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 N° 19 (2016) THE ROLE OF COURT PRESIDENTS

The purpose of this Opinion is to examine issues and concerns relating to the role of court presidents, given the overriding need to ensure a more effective functioning of an independent judiciary and an enhanced quality of justice. The Opinion has been prepared on the basis of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (hereafter the ECHR), the CCJE’s Magna Carta of Judges (2010) and previous CCJE Opinions: No. 1(2001) on standards concerning the indepen...

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) ...