Yesterday, on 11th of June, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine together with the European Union Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, USAID New Justice Program, OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, Commercial Law Center, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development The International Organization for the Right to Development conducted an expert discussion on the best European practices and ways of developing of a private enforcement law in Ukraine
During the event, private enforcement officers (PEOs) from the Netherlands, Poland, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Moldova and Serbia shared their experience in developing the private enforcement of court decisions and provided practical advice on the organization of day-to-day work, the implementation of electronic case management, the use of advanced methods of information seeking and the effective start of self-government activities. – Association and Council of private enforcement officers of Ukraine, etc.
The event was attended by the first Ukrainian PEOs, who successfully passed the examinations and were certified by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on July 7, 2017, candidates to this position, as well as lawyers, judges and scholars.
The participants of the event discussed the main areas of PEOs’ activity, their interaction with judicial and executive authorities, other state and non-state structures, ethical standards, they should observe in their daily practice, and the importance of disciplinary responsibility for the proper enforcement of their duties while enforcing Court decisions and decisions of other bodies. The participants also focused on such issues as organization of effective office work, the role of assistant to a private enforcement officer, distribution of workload and best practices in filing.
During the discussion, the existing legislative mechanisms for timely and effective enforcement of court decisions, their urgency or the need for improvement were analyzed. In particular, conference participants hold a discussion about the role of mediation in PEOs’ activity, as one of the leading mechanisms for the effective enforcement in European legal space.
“Paying debts is one of the attributes of civilized society”, – said Damir Site (Serbia), EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” Expert.
Foreign experts also emphasized the importance of showing respect to PEOs independence in their duties performing, while at the same time strictly observing the rule of law as part of legalism in the process of enforcing court decisions.