The act amendments submitted as reactions to the criticism by the Venice Commission do not provide sufficient guarantees to protect against corruption risks in the judiciary. Though the proposed measures bring some improvement compared to the legislation in effect, the proposal still leaves problems of the judiciary on the whole unresolved.
As reported in the press release of last Friday of the National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ) several court procedures were reassigned to other courts by Tünde Handó, president of the National Office for the Judiciary.
International and Hungarian leaders of Transparency International introduced their recommendations to the Government today morning expecting more efficient actions against corruption from the Hungarian presidency.
Prosecution services and courts will receive more money next year according to Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics. This additional funding will create an opportunity to establish an anti-corruption working group at the Prosecution Services and could speed up court procedures, said the minister last Tuesday at an anti-corruption conference hosted by Transparency International Hungary.
Transparency International Hungary - along with other NGOs - has called for the position of The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe on the recently introduced amendment to the Constitution related to the powers of the Constitutional Court of Hungary.
Peter Eigen, the founder of the worldwide organization of Transparency International (TI) visited Budapest meeting with the leading actors of the anti-corruption movements in Hungary.
The functioning of courts is not transparent, and there are no means to enforce their accountability – due to the regulations and structure of administration that existed until 2011. To handle the problems revealed by the researchers, the judicial system had to undergo reforms, and some parts of it still need to be reformed.
Corruption is undermining justice in many parts of the world, denying victims and the
accused the basic human right to a fair and impartial trial. This is the critical
conclusion of TI’s Global Corruption Report 2007.
Transparency International Hungary is a returning guest of the Hungarian Judicial Academy.