The writ that time forgot

Ministry of Community and Social Services (Family Responsibility Office)

Date: 2008


In September of 2000, Mr. P paid $1,600 that he owed in child support.

But unbeknownst to him, in July of that year, the FRO had filed a Writ of Execution against him to secure the debt.

This was filed with the Sheriff’s Office that September, even though by that time FRO’s records indicated Mr. P’s debt was clear.

In March 2007, Mr. P attempted to refinance his mortgage and discovered that there was a seven-year-old writ filed with the Sheriff’s Office – indicating he  somehow owed $6,900.

FRO staff told him his file was closed and they would not discuss it further.

With just five days to go before his refinancing deadline, Mr. P contacted the Ombudsman’s Office, and FRO staff gave us the same story – they had no record of a writ.

Only when we faxed a copy of the actual writ to them did they acknowledge its existence – and they quashed it three days later, in time for Mr. P’s refinancing.

FRO sent him a letter of apology.