Sharing Good Practices - Training for Local Court Presidents at the Hungarian Academy of Justice


On the opening day of the training for local court leaders at the Hungarian Academy of Justice, dr. Tünde Handó, the President of the National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ) expressed that leadership approach, awareness, and a broadened-mind vision is an expectation for court leaders. Training focuses primarily on social skills, so-called soft skills.

Time management, decision-making, communicating strategic decisions, thinking in a system, crisis management - district court leaders, under the guidance of the court coach trainer network, are taking part in a three-day course where they can get a review and try out social skills that they can use as leaders. The training is also very useful for district court presidents, as it is important for them to be able to assist their subordinates and communicate effectively. To do this, however, it is essential that the leader is aware of each employee’s personality, the preferences of individuals and also has the right self-knowledge. The goal is to be able to deal with conflicts, to remain calm in stressful situations, and to communicate necessary measures to be taken in such a way that their background is made clear.

"The goal of the three days is to get the participants inspired while inspiring each other," said Maria Simon specialized psychologist, trainer, chief advisor to the NOJ Presidential Cabinet, the manager of the program. - A great advantage of this training is that it is interactive: there are twenty-minute lectures that focus on management techniques and decision-making methods.

Even the first day of the training was quite intensive, as participants started off with motivational models and they went on studying the hazards of conflict of interest, personality types and stress management.
Court leaders represent all parts of the country, some with many years of experience in management, others being appointed a few months ago. District court leaders share their experiences and good practices during the three-day training.