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.

The time of trial - report of Helsinki Fundation For Human Rights

THE TIME OF TRIAL. How do changes in justice system affect Polish judges? After almost four years of continuous changes in the justice system, the guarantees of judicial independence and the proper operation of the courts have been seriously compromised. Nearly 20 amendments to key pieces of justice legislation have extended the possibility of politically influencing the work of courts.In 2018, daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita and IUSTITIA Judges’ Association published the results of two indepe...

A detailed summary of the Judge Alina Czubieniak`s case.

March 22, 2019 was a breakthrough day for the Polish judiciary. On this day the government has indeed crossed the Rubicon River, shatteringly violating the rule of law and breeching the sphere of tie judicial independence of the judge. Alina Czubieniak the judge of the Regional Court (second level of the three level system of the common courts in Poland) in Gorzów Wlkp was convicted in the disciplinary proceeding by the judges of the new Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court for issuing the...

When Polish judges become human rights defenders (euronews.com)

“There is a danger when politics enters the judiciary,” warned Judge Sławomir Jęksa in his summing up of his decision to accept the appeal of a woman who had been charged for using offensive language at a rally. More: https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/04/when-polish-judges-become-human-rights-defenders-view?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1554368345...

EU opens new infringement procedure against Poland over independence of judges (http://www.tvn24.pl)

The European Commission opened a new infringement procedure against Poland on Wednesday, saying a new disciplinary regime the right-wing government in Warsaw has introduced for judges dealt a blow to judicial independence. (http://www.tvn24.pl) More:https://www.tvn24.pl/tvn24-news-in-english,157,m/eu-executive-opens-infringement-procedure-against-poland-over-judiciary,924219.html,157,m/eu-executive-opens-infringement-procedure-against-poland-over-judiciary,924219.html...

Poland's justice minister: previous standards protected thieves and criminals (http://www.tvn24.pl)

The disciplinary chamber's role is to treat all citizen equally and not to apply separate measures to those who think of themselves as a special caste and regular citizens, said Poland's Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro in response to a new infringement procedure against Poland launched by the European Commission on Wednesday. (http://www.tvn24.pl) More: https://www.tvn24.pl/tvn24-news-in-english,157,m/polish-justice-minister-ziobro-comment-on-eu-infringement-procedure,924251.html,157,m/pol...

Polish judge punished by the new Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court for a correct verdict

In August 2016 judge Alina Czubieniak of the District Court in Gorzow Wielkopolski, when hearing an appeal from a ruling ordering pre-trial detention of an intellectually disabled suspect who could not read and write, ruled that he should have had a defence attorney when his detention was being decided by the first instance court. Because the suspect had been denied a defence attorney in first instance proceedings (the attorney had been appointed only in time to appeal the pre-trial detention), ...