Verslag zitting ‘interim measures’ Polen

Katrien Witteman, Paweł Paweł Juszczyszyn, Monika Frąckowiak en Joanna Hetnarowicz-Sikora

Op maandag 9 maart 2020 zat Katrien Witteman, rechter in de rechtbank Limburg, op de publieke tribune bij het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie in Luxemburg. Zij woonde met een aantal andere rechters uit Polen, België, Noorwegen, Turkije en Nederland de ‘interim measures’-procedure bij die door de Europese Commissie was aangespannen tegen de Republiek Polen in het kader van de inbreukprocedure C-791/19.

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Polish Ombudsman: crime against judiciary

The developments in the Polish judiciary can be difficult to understand for the uninitiated. Polish Ombudsman Adam Bodnar therefore adresses nine popular opinions and possible responses in a recent article.

‘I believe that the internal sense of independence, professional integrity and decency of judges will be a source of effective defence against the attempts of the executive branch of power. However, an in-depth analysis should be continued of the factors that have made, and are still making, the crime against the Polish judiciary possible, and of how to prevent such processes in the future.’

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Suspension and salary reduction for critical Polish judge Juszczyszyn

On 4 February 2020, the Disciplinary Chamber of the Polish Supreme Court suspended judge Paweł Juszczyszyn from his post and reduced his remuneration by 40%. Judge Juszczyszyn was the first Polish judge to implement the 19 November 2019 verdict, in which the Court of Justice of the European Union established criteria under which the Disciplinary Chamber can be considered independent and impartial.

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Minister ontvangt nieuwe druk ‘Matters of Principle’

Op 29 november 2019 hield de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Rechtspraak een conferentie over de rechtsstaat. In het Vredespaleis in Den Haag heeft voorzitter Tamara Trotman namens Rechters voor Rechters de nieuwe druk van ‘Matters of Principle’ overhandigd aan minister voor Rechtsbescherming Sander Dekker.

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