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Body cameras to be compulsory for some bailiffs

Body cameras to be compulsory for some bailiffs

Private bailiffs and High Court enforcement officers will have to wear body cameras under new rules announced by the Government today.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) says there are concerns some bailiffs continue to employ intimidating tactics which put themselves and often vulnerable consumers at risk.

The exact date the rules come into play is yet to be decided, and specifics – such as how consumers might access footage if they believe a bailiff broke the rules – haven't been revealed at this stage. But the MoJ says there will be enforcement powers to hold those who don't wear the cameras to account.

How will the new rules work?

Private bailiffs and High Court enforcement officers will be covered by the new rules, though county court bailiffs – which enforce judgments made in county courts – are not within their scope.
 
The Government also says that more information, including an assessment of the case for independent regulation, will be published later this summer. Some consumer groups including the Money Advice Trust have said that independent regulation with an easily accessible means of complaining is needed.

What does the Government say?

Justice Minister Paul Maynard said: "The use of intimidation and aggression by some bailiffs is utterly unacceptable, and it is right we do all we can to tackle such behaviour.

"Whilst most bailiffs act above-board, body-worn cameras will provide greater security for all involved – not least consumers who are often vulnerable."