More changes in the acts regulating the Polish judiciary system
In April 2019, a group of governing majority MPs submitted a proposal amending the Act on the National Council of Judiciary.
Open Letter in Support of Professor Wojciech Sadurski
We write to speak out and to stand up for freedom of speech
2019 World Justice Project award acceptance speech
This distinction is an important recognition for all rule of law defenders in Poland – the Ombudsman is just one of them – said Dr Adam Bodnar in the Hague
Polish judges demand apology from Prime Minister over comparison to Nazi collaborators
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki compares current judiciary reforms in Poland to legal cleansing in France after the Second World War
New Supreme Court judges rule their appointments were proper; European Commission questions status of Disciplinary Chamber
The Disciplinary Chamber is populated entirely by justices selected since Law and Justice came to power. In a resolution of 10 April, they declared that the process by which they were appointed was entirely proper. The new members of the Supreme Court are rushing to “legalise themselves” in order to head off the “older” judges, who believe their new counterparts should not be allowed to rule. They were appointed in a faulty process and with the participation of a politicised KRS.
Rule of law in the EU beyond political divisions. Budgetary sanctions and a new programme for citizens
Rights and Values Programme (RVP) fill gaps in the EU’s instruments for protecting the rule of law. Member states must not to be tempted to trade this strategic issue for other, more immediate gains.
Judges demonstrating across Poland: “We won’t be intimidated”
Polish judges are again showing the government and the small number of collaborator judges that they will not be broken or be intimidated by disciplinary proceedings.
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Polish authorities demand that the European Commission withdraw its complaint since the contested provisions are no longer in force.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 presents proposals for strengthening rule of law – Poland’s government reacts
Freedom House “Freedom in the World” 2019 report ranks independence of the judiciary in Poland
Forced transfer as harassment and “disciplinary measure”
Judges across Poland refusing to work with the neo-KRS. Łętowska: “It’s not a boycott, but a precaution”
ABA: In Poland, Erosion of Judicial Independence Continues