Courts and tribunals are a separate and independent branches of government from the others. The independence of the courts and independence of judges should be guarded by the National Council of the Judiciary (Article 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland).
Today, the ruling party, by selecting compromised judges for the new composition of the National Council of the Judiciary, contrary to the Constitution and the judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights, has once again demonstrated that it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Constitution, the European Treaties or ordinary human decency. All that matters is power.
Unfortunately, a similar level of 'respect for the law' and political subservience was displayed by the dozen or so judges who agreed to take part in this successive political coup d'état against the independence of the courts and the rule of law in Poland. They trampled on the principles of judicial dignity and integrity which, according to the judicial oath, were supposed to guide them.
The so-called neo-NCJ proved already in the previous term that it does not intend to fulfil its duty to protect judicial independence, becoming rather an executor of political will. The council elected today is a clear continuation of this. Therefore, it cannot be recognised as a body provided in Article 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, and judicial appointments involving it must be regarded as political and contrary to Polish and European law.
We hereby declare that as judges of the Republic of Poland, and at the same time representatives of the Polish State, we shall uphold the Constitution and the civil rights and liberties enshrined therein. We shall fulfil our oath to serve the Republic of Poland faithfully, to uphold the law, to perform the duties of a judge conscientiously, to administer justice in accordance with the law, impartially according to our conscience, to observe legally protected secrecy and in our proceedings to be guided by the principles of dignity and honesty.