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18 September 2020


Report: Rule of Law in Poland in 2020

The rule of law in Poland and other member states is important not only for the citizens of these countries, but also for the future of the European project as a club of countries with high-quality democratic institutions safeguarding human rights – says Civil Development Forum (FOR)

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Ziobro’s people are prosecuting a insubordinate prosecutor for entries on Twitter

The Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro’s disciplinary commissioner is prosecuting Krzysztof Parchimowicz for criticizing the management of the prosecution service on Twitter. He is also under threat of disciplinary action for supporting a colleague who was being prosecuted.

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Planned changes in the Supreme Court and common courts in Poland

20–30 judges of almost 100 are to remain in the Supreme Court. The remainder will be retired.

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Kaczyński threatens judges in Poland with disciplinary proceedings for court judgments

Jarosław Kaczyński: “there is indeed a problem in Poland with the rule of law, but the main sources of this state of affairs are court judgments contra legem. It is our duty to ensure that these judgments made in conflict with the law are swiftly revoked and the judges who issue them held accountable on disciplinary charges and, consequently, removed from the profession.”

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Safjan on disciplinary proceedings against judges in Poland: “I cannot rule out any negative scenario”

“The involvement of a judge, who speaks up on such public matters related to the rule of law is certainly not a political voice.” Prof. Marek Safjan, judge of the Court of Justice of the EU and retired judge of the Constitutional Tribunal, comments on the reports that the disciplinary commissioners want to prosecute 1,200 judges throughout Poland who signed the letter to the OSCE asking it to oversee the postal presidential elections, which were to be held in May 2020.

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The Netherlands will extradite no-one to Poland under European Arrest Warrant

The Regional Court in Amsterdam has already submitted a second enquiry to the Court of Justice of the EU regarding the performance of a European Arrest Warrant to Poland. Until the receipt of an answer from the CJEU, no person suspected or convicted of a crime by a court in Poland will be extradited from the Netherlands.

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This is madness. Ziobro’s disciplinary commissioner wants to prosecute 1,278 judges in Poland at once!

Przemysław Radzik’s letter to the local disciplinary commissioners at the district and appellate courts shows that Ziobro’s people are heading for a total attack on defiant judges. This is because such record-breaking disciplinary action is absurd and will be extensively commented on in the EU.

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Legislative Practice and the ‘Judiciary Reforms’ in Post-2015 Poland – Analysis of the law-Making Process

The paper shows how deterioration of the law-making standards enabled the adoption of laws that amplified the constitutional crisis and undermined confidence in Polish courts’ independence.

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Who is going to be the new Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland?

The Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar’s five-year term of office ends on 9 September. It is likely that PiS will treat the election of the new Commissioner as a show of hegemony and a symbolic retaliation against Bodnar as well as lawyers and civil society activists involved in the defence of the rule of law, which means there will be a ‘trench warfare’ between the Sejm and Senate in the autumn

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Disciplinary commissioner attacks a group of 14 judges organizing help for harassed judges

Disciplinary Commissioner Przemysław Radzik attacks the authorities of an informal group of judges, which helps defend the independence of the courts and provides support to repressed judges. The commissioner pressed disciplinary charges against them, including the chairperson of this group, Bartłomiej Starosta, and Judge Waldemar Żurek

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