Dr. Zsolt Ződi of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences has posted Analysis of Citation Patterns of Hungarian Judicial Decisions: Is Hungarian Legal System Really Converging to Case Laws? Results of a Computer Based Citation Analysis of Hungarian Judicial Decisions.
Here is the abstract:
It is one of the most popular leitmotif of comparative legal science that civil and common legal systems are converging. The primary consideration behind this is, that the role of “precedents” are increasing in civilian legal systems, while statutory law’s importance is growing in common law.
In 2012 we performed a research on more than 60,000 Hungarian judicial decisions, published on the website of State Office of Courts, (Országos Bírósági Hivatal) in order to explore an important aspect of the “precedential character” of the Hungarian law. The first, (quantitative) part of the research was computer-based: we collected and analysed all the citations (links within the database) to precedents within the text of the decisions and analysed the citation patterns. In the second (qualitative) phase we selected 520 decisions randomly, read them, and recorded four additional aspects in a database. This paper shows the results of both.