AG Tanchev suggests that Poland violated judicial independence
According to the Court of Justice’s Advocate General, Poland failed to guarantee effective legal protection by lowering the retirement age of Supreme Court judges and granting the President the discretion to prolong their mandate. The AG opinion is not binding on the ECJ, but the bench usually follows its conclusions.
ECJ hears case on retirement of ordinary courts judges
Polish authorities demand that the European Commission withdraw its complaint since the contested provisions are no longer in force.
European Commission opens debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU, mentions Polish case
The European Commission has launched a reflection process on the rule of law in the EU and setting out possible avenues for future action. It outlined three pillars which could contribute to further the effective enforcement of the rule of law in the Union: better promotion, early prevention and tailored reposnse
Ziobro ready to assume control of Polish judiciary
Through a reorganization of existing courts and the establishment of new ones, the Ministry of Justice will achieve total control over the entirety of the justice system. The reorganization will put all judges under a microscope and facilitate a far-ranging purge of the courts. There may not be enough places for independent-minded judges in the “new” courts, or perhaps they will be exiled someplace far away from their present posts.
Act on the National Council of the Judiciary before the Constitutional Tribunal
Polish constitutional court delivered a ruling concerning the National Council of the Judiciary. The judgement might be crucial for the preliminary reference proceedings pending before the Court of Justice of the EU.
Three Steps Ahead, One Step Aside: The AG’s Opinion in the Commission v. Poland Case
The Court opened – through the second subparagraph of Article 19(1) TEU – of the possibility to apply Article 47 of the Charter
Judges under special supervision. Report of Association of Judges THEMIS
The assertion presented by the media, that the sole objective of the so-called ‘great reform of the justice system’ lies in a one-off replacement of judicial personnel with a view to replace the key judicial office holders by those subordinated to the Minister of Justice is an overlyoptimistic simplification of matters. The authors of the ‘reform of the justice system’ were far more ambitious.
Attacking Judicial Independence Through New “Disciplinary” Procedures in Poland
In the last few months, the use of the new disciplinary procedures has become increasingly bald-faced. Increasingly, the authorities do not appear to be ashamed of their real motives, which are unabashedly political’ – writes prof. Piotr Mikuli at I-CONNECT.
Prosecutor’s attempt to suppress freedom of speech [L.Balcerowicz’s statement]
Prosecutor Bogdan Święczkowski announces the doctrine of infallibility of the Ziobro-Święczkowski prosecutor’s office.
The Powerlessness of the Rule of Law: Labels as Decorum
The rule of law reigns in Poland, but does not necessarily govern. And reigning without governing means powerlessness – writes Ewa Łętowska.
Disciplinary proceedings against a judge for telling the truth about staffing problems in courts
Prosecutor Wójtowicz under fire for defending judicial independence
More changes in the acts regulating the Polish judiciary system
Open Letter in Support of Professor Wojciech Sadurski
2019 World Justice Project award acceptance speech