The very first thing that the private enforcement profession will bring to Ukraine is the efficiency and inevitability of execution of court decisions. That was stated by Damir Site, Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”. The new system will provide the toolkit for the maximum execution of judgements, unlike the old one, where officials who have committed corruption crimes could avoid punishment due to the impotent enforcement system. The new system makes private enforcement officers’ (PEOs) activities as transparent as possible.
“Private enforcement officers are not purely private. They are dealing with the execution of legally effective court decisions, meaning that what they are doing is not taking care of t their private interests, but requiring the execution of legally effective decisions,” said Damir Site. “Thus, by doing well their work, they are contributing to the improvement of the overall situation in Ukraine. Therefore, they are not exclusively private – their activities must be fully public, as well as their mission.”
Ukrainians would be able to feel the difference after the implementation of private enforcement system as fast as next year, says Dovydas Vitkauskas, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”. This requires gradual increase in number of PEOs in comparison to their peers from the public sector.
“Today, there are 4500 state enforcement officers in Ukraine, and we think, together with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, that they should be more numerous,” – said Dovydas Vitkauskas. – “The required minimum is one thousand PEOs, even better would be two thousand, so that this limb of the profession becomes competitive and effective when compared to the state enforcement agencies”.