Committal to prison
Committal to prison proceedings are commenced when-
- Enforcement Agents have been unable to collect the debt or remove goods to sell at auction to pay the council tax
- none of the other options to recover the money are successful or practical
The council then has no choice but to ask the court to issue a summons for you to attend a committal hearing. This means that the council will be asking the court to send you to prison for not paying the council tax.
An enquiry into your means (income/expenses) will take place and a payment order made by the magistrates. Failure to maintain payments could ultimately result in a prison sentence.
If you do not appear in court, the magistrates will issue a warrant for your arrest, with bail. This means that a warrant officer will come and arrest you.
You will be bailed to appear in court at a later date. When you do appear, a means enquiry will take place and a payment order made. If you do not appear again, after being bailed, we will ask the magistrates to issue a warrant for your arrest, without bail. In this case the court officer will arrest you and take you straight to the court to appear in front of the magistrates. Every time a warrant of arrest is issued costs are incurred which you will be liable to pay.
You can contact us via any customer service centre or by our online enquiry form.
Hull City Council
PO Box 15
Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 613 562
It is easier and less stressful to discuss matters with the recovery section than go through a traumatic appearance in court.