About Trust Online
Trust Online is operated by Registry Trust and is a great example of public information being delivered by private means.
Registry Trust is a not-for-profit company which operates the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines for England and Wales on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, as well as similar registers for Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Jersey.
All the information in the registers is public information and anybody may access them using the Trust Online site. You can check your own records or the records of other people or businesses.
You can read all about the different registers in our 'Understanding judgments and fines' section.
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Registry Trust Limited is registered in Cardiff with company number 1896592. Its registered office is 153-157 Cleveland Street,London, W1T 6QW. Its VAT registration number is GB440 4009 96.
History of the registry
The Registry of County Court Judgments was set up by parliament in 1852.
The cost of running it led Lord Hailsham, the Lord Chancellor, to consider reducing the scope.
This was of great concern to lenders and consumers as the Register was of paramount importance in responsible credit granting.
After hearing their concerns Lord Hailsham agreed that the operation of the register could be handed to a non-profit company and Registry Trust was formed.
Registry Trust took the financial burden of operating the register from the government. More than that, it reimburses the Ministry of Justice for the cost of providing the information.
Laws that govern the registers in England and Wales
Under the Register of County Court Judgment Regulations 1985 (amended 1990 and 1996) the Registry has received judgments, satisfactions and cancellations daily from all the county courts in England & Wales.
In 1993 details of consumer Administration Orders, made in the county courts, were added to the Register and in 1997, details of Child Support Agency Liability Orders, obtained in magistrates courts, were added.
On April 6th 2006, the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines superseded the Register of County Court Judgments. High court judgments and fines defaults from magistrates courts joined the registers and Registry Trust (RTL) is contracted to the Lord Chancellor to maintain this new Register. Since April 1st 2009, the Register has included details of enforced Tribunal Awards relating to individuals, companies or businesses subject to a Tribunal decision as a result of which a sum of money is payable.
The Register now contains the following four sections:
- County Court Judgments, Administration Orders and Child Support Agency Liability Orders.
- High Court Judgments.
- Magistrates Courts Fines defaults.
- Tribunal Awards.