Discussion of Judicial Enforcement Reforms Extended to Odesa Oblast
The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” in a partnership with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine continues series of expert discussions dedicated to the implementation of judicial enforcement reform. On 19 May, judges, lawyers and officials of local justice departments met to discuss advantages and challenges on a way to implementation of the reform.
According to Kostyantyn Silkin, First Deputy Director of the State Judicial Enforcement Service Department of the Ministry of Justice, legal proceeding depends on a proper judicial enforcement. He noted that launch of a mixed model with public and private enforcement should bring such benefits as increased number of satisfied judgments, reduced government expenditures for public enforcement services, increased state budget revenues from property sold at electronic auctions and increased employment opportunities.
Volodymyr Kutsenko, Head of the Territorial Unit of State Judicial Administration in Odesa Oblast, emphasized an importance of regular communication channels among all institutions of the judiciary in the process of implementation of the reform. He proposed to establish an electronic record management system between courts and judicial enforcement services to simplify a receipt of enforcement orders for citizens.
Andriy Kostin, Deputy Head of the Odesa Bar Council, believes that judicial enforcement reform will contribute to increased role of advocates in a legal proceeding.
Iryna Zharonkina, National Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, presented European comparisons and trends in the judicial enforcement reform. She focused on key elements of the reform implemented in Bulgaria as a best practice for Ukraine.
In conclusion, Kostyantyn SIlkin called upon the representatives of regional justice sector bodies to active engagement and input to the reform process.
On 08 October 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the enforcement package draft laws in the first reading. To date, the draft laws have been approved by the relevant parliamentary committee for the second reading and should be included in the agenda of one of the upcoming sessions.
The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” is taking an active part in the process of judicial enforcement system reform. Specifically, the Project’s experts support Ukrainian counterparts with establishing the new institute of private enforcement agents.