The value of debt judgments before courts in the north was £4.5 million in the three months to September with the number issued falling to record lows.
There were 1,746 small claims judgments in Q3 2016, a year on year decrease of 16 percent. While the total value fell 14 percent to £3.2m, the average value of a small claims judgment rose slightly by 3 percent to £1,834.
Meanwhile, the total number and value of judgments issued by the High Court similarly fell to its lowest third quarter level on record, with only 17 judgments registered and worth a total value of £1.3m. The average value of a High Court judgment was £78,978.