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Bailiff project to be extended

Update: September, 17/2012 - 10:21
HCM CITY (VNS)— Lawmakers have proposed a three-year extension for a pilot project that has set up private bailiff services in HCM City.

They said the extension would give them more time to accurately assess the effectiveness of this institution, and study the possibility to extending it to other localities.

The pilot project was originally scheduled to close on July 1, 2012.

A draft resolution on project extension was discussed at a National Assembly session last Thursday.

The draft also proposes that the model of private bailiffs be extended to other localities in the country and that more comprehensive laws are issued, detailing their rights and responsibilities.

The pilot project that has set up private bailiff services in HCM City has gained positive results over the last two years, the meeting heard.

Since May 21, 2010, HCM City has had eight private bailiff offices with 33 bailiffs and 69 other staff members.

The private bailiff offices have contributed to improved protection of the people's legitimate interests as well as the functioning of judicial agencies, Pham Thi Thanh Loan, deputy head of the HCM City Civil Verdicts Execution Department, said at the meeting.

Other localities in the country, including central Da Nang City and the southern provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong have requested the Government for permission to introduce private bailiff services.

The major duties of a bailiff include verifying conditions for enforcing civil verdicts, serving all claims, summons or orders from the Court to the defendants, and executing civil enforcement warrants unless otherwise ordered by the Court.

However, several problems still remain.

For instance, the laws in certain fields, including tax management, property and credit activities, were not consistent with those governing private bailiffs.

In addition, legislation passed by the National Assembly on private bailiffs to date was neither sufficient nor complete, according to Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong.

HCM City is the first locality in the country allowed by the Government to set up private bailiff services under a decision issued in 2009. — VNS

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