Dear Ministry of Justice,
This request refers to the type of Bailiffs (Enforcement Officers) employed by private Enforcement Companies.
1 . Are these bailiffs self- employed?
2. To whom are they accountable?
3. How are they paid?
4. Is there a Bailiffs code of conduct, instruction manual or the like and if so where might this be found?
5. What training do they receive?
6. How many have been removed from the register by the court in the past six years?
7. How and by whom is the behaviour of these Bailiffs recorded and monitored?
8. Who decides if a person is suitable for the job of a Bailiff and what criteria is used?
9. Are any psychological assessments made as to the suitability of a person to perform the behaviours required by Bailiffs given that a compete lack of compassion and empathy towards humans is an essential requirement to perform the tasks involved - even more so given the Covid 19 Pandemic? If not why not?
10. Does the MOJ consider that this potentially life threatening method (in view of COVID 19) of collecting money owed is morally acceptable?
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