Fighting for justice: Day of the Endangered…
We honour the courage and commitment of lawyers around the world who fight for justice, ahead of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer on 24 January.
The president of the Republic of Poland.
The National Prosecution Office in Poland has filed a motion to the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court to waive the immunity of Judge Igor Tuleya. This could potentially lead to criminal prosecutions against him and set a precedent for actions taken against other judges.
Widespread international concern has been expressed about the lack of independence of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court.
We’ve been informed that the reason for this motion by the National Prosecution Office is that Judge Tuleya ordered an investigation into procedural irregularities that allegedly took place during a session of the lower chamber of parliament in December 2017.
Judge Tuleya allegedly allowed reporters to attend the hearing or otherwise allowed for publication of his judicial decision. We’re concerned that measures taken by the Polish government are not limited to legislative changes, but also include direct repressive actions against judges and prosecutors.
We respectfully urged the relevant authorities to:
February 2020 – we wrote to the Polish president about our concerns that legislative amendments undermined judicial independence and the separation of powers