Planned new reorganization of existing courts and the organization of new ones, the Ministry of Justice will soon achieve total control over the entirety of the Polish judiciary system
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New legislation on Supreme Court published. PiS waves the white flag but the EU has no plans to quitMaria Pankowska
The new Supreme Court Act came into effect on 1 January – the judges previously forced to retire came back to work. PiS ultimately gave up despite stalling for time until the last moment. Yet the fight for the rule of law continues, and the EU has no plans to quit. In 2019, the CJEU will rule on the politicisation of the National Council of the Judiciary
Reporting to the European Commission on the implementation of its recommendations regarding rule of law, the Law and Justice government is demanding the end of the procedure implemented under Article 7 of the Treaty on the EU. In the report, the government makes unsubstantiated claims that the changes into judiciary are addressing ‘high public expectations’
The expected ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal would confirm that the current Polish National Council of Judiciary (KRS), suspended from the European Networks of Councils of Judiciary in September 2018, is legal and capable of guaranteeing independence of judiciary, which critics claim it is not
56 per cent of respondents in Poland would like the European Commission to continue demanding that the Law and Justice party authorities observe the rule of law in Poland, while just 39 per cent would prefer it to “forgive the government”.