Compulsory execution

Compulsory execution is the act of proceeding with the execution of a sentence despite the debtor‘s inertia or resistance. The purpose of compulsory execution is to enforce a contractual commitment or a court decision.

Several execution paths, which vary depending on the type of sentence, are available to the creditor. In the event of outstanding debt, i.e. for monetary sentences, the creditor may call on a bailiff to proceed with seizure and sale of the debtor’s property (movable and immovable, tangible or intangible): car, house, salary, income, etc.

Updated 02/01/2018

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