Tag: rule of law
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”
Commissioner for Human Rights: “Repression” Act strikes at citizens. The Senate should reject it.
It breaches the constitution and violates the basic principles of the Polish legal order. It is in conflict with Poland’s obligations to the European Union, it strikes at the guaranteed protection of the European Convention on Human Rights. In the Senate, Adam Bodnar tore the “Repression” Act that is being forced through by Law and Justice to shreds
Freedom of expression of judges and prosecutors: UNHRC report
While the freedom of expression of public officials can be sometimes restricted with a view to protecting the impartiality and independence of institutions, in the event of a breach of the rule of law, judges and prosecutors can be seen as having a moral duty to speak out – says the report.
“Kings of Life” in Polish prosecutor’s office – a report by the LSO Prosecutors’ Association
The report details the negative consequences of the changes in the prosecutorial service implemented by the Law and Justice government. It also reveals a number of pathological situations related mainly to personnel policy as the foundation of the so-called prosecutorial reform.
Free Courts, Free People – report by Amnesty International
Awareness of the changes in the Polish judicial system implemented by the ruling party, Law and Justice, is growing both domestically and internationally.
This judge may blow up the new disciplinary regime. The ECJ may help
For the second time in recent months, in June 2019 the Supreme Court referred preliminary questions to the European Court of Justice regarding disciplinary proceedings against judges. The most recent case involves judge Frąckowiak of the Poznań regional court.
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
Venice Commission opinion on the “muzzle law”
Incredible official position of the Ministry of Justice regarding the opinion of the Venice Commission
“We nominated them”. Did Minister Ziobro accidentally reveal who supported the judges to the NCJ?
Gersdorf makes her move. Three Supreme Court chambers to rule on dodgy judicial nominations
Judges under fire: 43 judges already targeted by disciplinary officer and prosecutors