About the courts
On 6 May 2020, Dr. György Senyei, President of the National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ) reported to the Parliament on the general situation and administrative activity of the courts in 2018.
Administrative and labour courts were abolished as of 31 March 2020. In administrative court cases the Budapest-Capital, Budapest Environs, Debrecen, Győr, Miskolc, Pécs, Szeged and Veszprém Regional Courts proceed with regional competence on first instance.
In order to ensure the uniform application of the Government Decree 74/2020. (III. 31.) on certain procedural measures in force during the state of danger, the points 1 and 2 of the National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ) Presidential Decree no. 43/2020. (III. 27.) are repealed – as decided the president of the NOJ on the recommendation of the Emergency Cabinet.
The extraordinary suspension of judicial activities – in effect since the 15th of March 2020 - has ended. According to Government Decree 74/2020 (III.19.) on certain procedural measures prevailing during the state of danger the courts also operate during the state of danger, however, the measures to protect the health of court staff and clients in the current epidemiological situation must continue to be complied.
President of the Constitutional Court, dr. Tamás Sulyok took measures to maintain the functioning of the Constitutional Court (CC). The purpose of the measures is to enable the boards to meet and to take decisions during the coronavirus outbreak, while maintaining the health of CC judges and court staff.
The Supreme Court of Hungary (Curia) keeps performing its judicial tasks laid down in the Constitution and other Acts at a high professional level during the epidemiological state of danger as well.
On 7 April 2020, János Áder, president of the republic has appointed Katalin Csillám and Mónika Erőss as vice-presidents of the National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ).
President of the Republic János Áder appointed Attila Harangozó as vice-president of the National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ) on 6 February 2020.
György Senyei emphasized that the quality of judgments should be prioritized over the quantitative approach, which requires a consistent separation of administrative and professional roles.
At the meeting, György Senyei emphasized that the Czech Republic and Hungary are linked not only by their geographical proximity and common history, but also by the Roman and Continental legal roots of the two legal systems, as well as the simultaneous change of regime and accession to the European Union.