The amendment to the Act XIX of 1998 on Criminal Proceedings enacted by Act 51 of 2006 introduced Sections 138/A and 138/B of the Act which provide for restraining orders in criminal cases and became effective as of July 1, 2006. The goal of the restraining order was principally to prevent domestic violence although application is not limited to domestic violence. Restraining orders can be issued if the actions of an abuser qualify as a felony. A restraining order must be issued for a specific period of time, defined in days. The shortest duration is ten days and the longest is thirty days. It may not be extended beyond that time. A public or private prosecutor, a substitute private prosecutor, a victim, the legal representative of an incompetent person or a person with limited capacity, as well as the legal representative of a minor who lives in the same household as the defendant may all initiate the issuance of a restraining order.
Provides for the possibility of giving testimony via video-link. At present the main location of the relevant technology is in the Capital, but there is a possibility to deploy them to other locations if necessary.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Hungary to the questionnaire on violence against women