As part of a traditional series of joint professional meetings between the representatives of the Curia of Hungary and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Austria, a judicial seminar, organised by the Curia, was held in Pannonhalma, Hungary on 10 April 2018. The seminar’s criminal and civil law sections were attended by Hungarian and Austrian supreme court judges specialised in criminal and civil law respectively.
The Curia of Hungary and the Supreme People’s Court of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam concluded, on 26 March 2018 in Budapest, a Memorandum of Understanding on Judicial Co-operation on the basis of the principle of reciprocity. The co-operation aims at further strengthening the several-year-long professional relationship between the two supreme judicial forums, as well as exchanging best practices and experiences originating from the development of the two countries’ judicial and court systems.
Dr. Péter Darák, President of the Curia participated at the European Court of Human Rights’ solemn hearing for the opening of the judicial year and a preceding seminar on 26 January 2018 in Strasbourg.
The seminar was attended by many prominent representatives of the European countries’ judicial systems, including Supreme Court presidents and Constitutional Court presidents, and focused on the topic of “The Authority of the Judiciary”.
The Curia of Hungary has made significant steps in 2017, too, in developing integrity and eliminating the risks of corruption. On 11 November 2017 the supreme judicial forum participated, together with several other state agencies, in the annual conference which evaluated the implementation of the commitments that had been undertaken in the Statement of Cooperation in Strengthening Ability to Resist Corruption, signed in November 2011.
The President of the Curia was bestowed with a highly distinguished Austrian state order of merit on 20 November 2017. The Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria (Großes Goldenes Ehrenzeichen am Bande für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich) was bestowed on Dr. Péter Darák in the premises of the Palace of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Austria in Vienna. This is the second most prestigious Austrian state decoration of honour that can be awarded to heads of governments, ministers and parliament chairpersons.