August 1st, 2017

Critics warn judicial appointments proposal gives huge leg-up to party loyalists – The Budapest Beacon

A new procedure for appointing judges to a Fidesz-created “administrative court” has raised concerns among critics and experts that the positions could be filled by party loyalists, 444.hu reports.(…)

The justice ministry’s plan has even generated criticism from the National Judicial Agency (OBH), which itself faces plenty of criticism concerning its independence. The OBH was created in 2011 when Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-KDNP coalition decided to revamp the court system. Tünde Handó, wife of Fidesz MEP József Szájer, was appointed to lead the new agency following a secret vote in parliament. Since taking over the newly-created OBH, Handó herself has been the subject of much criticism for her management of Hungary’s leading judicial authority.

Source: Critics warn judicial appointments proposal gives huge leg-up to party loyalists – The Budapest Beacon

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