A new structure within the Hungarian judicial system to deal with legal disputes in public administration may start operatiion on January 1st, 2020
The government has decided to set up public administrative courts to raise the “level of professional quality” in such procedures. The system will also ensure more effective control over decision-making in public institutions.
There are plans to set up eight regional public administration courts supervised by a new Supreme Administrative Court.
Gergely Gulyás, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, highlighted that the government has approved the concept of the relevant legislation. The Ministry of Justice will present the bill to Parliament for debate by the end of October, and as expected Parliament will pass the law during its autumn session.
According to the Minister’s information, the status of judges will remain standard; only certain specificities will apply. All judges who are currently working in the administrative sections of courts will – on request – be automatically transferred to the new organization. The law will stipulate specific guarantees to that effect, he indicated.
The Administrative High Court will be seated in the town of Esztergom, and administrative tribunals with regional competence and jurisdiction will be set up in eight cities, Gulyás said. He added that the external administration of administrative courts will come under the justice minister’s supervision.