Position of the Stefan Batory Foundation Legal Expert Group on the procedure for selecting Supreme Court judges

Unconstitutional selection panel, unconstitutional and unreliable selection procedure and lacking candidates taking part in the gross betrayal of the values underlying legal professions.

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Poles agree: EU Court of Justice has the right to stop illegal judiciary reform [POLL]

According to the latest poll, majority of Poles believe that the Court of Justice of the EU is entitled to stop Law and Justice’s judiciary reform if it concludes that the EU rules have been violated. The Polish people widely support firm actions by the Court against the right-wing government

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An open letter in defense of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Poland Professor Małgorzata Gersdorf

We firmly hold the view that Professor Małgorzata Gersdorf is the only lawful and legitimate incumbent of the office of Chief Justice until 30 April 2020, i.e. until the end of her constitutionally designated term of office

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Devastation of Poland’s Supreme Court and judicial independence: the situation in July 2018

Following initiation of infringement procedure by the EC, the ruling majority made a deliberate effort to take over the Supreme Court in July 2018, before the EU Court of Justice had a chance to assess the law on the Supreme Court.

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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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