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Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 2016

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141Deferral of discharge where debtor cannot be traced

(1)Subsection (2) applies where the trustee—

(a)having made reasonable inquiries, is unable to ascertain the whereabouts of the debtor, and

(b)as a result is unable to carry out the trustee’s functions in accordance with section 50.

(2)The trustee must—

(a)notify the debtor by sending to the last known address of the debtor a deferral notice in the prescribed form,

(b)give a deferral notice to every creditor known to the trustee, and

(c)where the trustee is not AiB, apply in the prescribed form to AiB for a deferral.

(3)Any deferral application under subsection (2)(c) must be made by the trustee—

(a)no earlier than the date which is 8 months after the date on which sequestration is awarded, and

(b)no later than the date which is 10 months after the date on which sequestration is awarded.

(4)After receiving a deferral application, AiB must—

(a)take into account any representations made by an interested person within 14 days beginning with the day on which the application is made, and

(b)if satisfied of the matters mentioned in subsection (5), issue a certificate deferring discharge indefinitely.

(5)The matters are—

(a)that the trustee is unable to ascertain the whereabouts of the debtor, and

(b)it would not be reasonably practicable for the trustee to continue to search for the debtor.

(6)Where AiB is the trustee and has given a deferral notice in accordance with subsection (2)(b), AiB must—

(a)take into account any representations made by an interested person within 14 days beginning with the day on which the deferral notice is given, and

(b)if satisfied that it would not be reasonably practicable to continue to search for the debtor, issue a certificate deferring discharge indefinitely.

(7)Where a certificate is issued under subsection (4)(b) or (6)(b), AiB must make an appropriate entry in the register of insolvencies.

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