Expert Returns to Bahrain to Improve Enforcement of Judicial Decisions

February 2008

At the request of the Bahraini Minister of Justice, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) sent expert Bernard Menut to Bahrain in December 2007 to provide technical assistance on the efficient enforcement of judicial decisions. Mr. Menut had previously visited Bahrain in the spring of 2007. His briefings and seminars inspired the Bahrain Minister of Justice and the Assistant Under secretary of Courts and Notary to bring him back for additional training and workshops.

During this latest visit, he made the case for putting in place measures tospeed the process of execution of judgments. Mr. Menut discussed methods to improve the system, such as privatizing the serving of documents and the enforcement of judicial decisions using private sector enforcement agents. He imparted his extensive expertise gained through his experience as the Presidentof the National Association of Enforcement Agents in France, as well as countless international assignments, including setting up a similar system inTunisia.

A detailed study produced during Mr. Menut’s trip covering areas such ascivil, commercial, tax and administrative affairs has now been submitted to the Ministry for their consideration and further action. Bahraini Judge Ajaji praised Mr. Menut’s service, saying that he was “outstanding and essential toour work crafting our legislation.”

 

For more information, please contact Nicole Jacobs njacobs@staff.abanet.org

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