Writ Of Fi Fa

What is the Writ of Fi Fa (Writ of Control)?

The Writ of Fi Fa (shortened from fieri facias) is a remedy after judgment which a lender can seek once it has judgment, to obtain payment of outstanding debt. As of 2014 it has been renamed the Writ of Control. This can only be issued for the full amount of the Judgment debt and is a requirement for any execution on a Judgment debt of above £5,000.

A Writ of Control is the High Court equivalent of a warrant of execution, after a Judgment has been obtained in a legal action for a debt or damages. It is an order to the Authorised High Court Enforcement Officer to seize and sell your possessions. It can only be issued for the full judgment debt and that amount must be over £600.

Statutory interest and Court fees may also be added to the original Judgment amount when the Writ of Control is issued. Unlike a warrant of execution, no notice is required to be given.


Q: What does fi fa mean?

A: Fi Fa is short for the Latin phrase Fieri Facias, meaning “cause it to be done”.

Q: Who can issue a writ of control?

A: Only the High Court can issue a Writ of Control and only after a Judgment has been issued.

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