The European Association of Judges and Prosecutors for Democracy and Freedom (MEDEL) issued a sharp statement on the decision of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. Adam Tomczyński single-handedly revoked Judge Beata Morawiec’s immunity, although the Disciplinary Chamber – in accordance with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decision – should completely suspend its operation. “This illegal activity must result in immediate action by the European institutions,” urged European judges.
Tomczyński from the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court decided that he would waive the immunity of Morawiec, suspend her from her duties and reduce her salary by 50 percent.
Since coming to power in 2015 in Poland, PiS, a rightwing nationalist and populist party, has spent more than four years trying to take control of the country’s system of courts and public prosecution, eroding the independence of most branches of the judicial system. PiS has been accused of “installing their puppets” who believe in their political line.