Judge reinstated after forced into retirement

August 24, 2012

The Labour Court of Zalaegerszeg in southwestern Hungary has restored to her earlier position a judge who had been forced into retirement under a law, proposed by the Orbán government, which has now been annulled by the Constitutional Court.

The judge's release to retirement was signed by President János Ader on July 6. The law, which the top court annulled on July 16 with retroactive effect, set the retirement age of judges to the general retirement age of 62, in effect forcing the departure of a number of judges older than, or turning, 62 this year.

Opposition parties claim the law was another means by the government to replace public figures with its own choice and thus, was an anti-democratic measure.


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