The Good Judge

Every judge desires to be a good judge. And just the same, every client hopes his case will be tried by a good judge.

The basis of the judicial profession is independence and impartiality, as set forth in the Fundamental Law. Besides these fundamental values, moral norms serve as foundation for the judiciary since hundreds of years, cornerstones of which are humility of the profession and unconditional respect for the law. Accurate preparation and humanity in the courtroom, profound knowledge and conscience in judgments. Honest work in everyday life, exemplary behavior in all areas of life.

But what does it mean to be a good judge in the 21st century? What is judicial profession about, judicial moral and ethics? In recent years, the Code of Judicial Conduct has been the answer to these questions, and also in this spirit we announced the György Ráth scholarship for the preservation of history and tradition, the György Mailáth scientific scholarship, and the Werbőczy scholarships. Several conferences, books, exhibitions and national programs demonstrated the abundance of the past and complexity of the knowledge on which the judiciary relies.

The program to be launched now, gives us the opportunity to summarize our achievements so far, re-thread the excavated beads – inside and outside the judiciary – and also start a dialogue about what does it mean to be a good judge in the 21st century Hungary.