• The Law of 20th May 1942 established the National Chamber of Bailiffs. Its members were designated by the Minister of Justice. Each Court was represented by a delegate in the National Chamber, except for the Paris Court which had three delegates (two of whom came from Paris itself). The first meeting of the National Chamber was held on 7th December 1942. 
  • The statute of 2nd November 1945  followed the main provisions of 1942. Without being a union, the National Chamber from then on represented the whole profession which was closely linked to the public services. It was responsible for the organization and training of bailiffs’ clerks. It was agreed that the Presidency of the Chamber would alternate between a representative of the bailiffs of the Department of the Seine (Greater Paris region) and those outside the Greater Paris region 
  • Since 1st January 1947,  the National Chamber has appointed an administrative secretary general. Four secretary generals have been appointed since that date.

  • In the 1950s,  a Decree supplementing the Order of 2nd November 1945 amended the rules regulating the election of the National Bureau so as to allow better representation from outside the Greater Paris region.

  • The National Chamber of Bailiffs (Chambre Nationale des Huissiers de Justice - CNHJ), established in 1942, is higher in the hierarchy to the professional organization of bailiffs. Hierarchically it sits above the regional and departmental chambers of bailiffs.
    It follows the principle of state corporatism as a public utility structure under the supervision of the Ministry of Justice.