• Courts and Communication V., Budapest - 2017

    After the successful conferences of the last four years, the National Office for the Judiciary organises the next international two-day conference in Budapest on 12-13 October 2017, entitled Conference on Courts and Communication. This will be the fifth event of a series of annual conferences held in Budapest dedicated to the complex issue of courts and communication with a specific focus issue each year presented by both nationally and internationally acclaimed experts.

    This year the conference will have the topic of clarity.

    Lectures will be held on the first day of the conference, followed by workshops on the second day, on the field of 3 subtopics:

    1. Clarity in judicial administration

    2. Clarity in jurisdiction

    3. Clarity in court press communication

    Please check regularly our latest updates.

    The conference is organised by National Office for the Judiciary. For further information about the National Office for the Judiciary please go to the http://birosag.hu/en.

    In the last four years nearly 400 guest from 25 European countries participated our Courts and Communication Conferences.

  • Topic of Conference 2017: Clarity

     Clarity in judicial administration

     Clarity in jurisdiction

     Clarity in court press communication

     

  • Programme

    12th October (Thursday)

    09:30 – 10:00Registration

    10:00 – 10:15Opening ceremony

    Tünde Handó, President of the National Office for the Judiciary

    10:15 – 10:45 Keynote speech

    William Valasidis, Director of Communications, Court of Justice of the EU

    10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break, group photo

    11:00 – 11:30 Clarity in judicial administration 

    Merethe Eckhardt, Director of Development, Danish Court Administration

    11:30 – 12:00 Clarity in judicial administration 

    Natasa Fülöp, judge, National Office for the Judiciary

    Annamária Nagy, assistant judge, National Office for the Judiciary

    Laura Dédesi, Head of Department for Communication, National Office for the Judiciary

    12:00 – 12:15 Questions

    12:15 – 13:30 Lunch

    13:30 – 14:00 Clarity in jurisdiction 

    Lieneke de Klerk, criminal judge and press judge at district court of Oost-Brabant, The Netherlands

    Ilse Westenenk, coordinator and senior press officer/communications consultant at district court of Oost-Brabant, The Netherlands

    14:00 – 14:30 Clarity in jurisdiction  

    András Osztovits, judge, Hungarian Supreme Court (Kúria)

    14:30 – 14:45 Questions

    14:45 – 15:00Coffee break

    15:00 – 15:30 Clarity in court press communication  

    Balázs Lehóczki, Press and Information Unit, Court of Justice of the EU

    15:30 – 16:00 Clarity in court press communication 

    Kornél Bőhm, Head of Crisis Communication Department, Hungarian Public Relations Association

    16:00 – 16:15  Questions

    19:00Gala dinner

     

    13th October (Friday)

    09:30 – 10:00Registration

    10:00 – 10:45 Workshop 1.

    • Clarity in judicial administration (Merethe Eckhardt, Director of Development, Danish Court Administration)

    • Clarity in jurisdiction (Karolina Varga, Deputy-Head of Department of Hungarian Academy of Justice, National Office for the Judiciary)

    • Clarity in court press communication (William Valasidis, Director of Communications, Court of Justice of the EU)

    10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

    11:00 – 11:45 Workshop 2.

    • Clarity in judicial administration

    • Clarity in jurisdiction

    • Clarity in court press communication

    11:45 – 12:00 Coffee break

    12:00 – 12:40 Workshop 3.

    • Clarity in judicial administration

    • Clarity in jurisdiction

    • Clarity in court press communication

    12:45 – 14:00 Lunch

    14:00 – 15:00 Plenary session: Summary of the workshops

    15:00 – 15:15 Closing

    18:30 –Social programme

  • Speakers

    William Valasidis
    Director of Communications of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)

    Topic: Keynote

    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.

    Merethe Eckhardt
    Director of Development, Danish Court Administration

    Topic: Clarity in judicial administration

    Merethe Eckhardt is working as a EVP Director of development for the Danish Court Administration. She is a former attorney at law and has as such met before the Danish Courts for many years. She has a background also in the Danish media and that has come in handy in her present job where her responsibilities include development, law, best practice, organization and communication.

    Annamaria Nagy
    assistant judge, National Office for the Judiciary

    Topic: Clarity in judicial administration

    „I truly believe that good administration and the rule of law requires clear, understandable and effective communication and legislation.“

    Annamaria Nagy has been working in the field of administration for the past 5 years, explicitely in the central administration of courts for more than 2 years. During these years she personally experienced how important clarity is not only inside the organisation but also in the field of communication with the citizens. For her postgraduate specialist training she wrote a thesis on the topic of clarity in legislation and her personal aim is to be involved in establishing clarity in judicial administration.

    Natasa Fülöp
    judge, National Office for the Judiciary

    Topic: Clarity in judicial administration

    Criminal judge of the Central District Court of Pest, the biggest district court in Europe, formerly head of the NOJ Administrative Unit, currently the leader of the project in connection with the entry into force of the new Hungarian Code of Criminal Procedure.

    Laura Dédesi
    Head of Department for Communication, National Office for the Judiciary

    Topic: Clarity in judicial administration

    Laura Dédesi is a Head of department of Press and Communication. She has been working In the central administration of the court system for 2 years. In the head of department her priority is to communicate clarity with the press and with the clients. In her opinion the quick and effective flowing of information is the foundation of a well-working judicial system. She has already given interviews to the press in several topics, multiple times.

    Lieneke de Klerk
    Criminal judge and press judge at district court of Oost-Brabant, The Netherlands

    Topic: Clarity in jurisdiction - Clear language in court: slow and steady wins the race.

    Engelina de Klerk was trained as a judge at the district court of Oost-Brabant. She worked as a judge in the fields of civil law, family law, foreign and alien law and criminal law. Since 2013 she is an examining magistrate. In 2005 she was appointed press judge in her court and since 2012 she is also a spokesperson on criminal law for the Council for the judiciary. She has participated in several EU-twinning projects about press relations in Macedonia, Romania and Turkey. Together with Ilse Westenenk she was part of the Dutch delegation that visited the National Office for the judiciary of Hungary in May of this year.

    Ilse Westenenk
    Coordinator and senior press officer/communications consultant at district court of Oost-Brabant, The Netherlands

    Topic: Clarity in jurisdiction - Clear language in court: slow and steady wins the race.

    She set up the communication department in the district court of Oost-Brabant, building a structure for good press relations, public affairs and corporate (internal) communications. She also played and plays an active role in the professionalization of the communication structure within the Dutch judiciary. Ilse is co-author of the Dutch press guideline and acted as chairman of the national working group on press relations in the Dutch judiciary. She is member of the Dutch national expertise group that advises courts in matters regarding the press guideline. She has participated in several EU (twinning) projects about press relations (e.g. in Macedonia, Romania and Turkey). Together with Engelina de Klerk she was part of the Dutch delegation that visited the National Office for the judiciary of Hungary in May of this year.

    András Osztovits
    Judge at the Hungarian Supreme Court (Kúria)

    Topic: Clarity in jurisdiction

    Dr. András Osztovits (PhD, dr. habil.) is judge at the Hungarian Supreme Court (Kúria) and associate professor at the Károli University in Budapest. Formerly he held different research and teaching positions in Heidelberg, Vienna and Oxford. He has more than 110 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. His main research interests are civil law, EU law, insolvency law, international civil procedure law.

    Balazs Lehoczki
    Press and Information Unit Court of Justice of the EU

    Topic: Clarity in court press communication

    „A good press release is not only a miniaturised version of a judgment but also a piece of news that can be consumed as such.“

    Balazs Lehoczki has been working in the press and information unit of the Court of Justice of the European Union for more than twelve years, a mission, which still inspires him so much as at the very beginning. In this unit, he is specifically in charge of informing the press and the general public of Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia of the Court’s decisions and activity. As a lawyer and a professional in judicial communication, his main objective is to provide the general public with an actual access to the Court’s case-law by putting at their disposal both clear and accurate communications materials.

    Kornél Bőhm
    Head of Crisis Communication Department, Hungarian Public Relations Association

    Topic: Clarity in court press communication

    Mr. Kornél Bőhm is the Head of Crisis Communication Department at the Hungarian Public Relations Association (MPRSZ). As a founder of Spindoc Communications Network, Mr. Kornel Bőhm is one of Hungary’s well known crisis communication experts. Most recently, as head of communications at Hungary's largest independent consulting firm, Kornel directed PR, positioning and strategic communications for the entire CEE region. Prior to his executive position, Kornel worked with market-leading companies in branding and telco&new media, acquiring all relevant skills at cutting edge communications.

    Workshop 1. - Merethe Eckhardt
    Director of Development, Danish Court Administration

    Workshop 2. – Karolina Varga
    Deputy-Head of Department of Hungarian Academy of Justice, National Office for the Judiciary

    Workshop 3. – William Valasidis
    Director of Communications, Court of Justice of the EU

  • Social events

    The gala dinner of the first day will take place in Restaurant Gerbeaud known about its exclusive environment.

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    www.gerbeaud.hu

     

    The social programme of the second day will be organized in Boat Rubin which enables a sightseeing tour on the Danube.

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  • Questionnaire

    1. Clarity in judicial administration

    1. How much emphasis is put on clarity in the administration of your country?
    2. In what extent was this issue put in the forefront in the past few years?
    3. Do you have any guidelines/regulations in the courts on clarity? If yes, in which way (obligatory or recommended)?
    4. When a new regulation is introduced in the judicial system, how much emphasis do you put on informing employees (explanation of content)?
    5. Is the clarity of administrative documents considered during the evaluation of employee-satisfaction?
    6. What kind of instruments do you use to inform clients?
    7. Which areas or topics are covered by handouts?
    8. Do you make publications or short movies to promote efficient information-sharing?
    9. How do you conciliate modern technology with clear informing?

     

    2. Clarity in jurisdiction

    1. How much emphasis do you put on the public-clarity of judgements?
    2. Do you have national regulation on clarity in your country? If yes, in which way?
    3. Are there any positive inspirations to promote the clarity of judgements?
    4. How can you evaluate the effect of it? Do you get any feedback from clients?
    5. Does the judiciary receive any guidelines related to clarity?
    6. Do you have trainings to promote the clarity of judgements? If yes, who are the lecturers and what do they emphasize during the training?
    7. How can you help clarity in case of a formalized and an individual judgement? What differences can occur from formalization?
    8. Do you see any relation between the clarity of judgements and public confidence?

     

    3. Clarity in court press communication

    1. In your opinion, how much the establishment of a good relationship with the press is based on mutual help? What role does clarity play in mutual cooperation?
    2. Do you have any regulation concerning the clarity of court press communication in your country?
    3. Do they communicate mostly in written or oral form?
    4. How much emphasis is put on the clarity of communication? In which type of press releases do you find it exceptionally important regarding the subject?
    5. Are handouts made for the press-representatives to help their work? If yes, in what way and in what subjects?
    6. Do you receive any feedback from the media on the clarity of your press-releases?
    7. How do you train colleagues who act as contact-persons? (In case of clear speech and clear phrasing)  
    8. How do you prepare judges if their case is challenging for the public? Do they have special trainings or guidelines regarding the clarity of the oral reasoning of their judgement in front of the press?
    9. Are handouts available to help judges regarding clear phrasing in case of a press-release?

     

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  • Practical information

    Event

    Courts and Communication V., Budapest - 2017

    Dates

    12-13 October 2017

    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.