Laszlo Solyom

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On January 1, 1990, the Hungarian Constitutional Court became the first institution created by Hungary's new Constitution to assume its responsibilities. The birth of a constitutional court can generate a complex set of problems in any society. A government must build public acceptance of, and support for, the institution and create an effective structure for its activities. A whole new set of problems arises when a constitutional court begins its work in a time of transition from an undemocratic state to a state based on the rule of law. This paper discusses some of the problems encountered by Hungary as well as Hungary's attempts to solve them.

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