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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Mass objection of judges: several hundred reported themselves to the disciplinary commissioners
Judges from all over Poland are reporting themselves to the disciplinary commissioners. This is how they are supporting judges from Piotrków Trybunalski, who are being prosecuted for signing a letter to the OSCE, as well as the head of the largest association of judges in Poland, Krystian Markiewicz.
The Chamber of Labour in the Supreme Court asks the CJEU about the status of the ‘new’ judges and about the ‘muzzle’ law
The Chamber of Labour has asked the CJEU to consider the status of the ‘new’ Supreme Court judges, as well as the bans on judges in the ‘muzzle’ act adopted by PiS. It has also requested the CJEU to consider its preliminary questions under an accelerated procedure
The United Right’s plan: Take over the media, courts, schools and colleges. Goal: total power
The day after the presidential election, you could hear announcements from the government camp that its national-Catholic revolution will be completed. In the first wave, there will be a reckoning with the free media, and the courts will have their final takeover. The government could also take control of schools and universities
ODIHR’s Special Election Assessment Mission Observation on Poland’s Presidential Elections
Competitive and well-organized Polish presidential run-off marred by confrontation, media bias and misuse of resources, international observers say
Judge Piotr Gąciarek was suspended by Ziobro’s nominee for implementing EU law
Journalists at the border. The statement of Polish media
Ziobro breached the CJEU judgment and suspended Judge Synakiewicz for applying EU law
More than 800 journalists in defence of TVN: “The ruling party is raising its hand against media independence”
Devastating audit findings in the Justice Fund. The findings of the Supreme Audit Office