Vice-President of the Curia of Hungary
KÓNYA István was born in 1954 in Budapest. Graduating from the Faculty of Law with cum laude qualification in 1979, he became a trainee at the Military Court of Budapest. In 1981, he was appointed judge and he started his judicial career at the Military Court of Szeged (a town in the southern part of Hungary), where he dealt with military crimes, crimes of traffic, crimes against life, office and property. In 1991, he was appointed judge at the Supreme Court, where he has been head of chamber since 2000. In 2002, the National Council of Justice appointed him Head of the Criminal Department of the Supreme Court. In 2008, he was re-appointed Head of the Criminal Department for a period of six years. At the recommendation of the President of the Curia, the President of the Republic appointed him Vice-President of the Curia as of 1 August 2012.
Since 1997, he has been an examiner of the professional exam committee. Between 1997 and 2010, he acted as president of the committee of state exam at the Faculty of Law in Szeged. He is one of the founders and board members of the Hungarian Association of Criminal Law. He co-authors the Commentary to Hungarian Criminal Law and the Commentary to the Rules of Criminal Procedure. Since 1998, he has been a member of the editorial board of Court Decisions. He has participated in passing numerous uniformity decisions, out of which he was the judge rapporteur of several cases.