New section 60A – Electronic signatures
767.This section makes provision for electronic signatures where any document that requires to be signed under the 2002 Act is submitted in electronic form (regulations or rules of court made under the Act may permit certain documents to be submitted electronically). The signature has to be a certified electronic signature which complies with the requirements of the Electronic Communications Act 2000 (c.7).
768.Subsection (16)(a) inserts sub-paragraph (oa) into paragraph 1 of schedule 1 to the 2002 Act which provides for the expenses of serving a notice on the debtor setting out the date when an officer intends to enter a dwellinghouse to execute an exceptional attachment order to be chargeable against the debtor.
769.Subsection (16)(b) inserts new paragraph 1A into schedule 1 to the 2002 Act which provides that the expenses of removing attached articles, opening shut and lockfast places for the purposes of removing the articles and storing those articles cannot be charged against the debtor if the articles are removed under the urgent removal provisions of new section 19A(1).