Role of the Council in the Magistrates Court




This one day professional meeting is to be delivered virtually by Gary Watson IRRV (Hons), Deputy Chief Executive, IRRV. It will look at the role played by the Council in the Magistrates Court and be of interest to practitioners working in council tax and / or non-domestic rate.

The meeting will focus on the action that needs to be taken prior to, during and after a liability order / means enquiry hearing. In addition to covering the statutory provisions, the course will focus on the specific role of the officer who is representing the billing authority in the Magistrates Court. What they should do in advance of the hearing as well on the day itself.

In advance of this meeting, attendees will be sent a link to a pre-recorded webinar presented by the Deputy Chief Executive that looks at the role played by the Magistrates Court, procedures to be followed by a billing authority and key legislation / case law. Attendees will also be provided with a hand-out in advance of the meeting.

At the meeting, attendees will initially be put in to break-out rooms (facilitated by IRRV staff) where they will consider a number of case scenarios. The remainder of the day will then be dedicated to running mock liability order and means enquiry hearings. Attendees take on the role of taxpayers and the billing authority representative whilst IRRV staff will assume the role of magistrate and clerk.

Course Details
The course starts at 10.00am and finish approx. 4.30pm. Numbers will be limited to 20.

£145 plus VAT IRRV Member Rate (valid for Individual Members)
£175 plus VAT Forum/Organisational Member Rate
£205 plus VAT Non- Member Rate

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Cancellations made 2 weeks before the meeting will be subject to an administration charge of 50% of the fee plus VAT. Cancellations after this date are liable for the full registration fee. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time at no extra charge.


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