Section 76 – Measure of damages payable by judicial officer for negligence or other fault
231.This section replicates the provisions of section 85 of the 1987 Act, which is now repealed (see schedule 6). It makes it clear that no common law rule which determined the damages payable to a creditor by a messenger-at-arms or sheriff officer for negligent delay or failure to execute diligence by reference to the amount of debt being recovered is revived as a result of that repeal or the provisions in this Part. Nor is any such rule applied to a judicial officer. The effect of this is that the normal rules for quantifying damages for negligence or breach of contract apply.