August 3rd, 2017

Jobbik: planned changes in admin court judges’ qualification unconstitutional

The government mulls unconstitutional changes in the qualification system of judges aspiring to serve in the new administrative courts, scheduled to start operation on January 1, 2018, Gábor Staudt of the Jobbik party said. By modifying the qualification process for such judges, Fidesz is trying to circumvent a law requiring a two-thirds majority with a ministry decree, the lawmaker told a press briefing. It is arrogant beyond measure that Fidesz tries to change the goalposts this way, he said.

By ranking administrative experience higher in the qualification process than judiciary experience, Fidesz is trying to enable loyal officials to easily qualify as judges, Staudt said, adding that this system would pave the way for parachuting public servants or even ministry officials into the administrative courts. If need be, Jobbik will turn to the Constitutional Court, he said.

Earlier this week, Justice Minister László Trócsányi insisted in a statement that lawyers working in public administration “are at a disadvantage when applying to become judges, and their experience should be recognised more”. He added that the ministry’s aim is to “improve the judiciary procedure with the move”.

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