The leader of the Polish government-party ‘Law and Justice’ rejects ruling by constitutional court as “private standpoint of a group of certain people”.

Former Polish PM and head of the Law and Justice party Jarosław Kaczyński made the comments after the constitutional court had rejected government reforms. He stated that “there was no ruling”, and refused to publish it, as required to make it binding.

The statement comes following new legislation passed by the Polish parliament requiring a quorum of 13 of 15 judges in the constitutional court, up from 9. At the recent ruling only 12 judges were present, which according to the government renders it invalid.
However, the Venice Commission, an advisory body to the European Commission, has sharply criticized the developments in a new report published earlier last week, highlighting that the ruling by 12 judges “has not fallen short of Polish constitutional law.”

The Polish constitutional crisis initially began last November when the Law and Justice party under PM Beata Szydło forced through legislation allowing parliament to annul the appointment of judges to the constitutional tribunal made previously. Opposition groups were quick to criticize the government for infringing on the independence of the judiciary. Since then, Poland has witnessed frequent protests from both proponents and opponents of the government initiatives, with demonstrations in Warsaw often drawing on the support of tens of thousands of concerned citizens.

Since then the developments have caused a multitude of international negative reactions directed towards the government. In December Martin Schulz, head of the European Parliament, voiced very vocal criticism, claiming that the political events in Poland had “characteristics of a coup”. This comes amid moves by the government under Ms. Szydło to increase controls over news outlets.

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The Venice Commission has been tasked with reviewing a recent police law at request of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The woes of the constitutional court will undoubtedly strain EU-Polish relations for years to come.

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lolek
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lolek
2016-03-15 21:00

I’m also impressed. Maybe that’s because i’m from Poland, and must said that it is not that simple. ‘Law and Justice'(in Polish: Prawo i Sprawiedliwość) party is ultra pro Jew and Pro American, former rulling party Civic Platform(Platforma Obywatelska) was pro German or even german puppet.. So now all of EU states are non independent, and i hope EU will crash soon.

rara
rara
2016-03-15 19:35

Kaczynski is polish Orban/Erdogan/Trump/Putin

qsad
qsad
2016-03-15 20:19

I’am impressed thay AMN writes about Poland. It’s very difficult situation cause some “moderate opposistion” with UE help wants to start revolution. Hope we can avoid Ukrainian or Syrian scenarios

Kamil Chomatek
Kamil Chomatek
2016-03-15 20:17

ex government is [email protected] and most of polish people hope that new government gonna put them in jail

Kamil Chomatek
Kamil Chomatek
2016-03-15 20:15

that it gonna lose upcoming parliament elections. And to block new government in future they put few new judges

Kamil Chomatek
Kamil Chomatek
2016-03-15 20:12

constitutional crisis began in June after corrupt government lost presidential election in May realised that

Maciej Bubiłek
Maciej Bubiłek
2016-03-16 04:09

Oh, @leithfadel, @TheDaneChris made few serious mistakes and ommisions in this article. Polish democracy is fine ;-).

Tomasz Dabrowski
Tomasz Dabrowski
2016-03-16 09:31

Situation is much more complex comparing to what Kamil Chomatek says. That’s true that crisis begun with the actions of previous polish government, but current “Law and Justice” government went much further than just reverting those actions and intentionally blocked constitutional court. Now polish society is split in half like never before during last 25 years and while many support government many others are afraid about the our freedoms that are now controlled by only one man – head of ‘JaL’ party. I really hope we will manage to resolve it peacefully but international isolation of Poland seems inevitable.