The National Council of the Judiciary
Considering recent statement of Law and Justice deputy to Parliament, Stanisław Piotrowicz, who referring to alleged privileges of justices of the Polish Supreme Court, claimed that “the judges who are ordinary thieves, would not adjudicate anymore”, we expect your respond and calling on him to explain his statement, admonishing him and making him apologize publicly.
Publicly and groundlessly referring to the judges of the most important court in Poland as thieves may further decline trust in Polish judiciary.
Regardless of our doubts considering the correctness of the appointment of the National Council of the Judiciary, we urge you to carry out the basic tasks of this body. One of them is to uphold the independence of judges, which can be also understood as defending them from attacks made by politicians. We want to know if the judges can count on you.
Judicial independence is an indispensable element of the autonomous judiciary and a safeguard of civil rights and freedoms. It affects the stability of the state, the economy as well as social harmony.
At the same time, we would like to inform you that lawyers cannot be silent when there is a threat to this balance – now and in the future. Actions that oppose political influence on the judiciary cannot be called political. On the contrary, their aim is to maintain independence from the world of politics. Such attitudes will always gain our support.
Warsaw, 3 September 2018
The Board of the Association of Polish Judges IUSTITIA