Fees payable to Sheriff officers and Messengers at arms

The fees payable to sheriff officers are regulated by the Table of Fees payable to Sheriff Officers (Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 1990 (SI 1990 N0 381).

The use of messengers-at-arms and sheriff officers is only considered appropriate where:

  • A postal citation has been returned undelivered.
  • The witness is believed to be hostile or reluctant.
  • There is insufficient time to use postal citation (not as a result of delay on an agents part).

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