High-quality judgement ensured in the Supreme Court
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.
According to Government Decree 74/2020. (III. 31.) on the procedural measures prevailing during the state of danger the parties cannot request the holding of public hearings in appeal and review proceedings. The Supreme Court will decide to hear cases in chambers that have already been scheduled for public hearings on requests of the parties and notify the parties without delay. Requests for reviews are also decided in chambers by the panels of judges of the Curia. The deadlines – if not ruled otherwise by a government decree – are not affected by the state of danger.
According to the different divisions, despite the epidemiological state of danger cases are completed as usual. The high-quality judgement is ensured.
The judicial tasks are performed by the Curia in accordance with the isolation, monitoring quarantine and control rules ordered in order to prevent the introduction and spread of the infectious disease and the Government Decree 74/2020.
The three-member emergency unit led by the vice-president of the Supreme Court regularly holds meetings. Its task is to continuously monitor the measures, protocols and briefings of the Government and healthcare bodies and to maintain close contact with counterparts and the National Office for the Judiciary. In possession of all necessary information, the unit immediately takes measures.
The significant changes concerning the competence and organization of the Administrative Law Division took effect on 1 April 2020 as planned in the Supreme Court. New panels of judges started their work in the Administrative Law Division and a Labor Sub-Divison was formed in the Civil Law Division.
Meanwhile Supreme Court judges are also involved in the work of the cabinet formed for helping to apply the procedural measures prevailing during the state of danger. These professional groups were established by the President of the National Office for the Judiciary. The Civil, Business and Labour Law Cabinet for the state of danger is led by Árpád Orosz dr., president of the chamber. The Administrative Law Cabinet is led by Kincső Tóth dr, president of the chamber. Levente Bartkó dr., judge of the Curia participates in the work of the Criminal Law Cabinet.