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.

Judges under pressure - report on the methods of harassment of independent judges by the authorities

The report applies to judges with respect to whom the Disciplinary Commissioner of the Judges of the Ordinary Courts, Piotr Schab, as well as his deputies, Judges Michał Lasota and Przemysław Radzik, as well as the deputy disciplinary commissioner appointed at the level of the regions, initiated investigations or disciplinary proceedings in connection with adjudicating and non-adjudicating activities. The list was prepared on the basis of source documents and direct interviews with the judges ...

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

In the present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 35/11, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers focuses on the exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly by judges and prosecutors, both offline and online. While judges and prosecutors enjoy the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in human rights instruments, as public officials, they have special duties and responsibilities that justify the introdu...

Absolute life sentence is a hidden death sentence – remarks concerning latest amendments in the Polish Penal Code by judge Jakub Kościerzyński.

The assertion that in order to decrease the number of crimes, one must tighten the punishments is false for two reasons. The latest amendment to Polish Penal Code is based on the philosophy if retaliation, lex talionis or an ‘eye for the eye’ principle, which have been applied in Europe in the 19th century. It is worth mentioning that then pickpockets came to rob viewers who were watching public applying of the punishment of cutting the hands of the other thieves. The authors of the amendm...

Legal opinion on the consequences of the defectiveness of the proceedings on the nomination of judges to the Supreme Court in the context of the effectiveness of their appointment

This legal opinion applies to the assessment of compliance of the procedure of appointing judges to the Supreme Court with the Constitution of the Republic of Poland of 2 April 1997 [hereinafter: Constitution]. The starting point of the analyses conducted in this opinion is Article 179 of the Constitution, according to which judges are appointed for an indefinite term of office by the President of the Republic of Poland on the motion of the National Council of the Judiciary (NCJ). This formula u...

Report on a pressure and repressive measures taken against Polish judges and prosecutors

The Polish Judges Association IUSTITIA with many other organizations is a co-founder and a member of the JUDICIAL DEFENSE COMMITTEE (KOS), which objective is to defend the rule of law in Poland. JUDICIAL DEFENSE COMMITTEE (KOS) has prepared a report on a pressure and repressive measures taken against Polish judges and prosecutors. We invite you to read it. Please follow the links below to find the report.