When the court makes a decision about a private disagreement over money or property, it becomes a civil debt. The court decision is known as an order or judgment and tells one party (the debtor) that they must pay the other (the creditor).

Creditors can ask the court to help them collect the debt if the debtor does not pay. This is called civil enforcement. The creditor may have to pay fees; usually the fees can be added to the debt.

Collecting your debt: information for civil creditors

You can ask the court to help you collect your civil debt if the debtor does not pay. This is called civil enforcement. You may have to pay fees.

Collect civil debt

Managing your debt: information for civil debtors

The creditor can ask the court to take action against you to encourage you to pay your debt. This is called civil enforcement. Find out what the court can do and what your options are.

Pay civil debt

Civil enforcement fees

Usually these fees have to be paid when you file an application. To apply for enforcement against more than one debtor, the creditor must file an application form & pay fees for each debtor.

Civil enforcement fees 

Civil enforcement forms

Civil enforcement application forms for creditors, debtors and third parties.

Civil enforcement forms 

If you don’t have a judgment order yet

Civil enforcement happens after the court has made a civil order or judgment. If you have a disagreement about money and want to take someone to court, you can learn more on the courts and tribunals section of our website.

Learn about taking a civil debt to court (external link)

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