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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Duda’s ‘commissioner’ stopped the deliberations of the Assembly of the Supreme Court Judges when the voting was not in line with his thoughts

The Supreme Court judges did not choose candidates to be Małgorzata Gersdorf’s successor for the second day in a row. On Saturday, the acting president of the Supreme Court, Kamil Zaradkiewicz, again rejected all the motions of the judges of the ‘old’ Supreme Court and took the floor away from them. And when the result of valid voting was not in line with his thoughts, he stopped the session.

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European judges favour expelling the neo-NCJ from the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary

The European Association of Judges (EAJ) supports the idea that Poland’s National Council of the Judiciary should be removed from the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ). “For several years I have been speaking loudly about the dangerous path onto which Poland’s rulers have gone. Their aim is to destroy the separation of powers,” said the president of the European association in January

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Prosecutor Bogdan Święczkowski attacks Małgorzata Gersdorf, head of the Supreme Court

The National Prosecutor Bogdan Święczkowski, one of the Minister of Justice/ the Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro’s closest associates, has demanded clarification from the First President of the Supreme Court, Małgorzata Gersdorf. He wants to know why she suspended the Disciplinary Chamber’s power of adjudication. Święczkowski’s letter sets a dangerous and unprecedented precedent that can be seen as an attempt at intimidation or to bring criminal charges.

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Safjan on Constitutional Tribunal ruling: an extreme scenario, but even EU exit seems possible

The Constitutional Tribunal, by a decision of its full bench, ruled that the resolution of the three combined chambers of the Supreme Court is incompatible with the constitution and international law. According to Professor and CJEU Judge Marek Safjan, this ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal is “highly disturbing” and can even threaten Poland’s membership in the European Union.

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Prof. Zoll: The May elections will not be a celebration of democracy, but its burial. The State Electoral Commission should resign

The former chairperson of the State Electoral Commission (PKW), Professor Andrzej Zoll fiercely criticised the aim of the ruling camp to hold the presidential elections by post. He stated that the PKW should tender its resignation, while the situation today is worse than during the times of the People’s Republic of Poland.

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