Statement of the Association of Polish Judges “Iustitia”

We regretfully observe the proceedings of the body that claims to be the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) – composed of judges elected by two political parties. Members of this body support the activities of the ruling party aimed to strike independent judges.

Recently announced competitions for Supreme Court judges positions, under the notice of the President of the Republic of 24 May 2018, are null and void. This results not only due to the fact that this procedure is unconstitutional, but also because the notice – contrary to Article 144(2) of the Constitution – is not countersigned by the Prime Minister. As a consequence, the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court will have no legal force. This argument was confirmed by the judgment of the Constitutional Court (full bench) of 23 March 2006 (case K 4/06).

Today we heard the voice of judges from all over Poland. All of them agree with the above statement.

Full text of the statement below.