Locked content Poland pushes new laws to replace Supreme Court leader

Ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party adopted another round of amends to the bills on the judiciary, making firing and appointing judges by politicians even easier. The new law allows the government to select new Supreme Court leader when only two-thirds of the positions on the Supreme Court are filled...

Locked content Parliament: second reading of court reform bill

The Polish Parliament did not agree to reject the bill for Supreme Court reform proposed by ruling Law and Justice party (PiS). Consequently, the second reading of the bill took place on Thursday evening. During the first reading opposition parties Civic Platform (PO), Modern (Nowoczesna), Polish Pe...

Locked content Protests against court reform erupt in major cities

On Tuesday protests broke out in front of courts in major Polish cities – Warsaw, Gdańsk, Poznań, and Kraków. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party lowered the mandatory retirement age to 65 from 70 for Supreme Court justices earlier this year. The measure may affect more than one-third of 73 ...

Brussels launches new case against Poland over Supreme Court reform

The European Commission launched a new case against Poland over changes to the Supreme Court which it claims undermines judicial independence in the country. The new law, which comes into force on Tuesday, lowers the retirement age for Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, which affects one-third of t...

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 Senate approves Supreme Court legislation

The upper house of parliament approved the controversial Supreme Court bill after a heated discussion on Saturday. The decision whether to implement it is now in President’s Andrzej Duda hands, who has 21 days to either sign it, veto it, or send it to the recently overhauled by Law and Justice (PiS)...

Locked content Tusk sends letter to Duda on the judiciary system overhaul

The European Council President and former PM Donald Tusk sent a letter to President Andrzej Duda, asking him “for an urgent meeting to discuss the dangerous consequences for Poland’s standing on the world stage.” The request for the meeting was denied by the president’s office saying that “the refor...

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 Supreme Court: New bill on public gatherings unconstitutional

Poland’s Supreme Court issued an opinion which states that the draft bill on public gatherings is unconstitutional and in contrast with the rules of international law. According to Supreme Court judges it meets “the criteria of the state of emergency” and severely curbs the individual’s rights, whil...