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.

CCJE OPINION NO. 18 (2015) “The position of the judiciary and its relation with the other powers of state in a modern democracy”

This Opinion examines the following questions: What relationship should there be between the judicial power of a state and the legislative and the executive powers? On what bases do judiciaries establish their right to act as such in a democratic society? How is the “legitimacy” of judicial power demonstrated? To what extent and in what ways should judiciaries be accountable to the societies they serve and to the other powers of the state? How can the three powers of the state exercise...

CCJE Statement on two Acts on the Polish Judiciary and on the Polish Supreme Court

The following document contains the statement of CCJE issued on July 17th, 2017 upon the adoption of the acts on Polish judiciary by the parliament. Statement 17 July 2017 of the CCJE Bureau on the Polish Parliament’s adoption of two Acts on the Polish judiciary and on the draft Act on the Polish Supreme Court_EN...

STATEMENT AS REGARDS THE SITUATION ON THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY IN POLAND

  During the plenary meeting of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE), held in Strasbourg on 8-10 November 2017, in view of the critical situation affecting the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary in Poland, the CCJE takes note of: the Opinion of the CCJE Bureau of 7 April 2017 on the draft legislation on the Polish National Council of the Judiciary (CCJE-BU(2017)5Rev); the Statement of the Bureau of the CCJE of 17 July 2017 on the Polish Parliament’s rec...

Opinion of CCJE Bureau on the Polish President’s drafts of law on judiciary

  On October 12th, 2017, CCJE Bureau issued critical opinion on the drafts of presidential projects of law on judiciary. Download full opinion here: CCJE_Opinion (Poland October 2017) ...

Opinion of the CCJE Bureau following the request of the Polish National Council of the Judiciary

  “The Bureau of the CCJE is deeply concerned at the implications of Draft Act for constitutional principle of separation of powers as well as that of the independence of the judiciary, as it effectively means transferring the power to appoint members of the Council from the judiciary to the legislature. This proposed new method for selecting judicial members of the Council is not in accordance with European standards for judicial independence. It will increase the influence of the legis...