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.

Statement of Polish Judges Association IUSTITIA regarding the aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine.

Today we witness unprovoked and unjustified aggression of armed forces of Russian Federation on sovereign state in the heart of Europe. This act of aggression puts Russian Federation beyond the circle of states whose societies desire to live in peace, prosperity and respect for the law and values serving building international community based on dialogue and cooperation. It is the manifestation of the striving to destruction under false slogans which nobody bound to freedom can take as their own.

Polish Judges Association IUSTITIA express its solidarity with attacked Ukrainian society and calls upon all Poles to grant all available help to Ukraininan citizens. Wart affects everyone, but especially civilian population. We are ready to help everyone who needs it, in any available form. We appreciate the fact, that in this daring moment, the representatives of executive power in Poland appeal to community of countries in European Union and allies in NATO. They are the real communities, the only ones able to effectively face the threat from Russia. They are the sources of our values and the guarantees of our safety.

We hope that this manifests true conviction and that political powers of our Country will do all possible to abandon this unnecessary and harmful for polish society argument with European Union and restore as fast as possible, the rule of law and constitutional order. This is what Polish raison d’etre requires. We declare as judicial association that we will endeavor to assist this process just like we do it now – in the spirit of respecting basic rights, inherent to free people.

The respect for rule of law and solidarity is what distinguish between democratic and totalitarian/authoritarian states. We cannot stand in shoulder to shoulder with Russia, who is not respecting ECHR rulings. We consider the restoration of rule of law in our country as one of the most urgent matters. We urge to stop anti-EU and anti-rule-of-law politics and activities aiming at interfering with independence of courts.

We call upon political authorities and judicial authorities dependent on political authorities to stop undermining European treaties and the rights protected by European Convention of Human Rights, Charter of Basic Rights and competences of European institutions, including Tribunals guarding these rights.

As Poles, we are also citizens of European Union and the members of international community of free nations and we are guided by the same values: integrity, respect for other people, truth, work and love for freedom. These values cannot exist without courts independent of political powers and when these courts are not manned by independent judges selected in transparent and fair procedure, based on Polish Constitution, interpreted in good faith.

We call upon all political circles, especially these represented in Parliament, as well as President of Poland, to work together in the spirit of cooperation for rapid an true restoration of rule of law. Polis raison d’etre requires to abandon particular party interests.

Our expectations towards politicians are not our sympathies or antipathies, but true concern of existence and security of Poland and its citizens and all people living within its borders.