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(1)There shall be a form of diligence over corporeal moveable property for recovery of money owed; it is to be known as attachment.
(2)Attachment is exigible only in execution of a decree or document of debt and only upon property owned (whether alone or in common) by the debtor.
(3)Attachment is competent only where—
[F1(a)the debtor has been charged to pay the debt;
(b)the period for payment specified in the charge has expired without payment being made; and
(c)where the debtor is an individual, the creditor has, no earlier than 12 weeks before taking any steps to execute the attachment, provided the debtor with a debt advice and information package.]
F2(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(5)In this section—
“debt advice and information package” means a document or bundle of documents containing such information (including information regarding the availability of money advice within the debtor’s locality), and in such form, as the Scottish Ministers may determine;
a decree of the Court of Session, of the High Court of Justiciary or of the sheriff;
a decree of the Court of Teinds;
a summary warrant;
a civil judgment granted outside Scotland by a court, tribunal or arbiter which by virtue of any enactment or rule of law is enforceable in Scotland;
an order or determination which by virtue of any enactment is enforceable as if it were an extract registered decree arbitral bearing a warrant for execution issued by the sheriff;
a warrant granted, in criminal proceedings, for enforcement by civil diligence;
an order under section 114 of the Companies Clauses Consolidation (Scotland) Act 1845 (c.17);
a determination under section 46 of the Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847 (c.27); or
a liability order within the meaning of section 33(2) of the Child Support Act 1991 (c.48),
being a decree, warrant, judgment, order or determination which, or an extract of which, authorises attachment; and
“document of debt” means—
a document registered for execution in the Books of Council and Session or the sheriff court books; F4...
a document or settlement which by virtue of an Order in Council made under section 13 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (c.27) is enforceable in Scotland,
[F5a court settlement or authentic instrument (within the meaning of Article 2 of the Maintenance Regulation) which is—
registered in the sheriff court under the 2011 Regulations ; or
otherwise enforceable in Scotland by virtue of the Maintenance Regulation and the 2011 Regulations ; or
a maintenance arrangement (within the meaning of Article 3 of the Hague Convention) which is registered in the sheriff court under the Hague Convention,]
[F6being a document, bill, settlement, instrument or arrangement] which, or an extract of which, authorises attachment.
[F7“the Hague Convention” means the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and other forms of Family Maintenance done at The Hague on 23rd November 2007; and
“the Maintenance Regulation” means Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and cooperation in matters relating to maintenance obligations including as applied in relation to Denmark by virtue of the Agreement made on 19th October 2005 between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark. ]
(6)The Scottish Ministers may by order modify the definitions of “decree” and “document of debt” in subsection (5) above so as to—
(a)add or remove types of decree or document to or, as the case may be, from those referred to in that provision; or
(b)vary any of the descriptions of the types of decree or document there referred to.
(7)In this Act, references to attaching are references to the execution of attachment.
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