Letter from the International Commission of Jurists to President Andrzej Duda regarding the restoration of the independence of the judiciary in Poland

The International Commission of Jurists condemn the recent forced retirement of 27 out of 72 Polish Supreme Court justices, including its President Małgorzata Gersdorf,and urge you to act immediately to restore the independence of the judiciary by reinstating them in office.

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Statement from the President of the CCBE regarding the situation in Poland 10/07/2018

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe represents, through its National Bar members, more than 1 million European Union, the European Economic Area, and wider Europe. On 10 July 2018 CCBE published a press release on the situation the Supreme Court of Poland

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Human Rights Commissioners condemn attacks on acting Commissioner Dr Adam Bodnar

Joint statement of July 2018 in defense of acting Human Rights Commissioner who had been subject of political attacks

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Changes to Supreme Court introduced on the 3rd of July 2018

Judge Darisz Mazur on the changes in the Supreme Court of Poland including Disciplinary Chamber and Chamber of Extraordinary Claim and Internal Affairs

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Functioning of the Constitutional Tribunal 2014-2017 – Report of the Stefan Batory Foundation Legal Expert Group

Based on Constitutional Tribunal own data, the report highlights significant drop of CT proceedings in 2017. In addition, the adjudicating panel selection and disqualification motions justify concerns about the possibility of the current CT management using its powers to achieve a specific decision on the merits.

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The Polish Law on the Supreme Court in light of rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Legal analysis from June 2018 argues that Polish legislation was at that time violating EU Treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights, that it remains in competence of the Court of Justice and potential insufficient implementation of the ruling could lead to financial penalties.

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Where the law ends. The collapse of the rule of law in Poland – and what to do

The authors, from Batory Foundation Idea Forum and ESI, argue that the Polish case is a test whether it is possible to create a Soviet-style justice system, where the control of courts, prosecutors and judges lies with the executive and a single party, in an EU member state.

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Remarks on decommunization of the judiciary

In Poland reckoning with the Polish People’s Republic is still underway – and doesn’t look to end any time soon. It is nor hampered by death of people and groups publicly charged

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Resolution of the Assembly of Representatives of Judges of the Regional Court in Kraków of 26 February 2018. (the extract)

The Assembly of Representatives of Judges of the Regional Court in Krakow draws attention to the fact that subordinated to the political factors law
enforcement authorities have been taking actions of repressive character towards judge Waldemar Żurek for the period of around 2 years. Recently, the newly
– appointed President of the Court has also taken actions of repressive character.

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Iustitia Association of Polish Judges answers to the White Paper prepared by the Polish government

This response to the White Paper compendium presented by the Government of the Republic of Poland to the European Commission was prepared by the Polish Judges Association “Iustitia”, together with a team of experts, in order to present a realistic picture of the reforms of the Polish justice system, which have been made in Poland over the last two years.

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