Polish Constitutional Tribunal

  • One Law, Two Justices

    … on effectiveness to the exclusion of any other considerations. For example, one prominent politician, Ludwik Dorn, noted that if the winners of the next elections wish to restore the previous constitutional order for the Constitutional Tribunal and the courts, they will have to revert to legal measures identical to those used by the current…

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  • Defenceless Formalists: on Abuse of Law and the Weakness of the Polish Judiciary

    … and then married his widow. As king, David had the right to order Uriah to take part in the battle, but he did so to achieve his own ends, not to defend the country. Marshalling the law to one’s own ends Abuse of law is a recurring element of Poland’s rule of law crisis. It enabled the authorities to take control of the Constitutional Tribunal (CT) when…

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  • Is Poland’s President Duda on the Road to Damascus?

    … perspective – remove its teeth. A further mystery is whether Duda’s recent vetoes signal a more permanent change in his fidelities to his political stable and to the Constitution; an opportunity to witness the depth of his conversion arises soon. The untimely death of Professor Morawski, one of the anti-judges appointed to the Constitutional Tribunal…

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  • How to Demolish an Independent Judiciary with the Help of a Constitutional Court

    … On 20 June, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, with three anti-judges among its members, decided that certain provisions of the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland were unconstitutional. By doing so, the Tribunal unanimously conceded to the motion of the Minister of Justice, who had questioned those provisions in the course…

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  • Sententia non existens – the future of jurisprudence of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal?

    … case clearly illustrates how complex the legal situation has become after the improper appointment of judges in December 2015. SUGGESTED CITATION Grzelak, Agnieszka: Sententia non existens – the future of jurisprudence of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal?, VerfBlog, 2017/3/17, http://verfassungsblog.de/sententia-non-existens-the-future-of-jurisprudence-of-the-polish-constitutional-tribunal/, DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.17176/20170317-212917. …

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  • An Eye for an Eye: Law as an Instrument of Revenge in Poland

    … In contemporary societies, the law may serve different functions: a channel for public discourse, a tool for co-ordination, or indeed an instrument of coercion. In contemporary Poland, constitutional law has recently acquired a novel function – an instrument of revenge. Those following Polish affairs will already have spotted a strange…

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  • A Polish Marbury v. Madison?

    … Last week the Warsaw Court of Appeal officially asked the Polish Supreme Court whether a civil court is entitled to assess the validity of appointing Julia Przylebska as the new President of the Constitutional Tribunal (CT). If the question is answered in the affirmative, it could be the first step towards extending the remit of civil courts…

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  • Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal under PiS control descends into legal chaos

    … December 2016 brought some new developments in the Polish constitutional crisis. Judge Rzepliński stepped down from the court and a new set of three statutes was introduced to allow Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS) to take over full control over Poland’s constitutional court, the Constitutional Tribunal (CT). The statutes gave…

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  • Hat die EU das Kräftemessen mit Polen bereits verloren?

    … auf eine permanente Basis stellen soll. Diese fortlaufende Monitor-Aufgabe soll nicht mehr die Kommission selbst, sondern ein unabhängiges Expertengremium übernehmen, besetzt mit Vertretern der Gesellschaft. “Objektiver und weniger politisiert” sei ein solches Verfahren, sagt die Initiatorin in’t Veld, und die Bevölkerung der Länder, die ins Visier…

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