You can apply for a registrar to phone the debtor to assess their ability to pay. This can be useful if:
Fill out the assessment of financial means application form. Make sure you:
You should also include the debtor's address. If we cannot make contact with the debtor by phone, then a hearing can be ordered so that the debtor has to come to court to complete the financial assessment.
If the judgment debtor is a company, you should also include the name of a relevant officer of the company on your application. A relevant officer is a person who will be able to answer questions about the company’s ability to pay the debt (e.g. a Director).
If you do not know the name of a relevant officer, you can search for more information on the New Zealand Companies Register:
Ministry of Justice
Write the address as written above and send it the same way as any other mail. You can use an NZ Post mail box. If you use a DX mail box your mail will get to us faster(external link)
You can also file it at your local district court.
A registrar will phone the debtor to assess their finances. The registrar can issue a range of orders including an attachment order.
If the registrar cannot assess the debtor’s finances over the phone, they may issue a summons for the debtor to attend a hearing. You can’t be at this hearing.
The court will tell you the result of the application.
: From Thursday 24 February, New Zealand moved into “Phase three” of the Government’s three phase public health response to Omicron under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.
This means that while we can process an application for an Assessment of Financial Means, if phone contact fails and results in a summons being issued there will be a delay when service can be attempted.
We understand this is a very difficult time, please contact us on 0800 233 222 if you have any questions about your application.
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