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Poland Court to Rule on Legality of Judicial Appointments

Poland Court to Rule on Legality of Judicial Appointments

Tuesday, 03 March 2020 08:38 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) β€” Poland's constitutional court is expected to rule Tuesday whether recent judicial appointments made under regulations introduced by the right-wing government are legitimate.

The Constitutional Tribunal was asked to decide on the lawfulness of the appointments, which were suggested by a judicial body that critics say the government has politicized. The tribunal also is weighing if Poland's president had full power to put judges on the bench across the country.

President Andrzej Duda is aligned with the ruling Law and Justice party. Some of the Constitutional Tribunal's judges, including court President Julia Przylebska, also were appointed with the party's backing.

For that reason, the Supreme Court of Poland has argued that the tribunal has no authority to issue rulings.

β€œIn the name of the Supreme Court, I declare that the Constitutional Tribunal in its current composition has lost the ability of fair execution of the functions assigned to it,” Supreme Court President Malgorazta Gersdorf said in a letter to the tribunal.

The Supreme Court and government critics say that under the new regulations judicial appointments are politicized, making rulings by those judges flawed and invalid.

The case is part of a wider controversy over changes the Law and Justice-led government has made to the judicial system since it came to power in 2015. European Union bodies have said that interference with the judiciary violates the democratic system of checks and balances.

The European Court of Justice said in November it was up to Poland's courts to assess the legality of the recent judge appointments and the validity of verdicts the judges issued. On that basis, the Supreme Court said they were invalid.

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