Judges struggling to deal with volume of repossession orders

The recent dramatic rise in repossessions has left courts schedules in turmoil as judges are forced to delay other hearings such as adoption applications, contract disputes and personal injury claims.

 

The 24 per cent increase in repossession orders, which have to be heard within eight weeks of filing, has left judges’ weekly timetables in turmoil. Financial Services Authority statistics suggest that the trend is also set to continue as the number of people missing three of more mortgage payments have doubled in the first three months of the year.

 

Bankruptcy petitions are on the rise, increasing by 5 per cent on the same period last year.

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