Judicial reform in Poland is a serious threat to the rule of law
Please join us on Saturday 9th June at 12:00, for a press conference about our appeal to the European Commission. Our guest speaker will be Terry Reintke, Member of the European Parliament and the Greens–European Free Alliance.
As part of a wider judicial reform started in 2016, in April 2018 Polish majority-ruling party Law & Justice (PIS) introduced a new legislation on Supreme Court. The legislation brought a number of unconstitutional changes which infringed on the separation of powers, broke the life tenure of judges and further compromised the autonomy and independence of the Polish judiciary. By introduction of this reform, Polish government has steered into a collision course not only with the Polish Constitution, but also with the rule of law Poland is obliged to follow as a member of the European Union.
On 3rd July an enforced retirement of Supreme Court judges is set to begin. As a result, up to 41 out of 81 independent judges may be replaced by political nominees. Every judgment in force passed since 1998 will become revocable. The newly created Disciplinary Chamber will be able to conduct disciplinary processes against judges – even despite of their excused absence (i.e. due to illness). Following these changes, the independence of Poland’s judiciary will be seriously compromised.
The EU must act now to ensure this does not happen – using all the legal means at its disposal.
To this effect, together with the leaders of the European and German Greens, we have issued an open appeal to the First Vice President of the EU Commission Frans Timmermans, warning him of the threat to the rule of law in Poland. Vice President Timmermans must show that he has the courage and foresight to take firm and swift action to preserve the independence of Poland’s judiciary.
Please join us on Saturday 9th June at 12:00, for a press conference about our appeal to the European Commission. Our guest speaker will be the Green MEP Terry Reintke. The conference will be held at the fountain in Park Świętokrzyski – north of the Palace of Culture and Science. Should you have any questions, please contact our press office at [email protected] or +48.504.115.264. We look forward to seeing you there.