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Press release on the proposed reform of the Supreme Court in Poland

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In a press release, the Law Society of England and Wales expresses its concerns over the upcoming reform of the Polish Supreme Court that would curtail the rule of law in the country. 

The new legislation is set to come into force on 3 July and may lead to the dismissal of almost 40 per cent of existing Supreme Court’s judges, by reducing the retirement age from 70 to 65 years of age. It would also provide discretionary powers to the President of the Republic to decide over the composition of the Court. The proposed amendments are in stark violation of the principle of irremovability of judges as enshrined in regional and international law, and should therefore be halted.

The European Union is already undertaking dialogue with the Government of Poland in this regard. It is envisaged that the European Court of Justice may also have powers to take interim measures to suspend the implementation of the proposed legislative reform and prevent the suspensions of Polish Supreme Court judges foreseen after 3 July.  

Read the full version of the Law Society’s press release

Read the statement made by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on the reform

 

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