Law-goers, a business like any other?

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Judicial officers are first and foremost public and ministerial judicial officers.

They hold a position with multiple responsibilities to individuals and businesses. In particular, they are responsible for drawing up findings, debt collections, setting up mediation, or inventories and seizures. A profession that is not so badly perceived by the French, despite the clichés that can circulate. In France, as of 1 September 2019, 3184 people occupy the position of judicial officer, divided into 1679 offices. A stable number since 2013, which shows the importance of this profession on a daily basis.

Judicial officers, partners of the daily life

The judicial officer intervenes in many situations relating to the life of a company or unpaid in an individual case. A study carried out by IFOP on 17 October 2019 highlights the opinion of the French judicial officers. Overall, this image of this profession is positive among the respondents. 74% of French respondents believe that the judicial officer is trustworthy. It also positions itself as a legitimate actor for making seizures, in front of law enforcement and private companies. The judicial officer is therefore considered a figure of authority useful to the proper functioning of society for 83% of the respondents. This is due to its decisive role in many professional and private situations.

It most often intervenes to seek solutions in a dispute between creditor and debtor. The bailiff therefore sets himself up as a mediator, and tries to find an agreement that can satisfy both parties.

His scope depends on the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal in which he establishes his professional residence. Thus, bailiffs practice within a defined territorial radius and accompany their clients in everyday situations. A welcome accompaniment that reassures and allows you to know who to turn to. The role of the bailiff evolves, depending on the evolution of the trades, behaviours and needs expressed by the French. And this, just like any company that sees its business grow over time.

Support for the company’s economic development

Judicial officers work with individuals as well as professionals. The latter need support in particular for the sustainability of their society. Support that professionals are very sensitive to, and even more so during a period like the one we know. Indeed, the COVID-19 crisis has damaged the national economy, affecting companies that have been shut down.

A context that risks highlighting an important problem for business leaders: unpaid debts. The unprecedented period has blocked any financial transaction and debt settlement between the customer and the company. Each year, according to a study conducted by IFOP in October 2019, 56 billion euros went into loss for unpaid debts. This has a significant impact on businesses. In fact, 25% become failing due to the delay in payment on invoice.

This is a phenomenon that particularly affects smaller businesses, which are unsuitable for sufficient cash flow. The presence of a judicial officer in this type of situation thus speeds up the payment of late claims. This helps to limit the impact on the company’s cash flow. Moreover, for the settlement of unpaid debts, the judicial officer is the preferred contact for 21% of the respondents, followed by the lawyer (19%).

At the same time, 72% of respondents indicated that they were in favour of a simplified procedure for the collection of unpaid commercial debts. In other words, the diversion of procedures for collecting claims. A bill has been tabled in this regard by François PATRIAT. At issue: a system that is too long to implement, which weakens companies that are still solvent.

Jobs to the rescue of business leaders

During the life of a company, an executive faces all kinds of situations. From the beginning of his company, he has the opportunity to surround himself to get all the advice he needs. This is the key to success. Indeed, the manager when he is alone at the helm must be able to manage multiple aspects of his business. The strategy to sell one’s concept and find strong partners is one of the pillars of entrepreneurial life. He must also master the financial sphere, to manage his budget and project himself for the sustainability of his business, which is not always obvious. He must also have legal knowledge of his status as an entrepreneur.

To guide and support him, there are several actors who have an advisory role to move forward serenely. The lawyer, for example, can anticipate all legal difficulties, and thus avoid disappointments. It not only helps to find solutions to problems, such as the bailiff, but also prevents avoidable difficulties. The corporate coach, on the other hand, allows the manager to have the keys to establish his role. With long-term monitoring, it helps to make the right decisions for the management of the company. This helps to avoid financial, social and strategic problems. Finally, the judicial officer allows the entrepreneur to protect a creation or an innovation, if he is at the origin of a new concept. It also accompanies it to recover debts so valuable for the maintenance of a professional activity. Complementary roles that are of paramount importance to support the entrepreneur in his evolution.

Help at any time in business life

The use of a lawyer, a corporate coach or a judicial officer is not limited to the creators of small businesses. Difficulties and challenges can occur at any point in a business leader’s career. It is for this reason that a leader should not hesitate to approach these professionals in order to be accompanied.

Sources:

The French’s view of the Justice Hussars – IFOP, 17/10/2019

Figures for the profession of Justice 2019-2020

Number of judicial officers France 2013-2018 – Statista

Decree No.56-222 of February 29, 1956 taken for the application of the ordinance of November 2, 1945 relating to the status of judicial officers

What perception do the French have of the profession of judicial officer? – THE WORLD OF THE RIGHT: the magazine of the legal professions

Unhj (National Union of Justice Hussars)

Delays and defaults – François PATRIAT’s proposed law

National Chamber of The Justice Officers: The judicial officers at your service

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