WARSAW – Further justice reforms planned

Poland’s Justice Ministry plans to cut the number of Supreme Court judges to 20-30 from the current 97 and merge some of the top court’s chambers, Rzeczpospolita said on Tuesday, as the ruling coalition pushes on with judiciary reforms.

“To heal the situation in the judiciary, it is necessary to limit the number of official positions, reorganise the courts and limit their jurisdiction,” Deputy Justice Minister Anna Dalkowska said on Tuesday (8 September).

Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party has been under fire from the EU for its controversial court reforms, which the opposition says were aimed at exerting more control over the judiciary and Brussels that it breaches the bloc’s standards on the rule of law.

At the other hand, PiS insists the changes are needed to improve efficiency and get rid of the last vestiges of the previous communist system.

Earlier this year the PiS introduced reforms aimed to discipline judges who question court appointments under new rules. (Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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