An independent prosecutor is being harassed in the first disciplinary case resulting from the Thousand Robes March
A disciplinary officer for line prosecutors has initiated disciplinary proceedings against Katarzyna Gembalczyk, one of the leaders of the Lex Super Omnia prosecutors’ association, with a critical stance towards Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro. The disciplinary officer is demanding an explanation for why she was dressed in her robe during the Thousand Robes March. “I was performing my duty to defend the rule of law.”
Legal expert rebukes Polish President for ignorance and bad faith
Respect for the rule of law is one of the key conditions for EU membership. No country can join or remain in the EU without an independent judiciary.
Venice Commission opinion on the “muzzle law”
“The amendments of December 2019 diminish judicial independence and put Polish judges into the impossible situation of having to face disciplinary proceedings for decisions required by the ECHR, the law of the European Union, and other international instruments.”
Incredible official position of the Ministry of Justice regarding the opinion of the Venice Commission
We publish the translation of the opinion published on the Ministry of Justice website for consideration of Rule of Law in Poland readers. This is of course not endorsement.
“We nominated them”. Did Minister Ziobro accidentally reveal who supported the judges to the NCJ?
“We nominated such judges who we believed were ready to work on the reforms of the judiciary,” said Zbigniew Ziobro in the Senate.
Gersdorf makes her move. Three Supreme Court chambers to rule on dodgy judicial nominations
On 23 January, a panel composed of three chambers of the Supreme Court will decide whether judges nominated by the new, politicized National Council of the Judiciary should be allowed to adjudicate. The “legacy” justices of the Supreme Court in the Civil, Criminal, and Labour Law chambers were asked by First President of the Supreme Court Małgorzata Gersdorf to rule on the issue. Their resolution will be binding on the Supreme Court.
Judges under fire: 43 judges already targeted by disciplinary officer and prosecutors
More than 40 judges are being targeted by people loyal to Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro for their rulings, defence of judicial independence, meetings with citizens, criticism of “good change”, or implementation of CJEU judgments. 2019 was a difficult year for judges, in which Law and Justice (PiS) sought to break their resistance through repressions. What follows is a list of the persecuted judges.
Prof. Marc de Werd: Standing up for justice and the justice system is a shared responsibility of European citizens
As far as I can remember, this is the first time that judges from the Netherlands have joined a silent march at all. Marching together with other judges from Europe in another country is unique. And I know it is politically sensitive. It emphasizes how much we are worried about what’s going on in Poland and elsewhere in Europe,” a senior judge of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal explained his reasons for joining Polish colleagues in a silent protest in Warsaw against curbing the independence of judges in Poland.
President of the European Association of Judges: The recent law reforms in Poland will annihilate the independence of the judiciary
President of the European Association of Judges, José Igreja Matos, explains why he and other judges will join his Polish colleagues in a silent protest in Warsaw on 11 January against the planned curbs on judicial independence. “The decay of the rule of law in Europe is demanding a more public intervention from us, from European judges”
Minister Ziobro: “Speaker of the Senate breached the Constitution by inviting the Venice Commission”. He did not breach it
“Representatives of the Ministry of Justice can meet with the representatives of the Venice Commission, treating their arrival a little like a quasi-private visit,” said Zbigniew Ziobro in TV Trwam on 8 January. The minister is of the opinion that the invitation of the Commission to Warsaw by the Speaker of the Senate, Tomasz Grodzki, was an abuse. The facts speak differently
The European Commission intervenes on “LGBT-free” zones in Poland
A compelling speech by the Commissioner for Human Rights in defence of the EU. PiS’s attacks “distort the Union’s image”
Stępkowski: The case of the Judge Tuleya’s immunity is not covered by the CJEU’s decision
The Disciplinary Chamber will examine the case of judge Igor Tuleya despite CJEU order
Presidential elections in Poland: what we know so far