Enhanced judicial co-operation with the Vietnamese Supreme People’s Court

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26 March 2018

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.

The Vietnamese delegation, led by the Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court arrived in Budapest on Sunday, 25 March with the objective of better understanding the Hungarian judicial and court system. The Hungarian and Vietnamese supreme courts have had a closer co-operation with each other since the year 2011, when they signed their first Memorandum of Understanding. This co-operation has now been extended for a further period of five years by virtue of the parties’ latest agreement signed on Monday, 26 March in the premises of the Curia of Hungary.

Prior to the solemn signing of the agreement, discussions were held between some of the high-ranking representatives of the Curia of Hungary and the members of the Vietnamese delegation during which the President of the Curia highlighted that there are many parallel processes which similarly affect the judicial system in both countries. Dr. Péter Darák stressed that both countries seek to establish a court system that more and more serves their citizens. According to the Hungarian Chief Justice, the relationship between the two judicial forums has been based on mutual trust, openness and sincerity.

The Chief Justice of the Vietnamese Supreme People’s Court expressed his gratitude to his Hungarian counterpart. Mr. Nguyen Hoa Binh said that his country was truly interested in European legal experiences. He added that many new codes and procedural acts of law had been adopted in Vietnam in the past couple of years and that Vietnamese judges would be eager not only to learn the Hungarian best practices but to participate in scholarship and traineeship programmes as well. Dr. Péter Darák assured his Vietnamese counterpart that the Curia would be pleased to provide all the necessary professional support for the Vietnamese partner. In addition to their interest in gaining knowledge about the Hungarian judiciary and court system, the Vietnamese delegation members sought to be updated on electronic court proceedings and electronic communication in court cases in Hungary and on the public and media relations of Hungarian courts.

Budapest, the 28th of March 2018

Press Secretariat of the Curia of Hungary