The operation of the Constitutional Court during the epidemic emergency and the restrictive measures imposed following a new wave of the epidemic

8 March 2021

Since the outbreak of the epidemic last spring, the full session of the Constitutional Court and its panels have been meeting via online video-conferencing, and in the current situation meetings continue to take place in this format.

Based on the data of the epidemic in recent weeks, the rising number of cases in the country and the measures taken by the Government in recent days, Tamás Sulyok, President of the Constitutional Court, has taken further preventive measures to protect the health of the members and staff of the Constitutional Court and to maintain the continued functioning of the Constitutional Court.

Among other things, the President of the Constitutional Court ordered that, in the current situation, the staff of the Constitutional Court should work from home, if the nature of their work allows it and its conditions are secured.

The President of the Constitutional Court also ruled that, in the case of petitions, missing documents may be submitted by electronic means, if the submission clearly identifies the petitioner and the case number. Constitutional complaint must nevertheless continue to be sent to the court of first instance; in such a case, the general rules on electronic communication may be applied. It will still not be possible to submit a petition directly to the Constitutional Court by electronic means via the client portal.

All the members and staff of the Constitutional Court consider that it is their duty to maintain the functioning of the Constitutional Court and to maintain the continuity of the preparation of decisions under the current circumstances, too.