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Fiches Belges: Hungary

Hearing witnesses: by video conference (703)

1. MEASURE IMPLEMENTATION

Hungary

Is this measure possible in your Member State under International Judicial Cooperation?

Yes, it is possible. Upon the request for mutual legal assistance submitted by a foreign authority, the witness or the expert may be heard by the court via a closed-circuit communication system.

2. LEGAL FRAMEWORK

Hungary

International legal framework applicable for this measure in your Member State

European Convention of 20 April 1959 on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters; Convention of 29 May 2000 on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union

3. COMPETENT AUTHORITY TO:

Hungary

* receive the request/decision for judicial cooperation

The court is entitled to receive this type of request. Jurisdiction of the competent court shall be defined according to the place of residence (or detention) of the person to be heard as witness.

* execute/recognise the measure (if other than the receiving authority)

Only the court has competence to execute the measure.

4. ACCEPTED LANGUAGES

Hungary

Accepted languages for the request/decision

A translation of the request for assistance and documents annexed thereto into either Hungarian, or any of the official languages of the Council of Europe, will be required, if they are not drawn up in these languages.

5. EXECUTION DEADLINE

Hungary

Deadlines for the execution of the request/decision (where applicable)

N/A

6. CONCISE LEGAL PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Hungary

a. Special requirements

Technical requirements that are necessary for establishing the link and ensuring compatibility must be provided in the request. Any caution or notification of rights should be given to the person concerned must be included in the request.

b. Other useful information

According to the Hungarian law the following persons may only be presented in the court room during the hearing of a witness via videoconference: the judge fulfilling the MLA request, the lawyer acting on behalf of the witness, in the case of a minor witness the legal representative or guardian thereof, and if required, the expert, the interpreter and the staff operating the live link. It is possible to execute the measure in conformity with the procedure applicable in the requesting/issuing state if it is not against public order.

Last reviewed on 6 July 2016 by EJN Secretariat

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