The Court Funds Office holds money paid to a child to settle a court case until the child turns 18.
If you are a litigation friend you will be responsible for the child’s Court Funds Office accounts until they turn 18, for example:
keeping contact details up to date
applying for any payments on the child’s behalf
receiving statements and tax records
Your responsibilities end when the child turns 18. The Court Funds Office will usually transfer the money to the child and close the account after the child’s 18th birthday.
Apply to the court that awarded the money to the child if you are not happy with how a litigation friend is acting and want to get someone else appointed as a child’s litigation friend.
Update contact details
Keep contact details up-to-date so the Court Funds Office can transfer the money to the child without delay when they turn 18.
your address or the child’s changes
your name or the child’s changes - you need to include a certified copy of a marriage certificate or deed poll
Court Funds Office
Get statements and tax records
You will get annual statements and tax vouchers for tax returns in April or May every year.
You will get another statement in October or November if there is £10,000 or more in the child’s account.
Apply for payments
You cannot access the child’s account without an order from the court.
If there is a reason the child needs money before turning 18, you must apply to the court that originally awarded the money.
Write to the court and explain what the money is for and how it will benefit the child
The court will tell you whether you need to:
provide evidence that the child will benefit
provide proof of exact costs
attend a hearing - the child may also need to attend
pay a fee
It will order the Court Funds Office to make a payment if your application is successful. You must give your bank account details to the court unless you ask to be paid by cheque.