We are an independent, apolitical and self-governing association of Polish judges.
Our main mission is to defend freedom and civil rights, which are the democratic foundations of Poland - a member of the the European Union.
We have been operating for more than 25 years, also as part of different international organisations of judges. We associate over 3,500 judges, most of them in Poland.

Polish judge punished by the new Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court for a correct verdict

In August 2016 judge Alina Czubieniak of the District Court in Gorzow Wielkopolski, when hearing an appeal from a ruling ordering pre-trial detention of an intellectually disabled suspect who could not read and write, ruled that he should have had a defence attorney when his detention was being decided by the first instance court. Because the suspect had been denied a defence attorney in first instance proceedings (the attorney had been appointed only in time to appeal the pre-trial detention), ...

Poland should restore necessary guarantees for independence of judges and prosecutors, prevent regression on women’s rights and combat gender stereotypes - Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović

Modern European democracies cannot function without truly independent judiciaries. Poland’s authorities should take further steps to restore full independence of the judiciary and act to resolve discord and deadlock that continue to affect the functioning and the credibility of some of the judicial institutions. Judges and prosecutors must be shielded from undue pressure,” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović ...

Legal opinion on the consequences of the defectiveness of the proceedings on the nomination of judges to the Supreme Court in the context of the effectiveness of their appointment

This legal opinion applies to the assessment of compliance of the procedure of appointing judges to the Supreme Court with the Constitution of the Republic of Poland of 2 April 1997 [hereinafter: Constitution]. The starting point of the analyses conducted in this opinion is Article 179 of the Constitution, according to which judges are appointed for an indefinite term of office by the President of the Republic of Poland on the motion of the National Council of the Judiciary (NCJ). This formula u...

IUSTITIA’s resolution in the matter of judges’ protests in Romania.

Polish Judges Association IUSTITIA would like to express its solidarity with Romanian judges, who oppose to the changes in Romanian judicial system that infringe judicial independence. Our Romanian’s colleagues protest was organised in a legitimate interest of defending the basic legal frameworks of the judiciary. Recent legislative solutions adopted by Romanian legislative authority pose an imminent threat to the judicial independence and consequently civil rights and freedoms. Therefore, ...