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.

Program resolution of the 28th Ordinary Assembly of Delegates of the Polish Judges` Association "Iustitia" adopted in Katowice on April 2, 2022.

The Polish Judges` Association "Iustitia" will consistently follow the path of restoration and maintaining the rule of law in the Republic of Poland. This path was clearly marked out by the previous resolutions Delegates' Assemblies.

We cannot yield to lawlessness. We owe it to Poles, our children and grandchildren, and to previous generations who fought for our homeland to be free, democratic and law-abiding.

We are convinced that Poland free and safe is Poland within the European Union, strong in the values ​​that create the foundations of the rule of law and the alliances based on them.

Recently, we have once again learned the painful lesson that what is started with an attack on institutions that protect democracy and freedom can result with the war that may come with authoritarian power.

We know that the rights of citizens can only be fully respected in a state where the courts are independent of the political power and where judges adjudicate independently.

The right to an independent and properly staffed court established by law, pursuant to Art. 45 of the Poliah Constitution and Art. 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, is therefore of key importance.

Therefore we call for the political power and its judicial organs to cease to undermine the European treaties, the competences of European courts and institutions, and the rights protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

We want to belong to a European Union whose foundations are solidarity and the rule of law.

The Polish Judges` Association „Iustitia" will be involved in solving one of the greatest problems facing the modern world, ie the problem of refugees and their rights, both on the legal and humanitarian level. We will expect the same from the Polish State and the international community.

We are Polish and European judges, which is why we co-create a strong European judicial movement that will effectively fight to secure fundamental rights and freedoms. This will allow for a more complete implementation of European values, both at the national and Eeuropean level.

The restoration of the rule of law in Poland cannot be done without liquidating the Supreme Court`s Disciplinary Chamber and ensuring that disciplinary cases are heard by independent courts with independent judges appointed by the legal National Council of the Judiciary.

The fight for the rule of law will not end until all unlawfully suspended judges eventually return to their judicial duties. We will continue to support and defend repressed judges.

The neo-NCJ was contributing largely to the legal chaos in our country. This body is the source of defective judicial appointments.

It is necessary to suspend further activities of the neo-NCJ and block the election of members of the NCJ on unconstitutional terms, and to introduce the solutions contained in the draft Agreement for the Rule of Law.

Since the political took control over of the Constitutional Tribunal, it is the judges of common, administrative, military, Supreme Court and Supreme Administrative Court judges to protect the Constitution of the Republic of Poland and the rights and freedoms enshrined in it.

We ask all judges, including those who have decided to participate in competitions before the illegal neo-NCJ, to join the work of restoring the rule of law, restoring legal certainty and citizens' trust in the State.

We believe that the judges' sense of responsibility will prevail in them and that they will declare their readiness to return to their previously held positions, or to start in new, proper competitions.

We will strive with all our might to:

a) redressing the damage caused in the judiciary, shaping the rules of disciplinary liability of judges and restoring the composition of the National Council of the Judiciary to a state compliant with the Polish Constitution based on drafts prepared by our Association, which are the only ones that allow for the fulfillment of the conditions specified in the judgments of the CJEU, the ECtHR, the Supreme Court and Supreme Administrative Court;

b) the introduction of a comprehensive, modern judicial system in Poland, based, inter alia, on strong judicial self-government, uniform judge position, elimination of delegations, transparent competition procedures, high level of education of candidates for judges, cooperation with other authorities, while maintaining independence and separation from the political authority;

c) strengthening the civil society and the participation of the citizen factor in the administration of justice, as well as raising the legal awareness of the society, both through the Association's own activities and through the IUSTITIA Foundation for Legal Education.