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The European Commission intervenes on “LGBT-free” zones in Poland
The letter from the European Commission is a confirmation that the homophobic resolutions passed by local governments in Poland have legal consequences, violate the rights of their residents, and should conform to EU values. It also opens the way to EU funds being blocked – right now
Stępkowski: The case of the Judge Tuleya’s immunity is not covered by the CJEU’s decision
Proceedings on Judge Igor Tuleya’s immunity are not covered by the freezing order of the EU Court of Justice – Supreme Court press officer Judge Aleksander Stępkowski told journalists on the 27th of May
The Disciplinary Chamber will examine the case of judge Igor Tuleya despite CJEU order
The Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court will consider a request to waive the immunity of judge Igor Tuleya. The prosecutor’s office wants to press charges against him in connection with a ruling in which he strongly criticised PiS and demanded an investigation into how the 2017 budget was passed
Who is Małgorzata Manowska, the new First President of the Supreme Court in Poland
Under the presidency of Małgorzata Manowska, the Supreme Court will no longer be a redoubt defending the judiciary’s independence, but it’s possible that it will not share the fate of the Constitutional Tribunal under Julia Przyłębska. However, the appointment of the Supreme Court’s former spokesman Michał Laskowski as president of the Criminal Chamber is a surprise.
The ECHR will examine PiS’s illegal dissolution of the old National Council of the Judiciary
The European Court of Human Rights accepted the application from Judge Waldemar Żurek, who is well known for defending free courts. The judge wants the Tribunal to assess his unconstitutional removal by PiS from the National Council of the Judiciary
When the law is the violence you fear
In accordance with Art. 2 of the Constitution, the Republic of Poland is a democratic state ruled by law. This is linked to the separation and balance of powers, the rule of law, the supremacy of the Constitution, and respect for international law – in short, everything that is currently under attack. Therefore, if a de facto change to the constitutional system of the state is taking place in front of the public’s eyes, can we speak of a coup d’etat?
Judges in Poland are being prosecuted for signing a letter to the OSCE regarding the presidential elections
A dozen or so judges from Piotrków Trybunalski and the surrounding area are under threat of disciplinary action for signing a letter to the OSCE. The local disciplinary commissioner who was promoted in court at the time of the PiS government is investigating them
New “commissioner” in the Supreme Court: Aleksander Stępkowski
Stępkowski was one of the founders of the Legal Culture Institute, Ordo Iuris, a conservative association of lawyers, known for its battle against the “gender ideology” and advocating extreme penalties for abortion, including imprisonment for women terminating pregnancy
Kaczyński announces changes in the Supreme Court
This institution needs to be radically changed, including in personal terms. And this is the only conclusion that arises from what is happening there right now. Because the judicial community, especially the Supreme Court, should be a model of civic virtue, said PiS party chairman Jarosław Kaczyński.
The government is preparing an attack on NGOs in Poland
The Ministry of the Environment has started work on a plan to disclose the financing of NGOs. In this plan, NGOs will be obliged to state that they are being financed from abroad. Laws like this already operate in Russia, Hungary, and Israel.