The first increase in the salaries of judges and judicial employees after twelve years
Judges and judicial employees celebrate the Day of Courts on July 15 since 2001. This date is the anniversary of the promulgation of the Act IV of 1869, which separated public administration and the judicial power, and established judicial independence. On the event organized on the occasion of the Day of Courts in the building of the National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ), Tünde Handó, President of the NOJ also informed about the salary increase of judges and judicial staff.
At the ceremony Péter Darák, President of the Curia emphasized in his speech, that the lawyers may provide a protective wall for the society. In the rapidly developing world, the key to success in the legal profession is adapting to the change, the first sign of which is the regulation of the electronic procedures coming into force on 1 July. In connection with jurisdiction, he said that in the background of sentences not prejudices, not the service of the rich and powerful are to be found, but the legal culture studied at law school. The personal insight of the judge arrives through a powerful filter, so the verdict will always remain a legal text.
Tünde Handó, President of the NOJ, said that the employees of the judicial system have done much commonly for the success of the Hungarian judiciary. The achievements are now also demonstrated by data, based on the justice scoreboard of the European Commission, considering the totality of the civil cases, the case backlog is the fourth lowest in Hungary, and considering the speed of the trials, the Hungarian courts are the fifth fastest among the 28 Member States. She highlighted that after 12 years this will be the first time to increase the salary of judges and judicial staff, twice, by five percent each time. It is important to retain the employees, therefore the judicial system worked out the Retaining Program, a serious strategy to realize career within the Courts.
Tamás Gerber, the president of the National Judicial Council (NJC), highlighted that the unity of the judicial system has made it possible to create the Code of Ethics for Judges containing the most important ethical principles and rules of conduct of judges. He added, the draft of the "Integrity Regulations" of the judicial system raises the trust towards the Courts as well.
After the speech of the President of the NJC, a total of 100 judges and judicial staff received, in recognition of outstanding judicial activity and exemplary career, the Juhász Andor Award (named after the former president of the Hungarian Royal Curia), the certificate of court service, or the title of honorary judge of the court of appeal, honorary judge of the regional court, councillor of the Curia, principal councillor, or councillor.
The NOJ also presented at the event the book "That’s also us", containing the works of art by judges and judicial staff, as well as the book "The Court – in the Service of Justice", presenting the results of the judicial system in last four and a half years. This book presents, among others, the steps taken toward the timely jurisdiction, the national programs announced by the NOJ, the development of court buildings and the tools increasing the efficiency of customer management.