Farewell to independent judiciary?
Thursday, 15 September 2011 08:22
There are a number of threats endangering the independent functioning of the judicial system in Hungary. First of all Fidesz plans to fill the vacant positions in the judiciary by summary proceedings.
On the other hand, the reform package suggested by Fidesz MEP János Áder could have even more devastating consequences. According to Gergely Bárándy, parliamentary representative of MSZP, the government moves forward on the road towards destroying the democratic institutional system when it abolishes the National Judiciary Council (NJC). (NJC fulfils the central duties of the administration of courts with the supervision of the constitutional principle of judicial independence, and exercises supervision of the administrative activities of the presidents of the courts of appeal and the country.) The reform plan will further reduce the independence of the judiciary. It is as if we were to abolish the government from the executive branch, and the parliament would nominate – instead of the prime minister and the ministers – an administrative national bureau and its leader, the chief administrator of the administrative system.