International Development Law Organization

Building the capacity of bailiffs

7 Feb 2017

Since the Maidan Revolution of 2013-2014, Ukraine has worked to reform the judiciary, including the judgement enforcement system for commercial matters. As in many transition countries, non-enforcement of commercial court decisions in Ukraine remains a key problem, affecting not only investor confidence, but also the functioning of the entire judiciary. Among particular concerns are lengthy delays, lack of effective measures to prevent and punish debtors who hide assets and evade court orders, few efficient mechanisms for bailiffs to obtain relevant information on debtors’ assets, and vague legislation which creates room for corruption.

IDLO is implementing a project in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) that aims to enhance the capacity of Ukrainian bailiffs to effectively enforce judgements in commercial matters by conducting a functional analysis of the enforcement system in Ukraine. The analysis will look to identify the main ‘bottlenecks’ impeding effectiveness and propose ways to address it. IDLO will also work to identify the specific training needs of bailiffs and will prepare a training plan with a particular focus on judgements by private bailiffs in commercial matters.