Conference on Courts and Communications

The Hungarian National Office for the Judiciary has organised the international Conference on Courts and Communication in Budapest 9 times from 2013 to 2019 with over 600 participants from 25 European countries. Each conference was dedicated to a different topic of the complex issues of courts and communication with national and international experts renowned in the actual topic. Here you can find the lectures and programmes of the past conferences.


Courts and Communication 2015


I. Means and measures of crisis communication

  • Tracey Turner-Tretz – Press officer, European Court of Human Rights
  • Kornél Bőhm – Head of section of Crisis Communications at Hungarian Public Relations Association (MPRSZ)


II. Publicity in cases concerning remote audition

  • Villem Lapimaa – Judge, Tallinn Court of Appeal


III. Strengthening of court public relations

  • Philip Langbroek – Professor, Utrecht University School of Law


IV. Image and sound recording at courts

  • Jonathan Sherman – Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
  • Dr. Balázs Rozsnyai – Judge, Hajdúböszörmény District court
  • Dr. Boglárka Csákány – Judge, Gyöngyös District court



Answers to questionnaire


Image and sound recording at court

  1. What type of legislation regulates the image and voice recording at courts in your country and in what way?
  2. Is there a separate provision (legislation, recommendation, regulation, etc.) regarding image and sound recording at courts, court buildings, court hearings, court events?
  3. Is the practise relatively uniform regarding image and sound recording at different courts in your country? If not, what characterises the types of recordings and what are the possibilities?
  4. If recording is permitted, how is this applied in practise? Where is it permitted (in front of the building, in the court room itself, on the corridor, etc.)?
  5. Are there any common problems relating to image and sound recording and if so, what are these?
  6. Is a contribution required from the subject in order to record image and/or sound? Is there a difference in this aspect between public figures (judge, prosecutor, policemen, etc.) and others attending the trial (parties, witnesses)?
  7. In case the recording takes place at the court room, who decides about how the recording is done (location and movement of the press in the court room, who can be recorded, what is the time frame of the recording)?
  8. Do courts keep the press informed on current cases or substantive decisions? If so, are there any specific rules?
  9. Is the recorded material made available to the subjects before it is published? If yes, in what way?
  10. In case incorrect information is published about the courts, or the content of a statement changes in the course of post-production, are any measures taken? If yes, what are the means of correction?


Strengthening of court PR: new trends of communication

  1. What type of social programmes are organised by your court in order to bring the public closer to the court?
  2. What kind of CSR programmes are organised by your court in the framework of corporate social responsibility?
  3. Are the programmes focused on a specific field of law? Are there significant programmes and events for a given field (e.g. domestic violence)?
  4. Are there programmes designed for specific groups of society (e.g. rights of children, helping the disabled)?
  5. Is there cooperation with partner organisations, non-governmental organisations relating to these programmes?
  6. How and where are said programmes and results communicated?
  7. What are your courts international relations? In order to maintain them, do you have programmes, invite partner judges or send your own judges and experts  to partner courts?  
  8. Is your country or court involved in international scholarship programmes, exchange programmes or study visits?
  9. Is there a separate platform for the communication of international relations – foreign website, etc.?
  10. Does your country or court use social media surfaces, if yes, what type of events are published?


Means and measures of crisis communication

  1. How is a crisis defined in the life of a court?
  2. Is there a crisis communication plan at your court?
  3. If you do have a plan for crisis communication, what is the content?
  4. Is there a declaration order in case of a crisis? If so, what is this order?
  5. What are the primary surfaces for the communication in case of a crisis?
  6. What are the main messages in case of a crisis?
  7. What basic principles need to be followed during crisis communication?
  8. How are the publications documented and  followed during a crisis?
  9. Is there any communication after the crisis and if yes, what is it like?
  10. How can a crisis be prevented? What crisis preventing strategies are used?



Workshops 1-3