Commission v Poland – has the revolution already happened?
The CJEU will soon announce its ruling in a controversial case brought by the Commission against Poland. Barbara Grabowska-Moroz provides background and analysis of the impact of the proceedings and the Court of Justice’s potential ruling on efforts to stop the backslide of the rule of law in Poland and around Europe.
Prosecutor disciplined for participation in demonstration in defence of Supreme Court wins with National Prosecutor’s Office
Prosecutor Piotr Wójtowicz from Legnica will not be formally disciplined for his appearance at a protest in defence of the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the disciplinary court for prosecutors rejected the appeal of National Prosecutor Bogdan Święczkowski, who was seeking to punish Wójtowicz.
Prosecutors hauled in for questioning by disciplinary officer
Prosecutors from Kraków are being summoned for questioning by the disciplinary officer to explain their participation in the Congress of Regional Public Prosecutors held on 15 May. At the meeting, a resolution was passed in which the prosecutors emphasized their independence and mentioned pressure “from above”.
Not only free courts, but also speedy and friendly. The Congress of Lawyers has a plan. What about Ziobro?
Depoliticization of the National Council of the Judiciary, depriving the Minister of Justice of oversight with respect to courts and the prosecutorial service, speeding up cases in commercial and administrative courts, lowering court fees for citizens and elimination of the Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Chamber. These are the most important proposed changes in the law presented at the 2nd Congress of Polish Lawyers.
KRS defending itself against CJEU: “Every criterion for independence impeccably satisfied”
The newly constituted National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) does not want the Court of Justice to review its status, nor the activities of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. “Every criterion for independence is impeccably satisfied”, said Jarosław Dudzicz, member of the new KRS, on 14 May in Luxembourg. The Law and Justice government is again employing the rhetorical arguments of “German courts” and “thieves in togas”. A final verdict on the legality of the KRS will come in July at the earliest.
Disciplinary proceedings against a judge for telling the truth about staffing problems in courts
A judge from Łódź wrote critical remarks on the internet about the president of a court nominated by Zbigniew Ziobro, staff shortages in courts, and the promotion by the National Council of the Judiciary of judges “from their side”. Disciplinary spokesman Przemysław Radzik decided that the justice crossed a line by discussing this publicly and has brought disciplinary charges against him.
Prosecutor Wójtowicz under fire for defending judicial independence
The head of the national public prosecutor’s office, Bogdan Święczkowski, is seeking to punish prosecutor Piotr Wójtowicz (pictured below) for his presence at a demonstration protesting attacks on the independence of the Supreme Court and National Council of the Judiciary (KRS). Święczkowski is demanding punishment for “political” activity, despite the fact that he himself ran as a candidate of Law and Justice (PiS) in recent elections. The verdict in this case will set a major precedent and will show whether all prosecutors are equal under the law.
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
Judiciary in Poland: an ongoing decay of the rule of law
The unruly media of the authorities, namely editors Morawiecki and Dworczyk in the Karnowskis’ portal
Open Letter to the European Commission regarding Polish National Council of the Judiciary
E-mail scandal: ‘Some journalist should ask me about it’. How the government’s narrative about ‘anarchy’ in the judiciary was created
Attack of the disciplinary commissioners on Judge Żurek. ‘They are ridiculing themselves’