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Hungarian Court Chief Says Government Should Uphold Rulings

July 19, 2012

Hungary’s government should uphold the rule of law by stopping its practice of bypassing and preempting Constitutional Court rulings, the court’s chief justice said.

The country’s highest court ruled on July 16 that Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Cabinet forcing judges to retire by lowering their pension age to 62 from 70 was unconstitutional. Hungary needs to create coherence between its constitution and laws governing the judiciary and pensions, Orban said on the same day, adding that “the system is to remain.”

“It’s been happening recently that the government tried to run a race to preempt Constitutional Court decisions or to bypass the contents of our rulings with various methods,” Chief Justice Peter Paczolay said on state-run MR1 radio today. “In the current case, lawmakers must implement our actual judgment as well as its spirit and intentions. That is one of the main criteria of the rule of law.”

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