NOJ proposed a number of amendments in legislation
The National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ) proposed a number of amendments in legislation that on the one hand aim at a more balanced case workload at each court level in criminal cases; while on the other hand assure quicker closing of court procedures.
The number of the criminal cases that exclusively belonged to the jurisdiction of the Budapest-Capital Regional Court, and generally those that belonged to the first instance level of the regional courts will decrease. As a result, regional courts of appeal will be able to close criminal cases more quickly, thus final sentences will be passed sooner in cases of exceptionally serious crimes.
Above this, NOJ also proposed the creation of additional positions for 35 judges, 50 judicial staff members and 24 judicial administrators in the jurisdiction of the Budapest-Capital Regional Court. If this enlargement takes place, it will mean a great improvement towards the elimination of backlogs that accumulated during the past years in the central region.
Among the amendments that were proposed by the government there is one about the cessation of the co-called transfer of cases. The transfer of cases – 13 cases in 2011, 42 cases in 2012 – contributed to a more balanced case workload distribution within the country by assigning the labour-intensive “mega-cases” to other courts, and helped clients vindicate their right to acquire a judgement within the shortest possible time in their lawsuits. All the cases transferred in 2011, and more than half of the cases transferred in 2012 were closed within a year, which would not have been possible at the original court. Besides this, the caseload of the Budapest-Capital Regional Court that was most affected by the transfer of cases was much more proportionate compared to previous years.
NOJ obeys the regulations in force, practises its competences and accomplishes its responsibilities within their framework. However, by terminating the possibility of the transfer of cases additional resources might be necessary to maintain the positive processes in the central region. With this intention NOJ – after discussing it with the courts – would like to propose additional amendments in legislation, among others the expansion of the competences of trainee judges and court administrators, the supervision of the competences and the jurisdiction of certain courts in order to make court procedures even faster.