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.

Disciplinary Chamber Denies Validity of CJEU Ruling and Intends to Rule in the Case of Waiving Igor Tuleya’s Immunity

On 5 October 2020, in Warsaw, the politicised Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court will hold a meeting to waive judge Igor Tuleya’s immunity. This is another act of negating the validity of the ruling of the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) by the Disciplinary Chamber. In the judgment of 8 April 2020, case C-791/19 Commission v. Poland, the CJEU ordered the suspension of the Disciplinary Chamber’s activity in cases of disciplinary liability of judges. The ...

Position of the Board of Association fo Polish Judges IUSTITIA Regarding Disciplinary Chamber Actions

The Board of the Association of Polish Judges IUSTITIA highly negatively perceives the actions of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court of Poland, especially the fact that the Chamber ignores the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU Grand Chamber) ruling of 8 April 2020, in Case C-791/19 Commission v. Poland, suspending the application of the national provisions concerning the jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Chamber in disciplinary proceedings against judges. The Disciplinary Ch...

Open Letter to the President of the European Commission regarding the Rule of Law Breakdown in Poland

Dear President von der Leyen, In your recent State of the Union address, you rightly emphasized that “breaches of the rule of law cannot be tolerated.” We are sorry to say we are seeing ample evidence to the contrary (see our previous open letters here and here). The current Commission is failing to project any sense of urgency (at least, in public view) around this issue, while Polish authorities continue to openly abuse, harass and intimidate judges and prosecutors who are seeking to de...

Law Changes that slowed down the work of the courts, at the hearing of the European Court

Two more cases from Poland will be recognized by the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg on Tuesday, September 22. They concern political changes in the Supreme Court, adopted by the ruling majority and supported by the Minister of Justice/Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro. The CJEU will consider two legal questions concerning the cases of Polish judges: Monika Frąckowiak and Waldemar Żurek. The preliminary questions concern whether persons appointed to the Supreme Court in the politicis...

PiS sets its aims on the courts – a further unveiling of the reform of the judiciary

20–30 judges of the almost 100 are to remain in the Supreme Court.The remainder will retire. The ruling group is preparing a further unveiling of the reform of the judiciary. As Rzeczpospolita unofficially established, there will be changes in both the Supreme Court, as well as the ordinary and administrative courts. The most radical changes will be in the Supreme Court: according to our sources, instead of 97 judges (out of 125 positions) an elite 20- or possibly 30-person group of them wil...