Locked content US State Department criticizes judiciary overhaul

“The Polish government has continued to pursue legislation that appears to undermine judicial independence and weaken the rule of law in Poland,” US State Department said in a statement. “We urge all sides to ensure that any judicial reform does not violate Poland’s constitution or international leg...
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Sejm passes controversial judiciary system overhaul

Amidst controversy, the Sejm has passed the vote on judiciary reforms, with 235 votes in favor, 192 against and 23 abstentions. The new law will allow for the immediate forced retirement of all Supreme Court judges and their president, whose term is set in the constitution. It will also create three...
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EU threatens Poland with Article 7

The European Commission is “very close” to triggering the EU’s Article 7 procedure against Poland — a move that can lead to the suspension of a member country’s voting rights, Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said, condemning the recent attempts by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) grouping...
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Duda threatens to veto Supreme Court reform

In what seems like an attempt to calm down the tensions caused by recent attempts to overhaul Polish judiciary, President Andrzej Duda said that he will not sign any bill changing the legal system, and submitted his own proposal for a reform of the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS).

Locked content EU criticizes Polish judiciary reforms

Leaders of two major European Parliament groups Guy Verhofstadt (Alde) and Manfred Weber (EPP) urged the EU and the European Commission to act. “By changing the law, Law and Justice (PiS) is turning its back for good on the independence of the judiciary. A red line was crossed yesterday. With this v...

Locked content Polish judges protest against judiciary reforms

Judges in Poland on Thursday stopped the proceedings for 30 minutes in protest against planned reforms to the judiciary system. Since, according to Polish law, judges are not allowed to strike, the judges went on a break during which they’ve discussed the proposed changes to the system. The pr...
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Polish government introduces judiciary reforms

The Polish government approved a draft bill on judicial system. The bill would give the parliament control over judges appointments and according to Poland’s National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) would in effect change the country’s political system. “The scope of changes which breach ...