Hungarian justice in the forefront of Europe
The fourth edition of the EU justice scoreboard providing an overview on the efficiency, quality and independence of the justice system of the Member States has been published by the European Commission this year.
In the foreword of the 2016 scoreboard, the Commissioner for Justice of the European Commission refers to the common responsibility of all EU and national institutions for the guaranteeing of law enforcement and establishing an investment-friendly environment.
The justice scoreboard gives a comparative perspective on the judiciary of the Member States in terms of the civil, commercial and administrative cases, partly on the basis of self-reported figures and partly on the data of surveys of some international organisations. The analysis is based on the data of 2014, however, with an extended content.
Hungary had been ranked in the top third of the Member States in terms of the efficiency scores already in the past few years. These scores have not only been maintained by the judicial organization but also further developed in some aspects.
The performances of the administrative and labour courts are still outstanding: the number of pending administrative cases per one inhabitant is the second lowest, the time needed to resolve administrative cases is the sixth shortest within the EU.
Resolution of civil and commercial cases at first instance has been further accelerated in Hungary: Hungarian courts need the sixth shortest time in the EU.
In sum, the total number of pending cases in the examined areas of private law is the fourth lowest, the length of proceedings is the fifth shortest in Hungary among the 28 Member States.
The qualitative analysis of the operation of the court systems revealed that alternative dispute resolution methods, partly due to the introduction of the court mediation service, are more and more used in Hungary.
The administration of the judiciary in Hungary apparently applies instruments in compliance with the European trends in the fields of availability of online information for the general public, communication with the media, publication of judicial decisions and tracking of the judicial casework.
The judicial scoreboard is available here (in English).