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This guide describes the function of an attachment order and outlines what an employer is obligated to do if an employee is subject to one.
Under the District Courts Act 2016, the District Court may require an employer to make deductions from
the salary or wages of an employee, specified by an attachment order. An attachment order directs that
money payable under a judgment of a District Court against an employee be paid by the employee’s
employer out of the employee’s wages or salary. An order of this kind is made when the person
(employee) has no other way of paying the sum ordered against them.
If the employee is also subject to deduction notices issued under the Child Support Act 1991 or the
Student Loan Scheme Act 2011, those other notices take precedence over the attachment order.
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