Statement of American Bar Association regarding judicial reforms in Poland

The American Bar Association is concerned about rushed efforts to implement the Polish law governing its Supreme Court enacted earlier this year. The ABA expressed concern before its adoption that the law would lead to the politicization of the court, and we believe that irregularities in the proceedings to select new judges for the Supreme Court will further undermine judicial independence in Poland.

In light of these concerns, the ABA urges the government of Poland to respect the constitutionally protected term of the First President of the Supreme Court and to delay seating the newly appointed judges until after an ECJ ruling on the legality of the new law. These measures are necessary to ensure public confidence in the Polish

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