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Enforcement hearings

An enforcement hearing obtains financial information from an enforcement debtor (a person required to pay money under a court order).

The enforcement creditor (a person entitled to enforce an order for the payment of money) must request that the enforcement debtor complete and return a Statement of Financial Position - Form 71.

The enforcement debtor must complete and return the Statement of Financial Position to the enforcement creditor within 14 days after receiving it.  If the enforcement debtor does not comply with this request, they may be punished by the court for contempt.

After making a request for completion of a Statement of Financial Position, the enforcement creditor may apply to the court for an enforcement hearing summons.  The summons will require that the debtor attend court to answer questions relating to their financial affairs.

The summons may also require an enforcement debtor to complete a Statement of Financial Position (if the creditor was not satisfied with the one already returned, or the debtor did not complete and return a statement) and return it to the enforcement creditor at least 4 business days before the hearing date.

If the debtor does not attend the hearing, the court may issue a warrant for their arrest to bring them to court.

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