Hungary’s new civil code will be more consistent and have a clearer structure than its predecessor, state secretary for justice Robert Repassy said in the parliamentary debate on the government’s draft of the new civil code on Wednesday.
In the draft, major areas of civil law covering private individuals and legal entities, the family, material law, contract law and inheritance issues, are dealt with in separate volumes, Repassy said. He added that articles have been given titles, a novel feature aimed at ease use.
Repassy insisted that the new legislation would be “the first, effective, democratically created civil code”, replacing an over fifty-year-old collection of regulations, made in response to social and economic changes, and mainly addressing areas where the old laws were no longer fit for purpose.
The new civil code, if passed by parliament, will take effect on January 1, 2014.