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Short Update: Hungarian courts go into recess

FairTrialsAdmin - March 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Court closures, Remote Justice

 

In Hungary, the government has ordered a judicial break resulting in most criminal and civil court activities to be postponed indefinitely. Exceptions are made for urgent cases, such as those involving defendants in pre-trial detention. Courts are convening to determine if the detention should be prolonged until a trial can commence or if the defendant should be released. Police are also limiting their court-related activities such as interrogating defendants.

In other cases, court proceedings have stalled, despite being equipped with video conferencing tools to conduct cases remotely. As a result, incarcerated defendants who may have been freed already are now having their detentions prolonged.

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