The National Judicial Council news

The National Judicial Council (NJC) was held its last meeting on 10th of May.

National Judical Council's session took place in Lovasberény, where the 1st point on the agenda was a statistical summary of the judical cases and the actuality of these procedures in the year of 2014 compare with the data of 2013 and occasionaly with 2012. The presentation, which was held by the head of department of the statistical analysis Mr.

The National Council for the Judiciary continued its work regarding the creation of the ethical codex on its session of the 8th of April, 2014.

On the session of 13th of May 2013, the National Council for the Judiciary listened to Mr. László Örkényi, deputy head of department's exposition of affairs on the most important characteristics of the case circulation at courts in 2013.

'We have gathered today to celebrate the foremost members of our profession; judges, court leaders, clerks and members of the court staff'.

On 29 April 2013 a delegation of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) visited Hungary accepting the invitation of the National Judicial Council. Paul Gilligan, president of the ENCJ, Horatius Dumbrava, member of the ENCJ Executive Board and Monique van der Goes, director of the ENCJ Office were the members of the delegation.

A little more than a year ago, on 15 March 2012 the National Judicial Council (NJC), the central supervisory body of court administration, commenced its work. On the occasion of this anniversary, dr. Sándor Fazekas, president-in-office of the board comprised of fifteen members held a press conference after a session on 16 April.

The amendment of the law on the organisation of the judiciary entered into force in July 2012 has extended the competencies of the NJC in several fields. According to the amendment the Council is obliged to elaborate principles  the president of the National Office for the Judiciary and the president of the Curia shall respect when making a proposal on deviating from the ranking of the Judges' Council of the respective courts upon evaluating the applications for judicial posts. On 21 January 2013 the NJC determined therse principles in its Decision No.

According to the amendment entered into force in July 2012 the NJC shall determine its budget for the coming year, about which it makes an agreement with the president of the NOJ. The independence of the NJC is underlined by having a separate and independent budget line in the budget of the judiciary.

The NJC discussed its budget several times for 2013 and as a result of that the president of the NJC has signed the agreement on the budget of the NJC for 2013 with the president of the NOJ on 13 December 2012.

The National Judicial Council – as the representative of the Hungarian Judiciary in the Regional Cooperation of the Regulatory Judicial Authorities of the Balkan Area - has accepted the Hungarian opinion regarding the „Permanent Office” of the Balkan Area Cooperation with its decision No. 89/2012 (XI.19.) OBT.

Regarding the disciplinary proceedings against judges and the related compensations, as well as the disputes arising from the evaluation of  their work as judges or as court executives the law on the organisation of the judiciary has set out the First Instance Service Court at the Budapest Regional Court of Appeal and the Second Instance Service Court at the Curia.

The law on the status of judges lays down the principle, that the relative of a court leader can not work as a judge at the same court (conflict of interests based on family relations).

Considering that the decision on the exceptions from the prohibition of employment due to conflicting interests of relatives affects the whole career of the concerned persons, the NJC felt it necessary to elaborate a clear system of criteria for deciding on such requests.