TIMELINE OF UNDERMINING THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY IN HUNGARY 2012–2019
Judicial independence has been under constant threat and has been systematically undermined by the governing majority in Hungary since 2011–2012. Steps threatening judicial independence included the centralisation of the administration of courts, the lowering of the mandatory retirement age of judges, terminating the mandate of the Supreme Court’s President prematurely, attempting to set up a heavily government-controlled administrative court system, and exerting pressure on critical judges. Below, we outline the most important events of the past seven years in this regard.
While judges feel they still can adjudicate relatively freely, the institutional independence of the judiciary hand has been severely undermined and the judges are under attack from multiple direction - according to a new report published by Amnesty International Hungary.
Eight Hungarian NGOs, participating in the stakeholder consultation launched by the European Commission for its first annual Rule of Law Report, trust that the EC will make concrete, enforceable recommendations to EU Member States, hence also for Hungary on how to advance rule of law in the EU.
Joint report by Amnesty International Hungary and the Hungarian Helsinki Commitee with regard to the independence of the judiciary in Hungary.