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.

Independence of Polish judges: Commission asks European Court of Justice for financial penalties against Poland on the activity of the Disciplinary Chamber

Today, the European Commission took two separate decisions, both related to decisions of the Court of Justice and where the actions of the Polish authorities continue to undermine the functioning of the Polish justice system. First, the Commission decided to request the Court of Justice to impose financial penalties on Poland to ensure compliance with the Court's interim measures order requested under Article 279 TFEU (of 14 July 2021). The order related to the functioning of the Disciplinary C...

Resolution of the Polish Judges Association Iustitia of 30 August 2021 concerning the Justice Fund (Fundusz Sprawiedliwości).

Resolution of the Polish Judges Association Iustitia of 30 August 2021 concerning the Justice Fund (Fundusz Sprawiedliwości). The Board of the Polish Judges Association Iustitia draws the attention of the international public opinion to the numerous irregularities in spending the funds transferred in 2017 to the disposal of the Minister of Justice within the so-called Justice Fund designed for supporting the victims of crimes. These irregularities have been indicated in the information of the ...

Afghan Women Judges Aid Fund Campaign

Dear IAWJ members, We have heard you! The situation in Afghanistan is dire and many of you have reached out to the IAWJ International Board, Board of Managerial Trustees, and the Executive Office on ways you can support the women and girls of Afghanistan in general and our members and their families in specific.How can you help?Financial SupportWe are creating a fundraising campaign in support of our efforts. We will use the funds to provide direct aid to our Afghan members in desperate need an...

Appeal by the National Board of the Polish Judges Association IUSTITIA on the deteriorating situation of legal professionals in Afghanistan dated August 17, 2021

We are witnessing the tragedy in Afghanistan, affecting people who want to live in peace and to live in a country with respect for human rights. The Taliban takeover of power poses a real threat to all people lining there, especially lawyers, including judges on duty. Women lawyers, including the female judges, are at particular risk of their lives. We cannot remain indifferent, we cannot stay aside  in this situation. Therefore, we appeal to the Polish government to take all measures to ensure...

A 5 billion Euro penalty to save the rule of law. How infringement penalties are set. ESI Background paper

5 August 2021 When member states violate EU law or refuse to implement judgements by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) EU institutions are not powerless: the European Commission can propose, and the ECJ impose, financial sanctions.On 20 July 2021, European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova, determined to see the ECJ judgement on the Polish judicial system from 15 July implemented, announced just this:“We will ask for financial sanctions if Poland does not remedy the situation by 16 Aug...