Curia Building Project – Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation has been signed
Based on the government’s plan through the reconstruction of the Budapest Palace of Justice the Curia moves back to the building which originally was its home and was taken by the leaders of the dictatorship. The Chief Prosecutor’s Office also gets place in the Palace. Among other things it was included in the Memorandum of Understanding that has been signed by the President of the National Office for the Judiciary, the President of the Curia and the Chief Prosecutor in the building of the Budapest Palace of Justice at the Kossuth square on 13th of September, 2017.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding preserving the professional and ethical prestige of justice is wondrous without respecting historical predecessors and following the professional-ethical values worded by them. The appearance of the judicial power and its physical environment have to reflect respect for traditions. The task of the Curia Building Project’s organization made by the head of institutions is to represent and collate the interests of the organizations during the reconstruction of the Budapest Palace of Justice, especially regarding the location, IT and security, artistic and technical requirements.
After signing the Memorandum of Understanding dr. Tünde Handó, President of the National Office for the Judiciary highlighted we are being part of a great historical moment. By quoting Andor Juhász, former great President of the Curia she said: ’with the power of remembrance, we must transform into a respectable tradition what is valuable and estimable for the judiciary’. She said it is our common endeavor for the Palace of Justice to win back its original purpose. It has a symbolic significance that the unity of the constitutional powers – the legislature, the executive and the judiciary – may appear on the nation's main square again.
Dr. Péter Darák reminded us that the Curia is one of the oldest institutions of the Hungarian state. In 1949 this historical institution, which disappeared and was reborn, was revoked and relegated from the premises built for it out of revenge by the dictatorship. Now it can return to its original place. On this way the first practical step is to sign the Memorandum testifying the collective will to do so.
Dr. Péter Polt emphasized that the Palace of Justice’s building represents the unity of justice. He added that according to the Constitution the public prosecutor's organization is a collaborator of justice. The Palace of Justice’s walls will be filled with the intellectual legacy of the former great predecessors and Crown Prosecutors, which serves as a measure for posterity.