Judit Varga – Photo: BZT / Nóra Halász

Justice minister: Effective operation of Hungarian courts ensured

Hungary has successfully improved universal access to justice in the country in the past few years, and the effective, modern operation of courts is ensured, Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Friday, ahead of the meeting of EU justice ministers in Brussels.

The European Union’s justice scoreboard also shows that Hungarian courts are among the most advanced in digitalisation, Varga said in a Facebook post.

“We are in 4th place regarding the estimated duration of civil and economic lawsuits,” she said.

Victim protection centres, important platforms for universal access to justice, are currently present in 14 counties and Budapest, and the government is working to extend the system nationwide by 2025, she added.

The Hungarian system is in close cooperation with other government offices, the police, NGOs and churches, she said. The number of victims reached through the centres continues to grow even as the number of criminal acts is falling, she said.

Noting that the meeting will also table the fight against anti-Semitism, Varga said Hungary’s government had a zero tolerance policy against anti-Semitism. “We are committed to maintaining Hungary as a home to thriving Jewish communities and culture, and a safe home to everyone, regardless of religion. Hungary’s EU presidency in the second half of 2024 will make the fight against anti-Semitism a priority,” she said.

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