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HMRC internal manual

Debt Management and Banking Manual

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Ordinary Cause: Action by the debt manager before Options Hearing

Before attending the Options Hearing ensure you have sufficient knowledge of the case to enable you to fulfil the duties that the sheriff will expect of you. That is to provide the sheriff with sufficient information to enable him to conduct the hearing as provided for in the Sheriff Court Rules.

You must also ensure that the strict time limits for lodging the parts of the process and documents prior to the hearing have been adhered to. That is

  • defences have been lodged within 14 days after the expiry of the period of notice in accordance with 9.6(1) of the Ordinary Cause Rules 1993
  • the preliminary plea (Rule 22 Note) has been lodged no later than three days before the Options Hearing in accordance with 22.1 of the Ordinary Cause Rules 1993
  • the certified copy record has been lodged no later than two days before the Options Hearing in accordance with 9.11(2) and (3) of the Ordinary Cause Rules 1993
  • an inventory of productions was submitted at the time the productions(s) was/were lodged.