Reception of the ambassadors on the European Day of Civil Justice
The National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ) held a professional conference for the representatives of the embassies in Budapest at the Hungarian Academy of Justice, on the 25th of October 2016. During the event that was organized on the occasion of the European Day of Civil Justice, representatives of the judicial system presented the results of the nationwide programs organized by the NOJ, among other topics.
Based on the decision by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the European Day of Civil Justice is celebrated each October. At this time open days are organized at courts throughout Europe and thus in Hungary as well. The purpose of the initiative is to bring adjudication closer to citizens, to make them more familiar with their rights while understanding them better, as well as the actual function of the judicial system and civil adjudication.
On the occasion of this day, the NOJ received delegates for almost 30 different countries from the embassies of Budapest. The purpose of the event was to establish and maintain good partnerships with judicial institutions of other countries, since it provides an opportunity to exchange experiences, to think collectively and to share good practices.
The event was opened by dr. Tünde Handó, the President of the NOJ by welcoming the representatives of the embassies. She said that the courts do not exist to make people's lives harder, but rather their task is to make them easier. It is beyond question that the rules must be observed and their observation must be enforced by the courts consistently. It is essential to aim for legality but it's not significant by itself and for itself. The law must be followed and enforced in order to make people's lives easier and simpler. It is the only way to make the judiciary the flagship of the rule of law, that shapes the living law, which is the fulfillment of the legislator's will through forming each individual's fate.
The President of the NOJ spoke about the results of the mid-term in the presidential cycle, called attention to the volume labeled “The court – In service of justice” which came out recently. She gave an account of the improving data regarding caseflow, and of the increasing diversity among the additional activities of the courts that derive from social responsibilities, apart from their 'classic' function of passing judgments. The NOJ has launched multiple nationwide programs, which have been extremely successful and quite popular. The 'Open courts' program promotes participation in spreading the knowledge of law, while the most essential purpose of the 'Child-centered administration of justice' program is to enforce the best interests of children. The main goal of the 'Witness care and victim protection' program is to aid the summoned witnesses in appearing at the trials with confidence, while being aware of their rights. The “Court mediation” program aims to encourage the parties to have a dialogue instead of pleading in their disputes. All of these programs prioritize the openness of courts and the service-providing aspect in the work of the judiciary, embodying the demand that adjudication should be easily available, while passing judgments should be knowable and comprehensible.
Budapest, 25th of October 2016.