Locked content Deputy PM: Poland might ignore ECJ ruling on justice reform

According to Deputy PM Jarosław Gowin if the European Court of Justice rules against the Polish government’s attempt to overhaul judiciary, Warsaw “will probably have no choice and ignore the ruling of the [court] as contrary to the Lisbon treaty and the whole spirit of European integration.” On Mon...

Locked content PiS proposes changes to Supreme Court bill

Law and Justice (PiS) has submitted to the Sejm a draft amendment to the Supreme Court bill that came into force that same day. According to Andrzej Matusiewicz, a PiS MP, the draft concerns the budget matters of the Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Chamber as well as the method of appointing judges. “T...

Locked content EU dismisses Poland’s defense of judiciary overhaul

The European Commission’s deputy head, Frans Timmermans, said that the white paper presented by Poland on the country’s judiciary reforms is not an answer the Brussels was looking for. “There was agreement across the table that this white paper is not the answer to the Commission’s recommendations. ...

Locked content Ireland halts Pole extradition over judiciary overhaul

An Irish High Court judge has suspended the extradition case of Polish drug dealer and referred the case to the European Court of Justice over concerns that recent judicial reforms have been “so immense” that the rule of law in Poland has been damaged. The suspect, Artur C. (last name withheld due t...

Locked content Poland warns EU over judiciary overhaul pressure

PM Mateusz Morawiecki presented the European Commission with the white paper on the country’s judiciary reforms, which EU is criticizing and warned that the bloc’s pressure and criticism could backfire. “It can lead to the growth of populist political forces, seeking to dismantle or weaken … the Eur...

Locked content EU confirms that it wants to tie funds to rule of law

The EU’s is working on a proposal that could oblige member states such as Poland, which has clashed with Brussels over its judiciary reforms, to pass tests on the independence of their judicial systems before receiving funding. “One way could be to insist that independent justice systems are necessa...

Locked content EU warns Poland it could lose funding

EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger warned Poland that it could lose financially if it refuses to change its stance on the controversial judiciary reform. “Either the rule of law and the independence of courts would constitute a condition for claiming European budgetary resources. Or otherwise...

Locked content UN judicial expert calls Polish judiciary overhaul ‘political...

The UN independent expert on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán criticized Poland for its judiciary reforms, calling them “political.” “These new laws are part of a larger plan aimed at placing the judiciary under the political control of the ruling party,” García-Sayán said ...

Locked content Duda signs judicial overhaul bill

President Andrzej Duda has signed into law two bills overhauling the judiciary. “These were my bills, there was no reason not to sign them. I would like these bills to be thoroughly analyzed by the European institutions so that there would be a fact-based discussion, not political activity,” he said...

EU launches Article 7 procedure against Poland

In an unprecedented move, the European Commission will ask other EU member states to declare that Poland’s judiciary overhaul constitutes “a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values.” If the states agree, Warsaw’s voting rights would be suspended.