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.

Changes to National Judiciary Council in a Nutshell

National Judiciary Council (NJC) has been established by the act of December 20t, 1989 in the result of the project prepared by Solidarity (anticommunist opposition) lawyers. Based on the best practices of free European countries, the objective of NJC was to protect the independence of courts and judges – a feature of the judicial system unknown to the communist regime. -NJC was entrusted with nominations of judges, participation in the nominations of courts presidents and strengthening/p...

Prominent critic of Law and Justice Party denounces “assault on the rule of law in Poland” as “out of a political thriller”

“The rule of law in Poland became a smokescreen for shady interests rather than the disinterested expression of an ideal.” The moves to undermine the rule of law came to a head in June last year, when Parliament passed a bill which gave politicians full control over the appointment and promotion of judges. Huge street protests followed this “attack on the separation of powers”, yet President Duda, who did in fact veto the legislation, proceeded to engage in a power struggle with the La...

High Court extradition refusal a ‘nuclear bomb’ in battle for independent judiciary in Poland

On Monday, Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly halted an extradition case involving Polish man Artur Celmer, sought in his homeland on drug-trafficking charges, to seek guidance from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg. Justice Donnelly said “immense” legislative changes to Poland’s judicial system called into question the mutual trust that forms the basis of the European Arrest Warrant system. This is extremely significant because this is the very first case of this type in the h...

High Court Justice Kazimierz Zawada

Born February 8, 1951 in Mędrzechów/Mędrzechowo. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University in 1973. After a three-year legal training he passed the judge exam. In 1982 he received a PhD an 1990 a habilitation in civil law. Since 2001 he is a full professor. Currently employed as a researcher and teacher at the department of Private International Law at his alma mater. He gives lectures on law of bills of exchange. Professor Kazimierz Zawada is Hig...

High Court Justice Stanisław Zabłocki

President of the Criminal Chamber, who has demonstrated his class, erudition and legal competence in two addresses to the Senate during the proceedings of the new bill. Defence counsel in political lawsuits in the 1980s, outstanding theoretician of law, appointed High Court justice in 1991. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at Warsaw University in 1974 and until 1977 was a researcher in the Institute of Criminal Justice. In 1974–1977 he took further legal training, after...