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145. Effect and contents of attachment of earnings order

(1) An attachment of earnings order shall be an order directed to a person who appears to the Court of First Instance to have the debtor in his employment and shall operate as an instruction to that person —
(a) to make periodical deductions from the debtor's earnings, as specified in the order; and
(b) at such times as the order may require, or as the Court may allow, to pay the amounts deducted to the collecting officer of the Court, as specified in the order.
(2) If the Court of First Instance makes an attachment of earnings order to secure payment of a judgment debt, the order must specify that periodical deductions are to be made in accordance with the fixed deductions scheme.
(3) If the Court of First Instance makes any other attachment of earnings order, the order must specify that periodical deductions are to be made in accordance with Part 1 of Schedule 2.
(4) For the purposes of these Regulations, the relationship of employer and employee shall be treated as subsisting between two persons if one of them, as principal and not as a servant or agent, pays to the other any sums defined as earnings by section 158.
(5) An attachment of earnings order shall contain prescribed particulars enabling the debtor to be identified by the employer.
(6) The order shall specify the whole amount payable under the relevant adjudication (or so much of that amount as remains unpaid), including any relevant costs.
(7) A Schedule 2 deductions order shall specify —
(a) the normal deduction rate, that is to say, the rate (expressed as a sum of money per week, month or other period) at which the Court thinks it reasonable for the debtor's earnings to be applied to meeting his liability under the relevant adjudication; and
(b) the protected earnings rate, that is to say the rate (so expressed) below which, having regard to the debtor's resources and needs, the Court thinks it reasonable that the earnings actually paid to him should not be reduced.
(8) For the purposes of an attachment of earning order, the collecting officer of the Court shall be (subject to later variation of the order under section 149) the proper officer of the Court of First Instance.
(9) In subsection (8) "proper officer" means an officer designated by the Chief Justice.
(10) The Chief Justice may by order make such provision as he considers expedient (including transitional provision) with a view to providing for the payment of amounts deducted under attachment of earnings orders to be made to such officers as may be designated by the order rather than to collecting officers of the Court.
(11) Any such order may make such amendments to these Regulations in relation to the functions exercised by or in relation to collecting officers of the Court as the Chief Justice considers expedient in consequence of the provision made by virtue of subsection (10).