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HMRC internal manual

Debt Management and Banking Manual

HM Revenue & Customs
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Summary proceedings (Sc): Stages of taking a summary cause action

At each stage of the proceedings you must

  • ensure that the debt remains unpaid and
  • record the action taken on all the appropriate records.

To start to pursue an action you need to

  • prepare a summons (form1) and a service document for the defender (form1b) (DMBM675300 onwards)
  • send the form 1 etc to the court for registration (DMBM675420)
  • arrange for the service document(form1b) to be delivered to the defender (DMBM675450 - DMBM675500)
  • return the summons(form1) and/or the certificate of execution of service to the court
  • lodge form 17 with the court where appropriate
  • attend the court if necessary (DMBM675110)
  • obtain extract decree where the action is successful (DMBM675960)
  • instruct the sheriff officer as to how the decree that you have obtained for your debt is to be enforced (DMBM675970).