Illegal interference with final rulings. 43 judges of the Court of Appeal in Warsaw protest
The president of the Court of Appeal in Warsaw, Piotr Schab, does not respect the law, while there is interference in final judgments to the benefit of the prosecutor’s office in the court he manages – as arises from the declaration of 43 judges of that court.
Illegal National Council for Judiciary closes off the takeover of the Supreme Court. Landing of neo-judges in the Civil Chamber
The neo-NCJ has started to choose more neo-judges for the Supreme Court. It could nominate as many as 12. The candidates are judges who were already promoted under the current government as well as an assistant to Elzbieta Karska, the wife of PiS MEP Karol Karski. Voting will be held on 18 May.
Ziobro’s ‘enforcers’ are after Judges Głowacka and Barańska for applying EU law
Disciplinary cases are pending for Judges Anna Głowacka and Edyta Barańska from Kraków for implementing ECtHR and CJEU judgments. They are being prosecuted by Zbigniew Ziobro’s people – Piotr Schab and Przemysław Radzik. Similarly, the latter are deliberately breaching the CJEU’s ruling
Can the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court expect chaos? Much depends on the new president
Will the new president, Zbigniew Kapiński, be up to managing an important chamber of the Supreme Court? Will he behave like a truly independent judge and protect it from political upheaval and pressure?
The commission on Russian influence can sentence someone to public lynching. The citizen is completely defenceless [interview]
People who hold degrees in medicine, political science or no degree at all are specialists in criminal proceedings and state security. One also has a BSc in farming, one is a construction engineer and there is a technical college graduate. Such a bill could not have been prepared by this group of people – it was prepared by someone else and presented to them for signature, says Professor Mirosław Wyrzykowski.
The Law and Justice party wants harsher penalties for betraying the homeland. Even life imprisonment for espionage
PiS MPs have submitted a bill to the Sejm toughening the penalties for espionage and introducing an unintentional variant of this offence. ‘This could be a provision for abuse and to be used politically,’ warns a criminal law judge.
Commission on Russian influence. ‘This Act looks like it was written in the Kremlin’
PiS is trying to force through an Act appointing a commission ‘To investigate Russian influence’ in the Sejm.
Changes in electoral system are intended to help PiS win the elections [interview with the former chairman of the National Electoral Commission]
‘The structure of voters has changed. This will clearly reduce PiS’s chances in the elections. A motion was filed in 2014, as well as in 2018 and six months ago. The Sejm is not dealing with it at all for the third time, even though it is obliged to respect the opinion of the National Electoral Commission (NEC),’ says the former head of the NEC, Judge Wojciech Hermeliński.
Judge Maczuga from Kraków is being prosecuted for applying EU law
The prosecutor of independent judges, Przemysław Radzik, is threatening Judge Wojciech Maczuga with disciplinary action for applying European law. Radzik’s action is a further attack on the shaky compromise between PiS and the European Commission over billions from the NRRP
Judge Maciej Ferek returns to adjudication, the new Chamber of the Supreme Court has lifted his suspension. This was the last judge who had been suspended
The new chamber of the Supreme Court acknowledged that Judge Ferek from Kraków could not be suspended for judgments in which he applied European law. The decision was made in an atmosphere of scandal, by a defective bench. Now the PiS government can say that it has fulfilled one of the conditions for unblocking funds for the NRRP. The judge could have adjudicated on several hundred cases during his period of suspension
Bodnar: ‘I will hold Ziobro’s people accountable. I will change the courts, I will give the prosecutors independence’
The courts are increasingly frequently awarding compensation to activists for mass breaches of their rights by the police
Bodnar: Accountability, liquidation of the neo-NCJ and review of neo-judges. The courts must be for the people
Designation of ad hoc judge by the ECtHR in Wałęsa v. Poland
The government approved a Polish candidate to the office of judge of the CJEU