The founding members of Res Iudicata Association consider it important that the judicial profession and the specificities of judicial work are made known and understood by a wider public. For this purpose, we consider one of our most fundamental activities to participate actively as judges in the improvement of the knowledge of young people, especially of the senior students of primary and secondary schools, by organising lectures, informative or educational events that can bring the work of judges and courts closer, understandable and tangible, or any other legal topic of interest or other legal issues that concern and interest young people.
In 2012, the National Office of Judiciary (Országos Bírósági Hivatal) launched the Open Court Programme, which aims to promote the development of the emerging generations as legally aware citizens and to provide career guidance in the judicial field, in the spirit of social responsibility. Almost all of the founding members of the Association have participated in the programme, and their common experience is that it has been favourably received by both teachers and students.
The Association’s objective is to develop educational materials, taking into account the age specificities of the different age groups, in consultation with the interested educational institutions and drawing on our own educational experience, which will consist of a variety of programme modules adapted to the evolving needs. We mainly give our presentations as part of class teacher lessons, but we are also happy to participate in school celebrations or other school events, even by organising a mock trial. In the situation that has arisen, online presentations are also possible.
We mainly give presentations or demonstrations on the following topics:
- Basic principles of separation of powers, why do we have independent courts and judges?
- An introduction to the professions and the judicial process: what do judges, prosecutors and lawyers do?
- Study of ancient or medieval literary or historical (well-known and commonly taught) “legal cases ” from a judicial point of view (e.g.: Felicián Zách, György Dózsa, Shakespearean dilemmas, etc.).
- The path to becoming a judge (with or without a university student co-presenter).
- Individual, professional topics requested by the school (internet use, victimisation, data protection, illegal drugs, student work).
If you are interested in the above, feel free to contact us at the e-mail address of the Association or at the phone numbers provided.