The Prosecution Service of Hungary


At the turn of the Millennium the Prosecution Service already took account of its achievements and assessed the challenges of the new era ahead of it. In order to maintain the high-quality performance of its duties and responsibilities deriving from its role played in the administration of justice the Prosecution Service has opted for its reform.

At the beginning of the 2000’s the reform aimed at the modernization of the Prosecution Service, making it more flexible and efficient, while a change in approaches and attitudes were also needed with particular regard to the fact that Hungary acceded to the European Union on 1st May 2000. As a result of the reform, the Prosecution Service is now able to fulfil its tasks as a prosecution service operating in the EU.

Pursuant to the Fundamental Law of Hungary the Prosecution Service shall contribute to the administration of justice by exclusively enforcing the State’s demand for punishment as public accuser. The Prosecution Service shall prosecute criminal offences, take action against other unlawful acts or non-compliances, as well as contribute to the prevention of unlawful acts.

The Prosecutor General and the Prosecution Service shall exercise rights in connection with investigations, as provided for by relevant Acts, shall represent the prosecution in court proceedings, shall supervise the lawfulness of penal enforcement and shall, as a guardian of public interest, exercise further functions and powers laid down in the Fundamental Law or in an Act.

We are aware that in spite of its international recognition, an organization can gain long-term success only if it is supported by the society of its own country. In order to gain support the Prosecution Service needs to get the public acquainted with prosecutors’ work in general, so that anyone could understand what prosecutors’ work is about. Accessing us online provides a more personal contact for everyone: it opens up the closed nature of the Prosecution Service deriving from the formal, official prosecutorial functions, brings prosecutors’ work closer to everyday people and makes activities of the Prosecution Service – an institution indispensible for the operation of a modern state – more tangible.