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Changes in the judiciary: The Senate puts a point on "I" – law and justice – GazetaPrawna.pl



This is the outcome of the amendments to the Judiciary Act, which was debated yesterday in the Senate. Representatives of the governing party spoke about the desire to establish order and ensure the correct implementation of reforms. Resistance to an even greater legal chaos

Yesterday's discussion took place as part of the resumption of the Senate. On Friday, the Chamber failed to complete all three laws related to the judicial system, which were quickly adopted in the last week of the Sejm meeting. This hurry also caused, inter alia, doubts the senate legislators, whether the legislative process was properly carried out.

As the first senators yesterday closed the discussion on a project for publication of three judgments of the Constitutional Court of 201

6 (case numbers K 47/15, K 39/16 and K 44/16), which in fact they are "settlements" called. Opposition representatives demanded the rejection of the law. The PiS Senators stressed that it was an attempt to settle a dispute that had been going on with the Constitutional Court for more than two years, which he thought should be ended.

The compromise was not reached with respect to another law either. I am talking about changes in the provisions of the Supreme Court, which, among other things, already increase the already large financial autonomy of the new Disciplinary Body of the Supreme Court. The opposition believes that this law will also violate the Constitution and, in its opinion, should also be rejected by the House of Lords.

No less enthusiastic about the third law, which leads to equating the retirement age of women's and men's judges, introduces a multi-level mechanism for dismissing presidents and vice-presidents of courts and provides for a situation in which the first president of the Supreme Court in other words, oppositional senators asked whether the 30-day period provided by law for the KRN is sufficient to express an intention to dismiss the President of the Court from the Minister of Justice will suffice. The Council, as they pointed out, is a collegiate body meeting on a fixed schedule

Łukasz Piebiak, Deputy Minister of Justice, answered the senators' doubts, although this was not the Ministry, and PiS MPs were preparing changes. At the Senate meeting yesterday, none of the candidates were present. Deputy Minister Piebiak saw no threat. In his opinion, the 30-day period is sufficient.

At the same time as the senators about the changes, the judges of the Krakow appeal also debated. In one of the resolutions passed, they sharply criticized all three laws, pointing out that only the approximation of the retirement age should be "approved" by women's and men's judges.

The vote on all three acts was scheduled for last night. At the time of closing the number, their results were not known yet.

UPDATE: The Senate passed without modification the amendment to the Supreme Court Act, the Common Court System, the State Court Register and the amendment regarding the publication of the three judgments of the Constitutional Court of 2016.


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