Communication concerning the Plenary Session of the Curia held on the 18th of January 2016

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19 January 2016

Mr. Péter DARÁK, President of the Curia of Hungary convoked the Plenary Session of Curia judges on the 18th of January 2016 to commemorate the 190th anniversary of the birth of famous Hungarian jurist Mr. Károly CSEMEGI who drafted Hungary’s first Criminal Code.

The Plenary Session was held in the assembly hall of the former Palace of Justice (the building currently houses the Museum of Ethnography) on Kossuth Square. At the beginning of the meeting, President DARÁK presented the Curia’s 2016 work programme regarding its scientific and theoretical activities, the new methods of managing working relationships between the Curia and other courts, the plans for holding joint departmental meetings, as well as the common method for the analysis of the different books of the new Civil Code.

Mr. István KÓNYA, Vice-President of the Curia gave a speech on the Curia’s activities and their public perception, and he noted that publicity constitutes the most efficient means of social control over the supreme judicial body. He also emphasised that additional new methods of liaising with the public and the press should be sought in the future.

The heads of the jurisprudence-analysing working groups presented the subject of their examinations and their methods of analysis for the year 2016.

Mr. János BÓKA, associate professor at the Department of European Public and Private Law of the Faculty of International and European Studies of the National University of Public Service made a presentation on the activities of the Curia’s senior legal advisors. He reported on their tasks and competencies which include the delivery of an expert opinion on draft legislation, assistance in managerial and organisational matters and in the preparation of court decisions, in addition, the assessment and presentation of the case-law of other European courts. In his viewpoint, senior legal advisors should not be invited to give an opinion on draft legislation or to provide assistance in managerial and organisational matters, since they mostly lack the required expertise in these fields.

Ms. Kinga BÓDINÉ BELIZNAI, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University delivered an in-depth presentation not only on the life and carrier of Mr. Károly CSEMEGI, but on the social environment of his era as well.

Mr. Zoltán MÁRKI, head of panel at the Criminal Department of the Curia then reported on Mr. Károly CSEMEGI’s several-decade-long adjudicating activities in criminal matters as a head of panel at the Royal Curia. He also praised Mr. CSEMEGI’s scientific and codification works.

Mr. Ambrus MOLNÁR, head of panel at the Civil Department of the Curia reported on the summary report of a jurisprudence-analysing working group that had examined the courts’ not-on-the-merits decisions. The working group studied 18 percent of the Curia’s more than 5 400 not-on-the-merits decisions, and it analysed their legislative framework. Mr. György WELLMANN, Head of the Civil Department of the Curia added that the summary report would be further discussed at the departmental meeting of the Civil Department of the Curia. Subsequently, the participants of the Plenary Session unanimously approved the summary report.

President DARÁK then informed the participants of the Plenary Session that the “Curia judge of the year 2015” award had been bestowed on Mr. Zsolt Péter BALOGH, judge of the Municipality Panel of the Administrative and Labour Department of the Curia, while the “Curia employee of the year 2015” award had been given to Ms. Mária FARKASNÉ BAJNÓCZI, judicial employee of the Financial and Provisions Department of the Curia.

It was also announced at the end of the Plenary Session that, as of the 18th of January 2016, the Curia’s Legal Library had been renamed the Curia’s Gusztáv TŐRY Legal Library.

Budapest, the 19th of January 2016

Press Office of the Curia of Hungary