21 January 2019
Judicial independence is now in jeopardy in Hungary. A new package of legislative proposals that limits judicial independence is a serious threat to the rule of law in Hungary and runs counter to values Hungary signed up to when it joined the European Union. Since 2010, most organizational changes, including the establishment of new institutions, have served the aim of eliminating checks on political power. Many of these changes, if taken each on their own merit, may have precedents in the constitutional orders of other European jurisdictions. The Hungarian government, however, has a track record of re-engineering of the rule of law. Given the present collapse of the legislature into an overpowering executive, significant changes to the judicial organization are snowballing into a real and serious threat to the rule of law in an EU member state.
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