• Courts and Communication VII., Budapest - 2019

    Continuing the success of the last six years’ conferences with the participation of 584 guests from 25 European countries in total, the National Office for the Judiciary organises the next international Conference on Courts and Communication in Budapest on 10-11 October 2019.

    This will be the seventh annual conference held in Budapest dedicated to the complex issue of courts and communication with national and international experts renowned in the actual topic.

    This year the topic will be Building Trust via Communication.

    Lectures will be held on the first day with workshops on the second day focusing on the following:

    1. Communication of high-profile cases
    2. Courts’ mission to promote values
    3. Internal communication

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    For further information about the National Office for the Judiciary please go to the https://birosag.hu/en.

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  • Topic of Conference 2019: Building Trust via Communication

    Communication of high-profile cases

    Courts’ mission to promote values

     Internal communication

     

  • Programme

    1st day (Thursday)

    09:30 – 10:00Registration

    10:00 – 10:15Opening ceremony
    Tünde Handó, , President of the National Office for the Judiciary

    10:15 – 11:00 Keynote speech
    Ms. Erika Besnyi, senior trainer, business coach

    11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break, group photo

    11:15 – 11:45 Communication of high-profile cases 
    José María Ortega Martinez de Victoria, Head of Communication Office,
    High Court of Justice of Castille y León

    11:45 – 12:15 Communication of high-profile cases 
    dr. Zsófia Lele, Judge,
    Vice-president of the Szeged Administrative and Labour Court

    12:15 – 13:30 Lunch

    13:30 – 14:00 Courts’ mission to promote values 
    Iveta Jaudzema, International cooperation specialist Division of Communication,
    Supreme Court of Latvia

    14:00 – 14:30 Courts’ mission to promote values  
    dr. András Osztovits, Judge,
    Director of the Hungarian Academy of Justice

    14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break

    14:45 – 15:15 Internal communication  
    John Coughlan, Director of Corporate Communications,
    Academy of European Law

    15:15 – 15:45 Internal Communication 
    dr. Ph.D. Edina Kriskó, Lecturer,
    National University of Public Service,
    Faculty of Public Governance and International Studies,
    Institute of Human Resources

    19:00Gala Dinner at Gundel Restaurant

     

    2nd day (Friday)

    09:00 – 09:30Registration

    09:30 – 11:00 Workshop 1
    Communication of high-profile cases
    Workshop leader:
    Mr. Balázs Rozsnyai,

    Judge,
    Hajdúböszörmény District Court

     Workshop 2
    Courts’ mission to promote values
    Workshop leader:
    Mr. William Valasidis,

    Director of Communications,
    Court of Justice of the EU

      Workshop 3
    Internal communication
    Workshop leader:
    dr. Ph.D. Edina Kriskó,

    Lecturer,
    National University of Public Service,
    Faculty of Public Governance and International Studies,
    Institute of Human Resources

    11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

    11:15 – 12:45 Workshop 1
    Communication of high-profile cases
    Workshop leader:
    Mr. Balázs Rozsnyai,

    Judge,
    Hajdúböszörmény District Court

     Workshop 2
    Courts’ mission to promote values
    Workshop leader:
    Mr. William Valasidis,

    Director of Communications,
    Court of Justice of the EU

      Workshop 3
    Internal communication
    Workshop leader:
    dr. Ph.D. Edina Kriskó,

    Lecturer,
    National University of Public Service,
    Faculty of Public Governance and International Studies,
    Institute of Human Resources

    12:45 – 14:00 Lunch

    14:00 – 15:30 Workshop 1
    Communication of high-profile cases
    Workshop leader:
    Mr. Balázs Rozsnyai,

    Judge,
    Hajdúböszörmény District Court

     Workshop 2
    Courts’ mission to promote values
    Workshop leader:
    Mr. William Valasidis,

    Director of Communications,
    Court of Justice of the EU

      Workshop 3
    Internal communication
    Workshop leader:
    dr. Ph.D. Edina Kriskó,

    Lecturer,
    National University of Public Service,
    Faculty of Public Governance and International Studies,
    Institute of Human Resources

    15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break

    15:45 – 16:15 Plenary session: Summary of the workshops

    16:15 – 16:30 Closing of conference

    19:00 – Farewell dinner at KIOSK Restaurant

  • Speakers

    Ms Erika Besnyi

    Erika is a senior trainer and a business coach. Having finished her English teacher career - including writing 6 books and subtitles for cartoons - she turned to business life. After spending 15 years in sales she became an L&D manager at several multinational companies. Now she is a freelance trainer and business coach, conducting 17 different leadership and skills trainings and running her own education enterprises.

    José María Ortega Martínez de Victoria

    José María has a degree in Journalism (School of Communication, University of Navarra), and a Diploma of Advanced Studies (research proficiency) about Organizational Communication (School of Communication, University of Málaga). He has been working since 2005, managing the institutional communication of the judiciary at Andalusia first and at Castilla y León later. During this time, he has coordinated external and internal communication of the judicial bodies, provided information to the media about judicial processes, organized the information coverage of trials of great media interest. In addition, he has coordinated training courses for judges, journalists and students. Previously, in his stage on the media, he has worked as news writer, copy editor and reporter in information services on TV and internet networks at CNN+ and CNNenEspañol.

    dr. Zsófia Lele

    Zsófia is administrative law judge and the Vice-President of the Administrative and Labour Court of Szeged. She is an active member of the Network of European Union Legal Advisors to help judges obtain detailed information about CJCE decisions and the correct application of European law. She obtained a degree in law at the University of Szeged and at the Paris Nanterre University. She holds a special interest in the Court communication to strengthen the trust and the respect of the public in the judiciary.

    Iveta Jaudzema

    Iveta works as an International Cooperation Specialist at the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court of Latvia. In this capacity, her mission encompasses organization of visits and interaction with international colleagues, introducing interested people with the history and development of the Latvian judicial system by leading guided tours in the Court’s museum, contributing to development of Supreme Court’s webpage, as well as other necessary activities for ensuring effective communication both at the Court and with the society.

    dr. Osztovits András

    Dr. András Osztovits (PhD, dr. habil.) is judge at the Hungarian Supreme Court (Kúria). He holds different research and teaching positions at the Károli University in Budapest. He made researches in Heidelberg and Vienna. He has more than 100 publications in Hungarian and in English. He is the editor of three Hungarian periodicals, and edited the Handbook on the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Currently he works as director of the Hungarian Academy of Justice. His main research interests are civil law, EU law, insolvency law, international civil procedure law.

    John Coughlan

    John is Deputy Director of the Academy of European Law (ERA) and Director of Communications. As a member of the management board, he heads a diverse team using modern communication tools to work with ERA’s target audience of judges and legal practitioners. Having studied literature and political science, he came to ERA from a public relations background, which he has now been applying to the judiciary and legal professions for 15 years.

    Edina Kriskó PhD

    Communication Expert, Trainer, Mediator, Social Responsibility Manager. She is Assistant Professor at the National University of Public Service, Faculty of Public Governance and International Studies. She graduated in Public Relations and International Communication at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Szeged, then she defended her PhD – about the press communication of the Hungarian Police – at the University of Pécs in the Communication Doctoral Program (2013). She gained her educational experience at the Dennis Gabor Applied University (2006–2009), at the Budapest Business School, Faculty of International Business (2010–2014) and the National University of Public Service (2012-). She regularly leads leadership and competence development trainings and workshops. She conducts her research in the field of organizational communication, communication in law enforcement, social media as well as crisis communication.

    William Valasidis

    William Valasidis is the Director of Communications of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Previously he has held the position of Director of Protocol and Information of the CJEU and  he served as référendaire in the Chambers of the President of the CJEU, Prof. Dr. Vassilios Skouris (1999-2014) and in the Chambers of the Judge Krateros Ioannou (1998-1999). Mr. Valasidis holds a Degree in Law summa cum laude from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki School of Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard Law School.

    dr. Balázs Rozsnyai

    Balázs Rozsnyai is a judge, who has been adjudicating criminal matters at the District Court of Hajdúböszörmény since 2008. He is member of the European Law Consultant Network and the Cybercrime Network of the Hungarian judiciary, while - on regional court level - he is also active in the Open Court Program of the National Office for the Judiciary, as well as responsible for the international relations of the Regional Court of Debrecen.

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  • Practical information

    Event

    Courts and Communication VII., Budapest - 2019

    Dates

    10-11 October 2019

    Venue

    National Office for the Judiciary - Hungarian Academy of Justice (HAJ), H-1122 Budapest, Tóth Lőrinc street 6., Hungary

    Accommodation

    The HAJ building comprises of a conference hall, several training rooms, a library, a hotel, a restaurant and an underground car park (free of charge). The hotel facility is able to accommodate 90 guests in 20 single rooms, 30 double rooms and 5 apartments.

    Room amenities: bathroom, air conditioning, TV, telephone, mini bar, wardrobe.

    Bathroom amenities: bathroom with shower, towels, complimentary toiletries, hairdryer.

    Other services: sauna and fitness room, iron (can be borrowed at the reception).

    Free Wifi: available in the whole building.

    Restaurant: open on weekdays only.

       

    • Questionnaire

      Internal Communication workshop

      1. What are the main goals of the organizational internal communication (internal public relations) and what kind of activities and targeted programs are associated with them?
      2. What kind of tools are applied in the organizational internal communication to strengthen the commitment and the loyalty of employees and retain the knowledge and the talent?
      3. Can you perceive shifts in the internal communication towards new communication technologies (voice-, picture-, video-based communication, mobile tools and applications)? To what extent are these changes taking place?
      4. When introducing new technologies, how successful is the process of trust-building towards the new tools and how clear can the communication of security requirements and ethical rules be?
      5. How often do you initiate access to official information (for instance mail, databases, documents, organizational website, via desktop, laptop, mobile, tablet, etc.) outside of your office hours?
      In other words:
      Where do you draw the line (in terms of time, usage, device, content, etc.), when it comes to accessing/following official (work-related) information, to protect your privacy and leisure time?

       

      Courts’ mission to promote values workshop

      1. Is the notion of „Courts’ mission to promote values” discussed within the judicial system of your country?
      2. Are Courts actively engaged in promoting values in your country? If so, do they act independently, based on central planning or in cooperation with the executive branch of government (i.e. Ministry of Education).
      3. Should such an activity be the responsibility of judges, spokespersons and communication experts, or both?
      4. Which are the principal values promoted by Courts in your country? Should there be, in your view, additional values?
      5. What are the principal vectors or means by which Court engage in the promotion of certain values?
      6. Should such an activity be directed to the general population or specific target groups? If so which ones?

       

      Communication of high-profile cases

      1. Which cases are considered as ‘high-profile’ cases in your court’s communication?
      2. How does your court communicate high-profile cases? (e.g. platforms, press conferences, foreign languages, regularity, style)
      3. Does your court communicate in a different manner in high-profile cases? If so, what are the differences?
      4. How proactively should courts communicate in cases, when the crime committed has had serious adverse effects on citizens’ sense of security either locally or countrywide? (e.g. homicide, terror attack, human trafficking)
      5. How does your court communicate politically or other way sensitive cases (e.g. the accused is a prosecutor or a judge) provided that there are no antecedents in the media? Do you make it public right after registration at court or only report when questions arise?
      6. How to communicate those high-profile cases, which have been repealed by the appellant court? What is your opinion; does the communication of repeal build or destroy public trust?
      7. Does your court have a (crisis)communication strategy? If so, which are those elements of your strategy that might influence public trust positively?
      8. What is your opinion, can the behavior of the presiding judge in high-profile cases influence public trust and confidence in courts?
      9. What is your opinion, which are those expectations of the society towards courts’ communication that might influence the building of public trust?