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Structural Change in the Polish Judiciary. "This is Just the Beginning", says Tomasz Sakiewicz

Tomasz Sakiewicz

Probably no one in Poland doubted that the courtsystem needed a major reform, except for the major part of the Polish judicial higher caste (as they have called themselves recently). Corruption, no action in response to perverse misconduct, mafia-like relations in the judicial system, have all shaken the public opinion. Outrageous judgements relating to freedom of speech as well as the average citizen have deepened the sense of hopelessness. In addition, the defence of the Round Tableagreement, which effectively is a defence of the Polish communist state (as it provided protection for communist beneficiaries), and the impunity of criminals from the communist repression system have made 80% of the Poles demand some reforms. The stark opponents of any reform were mainly the beneficiaries of the status-quo system: post-communists, liberal left-wing opposition and a large section of the judiciary.

Adoption of the new law is merely a beginning of necessary changes. They need to be carried out to such an extent that elected judges can truly feel independent, and judgements they issue can be respected. Our law is imperfect and court judgements are controversial. It all requires years of work to fix. The first step has been taken and most likely some changes cannot be stopped anymore. We must remember that a new law and new courts are to serve for years, even decades. Haste and particularism must be avoided for the sake of real reforms. 


11:47 22 lipca 2017