Tag: rule of law
A report on the state of the rule of law in Europe
In June of this year, professor Laurent Pech of Middlesex University London and professor Dimitry Kochenov of University of Groningen issued a reflection paper on the current state of the rule of law in the European Union titled “Strengthening the Rule of Law Within the European Union: Diagnoses, Recommendations, and What to Avoid”.
Harassing the judiciary by transferring judges
Yet another judge has been transferred from his post by force. Łukasz Biliński, justice of the District Court in Warsaw, known for acquitting protesters who were involved in blocking nationalist demonstrations, has been removed from ruling on criminal cases and transferred to the family division of the court against his will.
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
Prosecutor’s attempt to suppress freedom of speech [L.Balcerowicz’s statement]
Prosecutor Bogdan Święczkowski announces the doctrine of infallibility of the Ziobro-Święczkowski prosecutor’s office.
The Disciplinary System of Judges Under the Control of the Minister of Justice
Through the Act of 8 December 2017 on the Supreme Court, drafted by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, the Law and Justice party has made radical changes in the system of judges’ disciplinary responsibility
Announcement: Launching New Resource on Rule of Law in Poland
Rule of Law in Poland is a new English-language online resource on the backsliding of the rule of law in Poland
Polish government demands the end of political discussions with the EU over rule of law
Reporting to the European Commission on the implementation of its recommendations regarding rule of law, the Law and Justice government is demanding the end of the procedure implemented under Article 7 of the Treaty on the EU. In the report, the government makes unsubstantiated claims that the changes into judiciary are addressing ‘high public expectations’
3,000 Polish judges want the dismissal of the National Council of the Judiciary
3007 judges (91 p/c of all those who took part in the vote) are convinced that the new National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) is not performing the tasks it should and 2881 of them believe it should resign. These are the results of a referendum in as many as 139 courts to date. The referendum is underway in the remaining courts. Poland has ca 10 000 judges
Poland: From Paradigm to Pariah? Polish constitutional crisis – interpretations
Explanation and interpretation of the nature and possible causes of the the “Polish constitutional crisis”, i.e. backsliding on the part of Poland into authoritarianism. Firstly, historical – unique nature of the Polish transition from Communism to democracy. Secondly, legal explanation ascribes the crisis to the immaturity of Polish legal culture, in particular its excessive formalism. Third explanation is sociological and interprets the Crisis as one of liberal values in contemporary Polish society.
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