Declaration of Judges of the Polish Supreme Court – 21 January 2021

The Association of Judges ‘Themis’ is hereby presenting a translation into English of the unprecedented joint declaration of 46 active judges of the Polish Supreme Court, supported by a declaration of 32 retired judges, expressing the utmost concern about the recent actions of the authorities intended to politically subordinate the judiciary and the prosecutor’s office. We would like to emphasize that all the judges who signed the declaration, both active and retired, were elected with the participation of the properly elected National Council of the Judiciary, i.e. before the introduction of the procedure in 2018 for selecting its members in conflict with the Polish constitution (i.e. in accordance with the procedure set out in the regulations of the Act amending the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary and certain other acts of 8 December 2017 – Journal of Laws of 2018, item 3).

 

Declaration

We are observing with great concern and opposing further actions by the authorities against prosecutors and judges who take a critical stance against the systematic subordination of the prosecutor’s office and courts to the politicians.

Such actions include sending certain prosecutors to places that are very distant from their place of residence and instituting proceedings against judges who consider appeals against such decisions.

We also consistently upholding the position expressed in many judgments of the Supreme Court that there are no grounds for adjudication by the Disciplinary Chamber, including in cases regarding the immunity of judges.

In view of the refusal to call a General Assembly of Judges of the Supreme Court since June 2020, this declaration is the only form in which we can comment on this socially important issue.

Warsaw, 21 January 2021

Supreme Court Justices (SSN):

SSN Tomasz Artymiuk                                                                      SSN Władysław Pawlak

SSN Teresa Bielska-Sobkowicz                                                       SSN Marek Pietruszyński

SSN Bohdan Bieniek                                                                         SSN Krzysztof Pietrzykowski

SSN Jacek Błaszczyk                                                                         SSN Agnieszka Piotrowska

SSN Dariusz Dończyk                                                                       SSN Waldemar Płóciennik

SSN Jolanta Frańczak                                                                      SSN Piotr Prusinowski

SSN Małgorzata Gierszon                                                               SSN Zbigniew Puszkarski

SSN Katarzyna Gonera                                                                    SSN Krzysztof Rączka

SSN Jerzy Grubba                                                                            SSN Marta Romańska

SSN Paweł Grzegorczyk                                                                  SSN Andrzej Siuchniński

SSN Józef Iwulski                                                                            SSN Barbara Skoczkowska

SSN Przemysław Kalinowski                                                         SSN Romualda Spyt

SSN Halina Kiryło                                                                           SSN Krzysztof Strzelczyk

SSN Monika Koba                                                                           SSN Andrzej Stępka

SSN Marian Kocon                                                                         SSN Maria Szulc

SSN Anna Kozłowska                                                                     SSN Dariusz Świecki

SSN Michał Laskowski                                                                  SSN Roman Trzaskowski

SSN Rafał Malarski                                                                        SSN Katarzyna Tyczka-Rote

SSN Jarosław Matras                                                                    SSN Małgorzata Wąsek-Wiaderek

SSN Dawid Miąsik                                                                         SSN Eugeniusz Wildowicz

SSN Grzegorz Misiurek                                                                SSN Paweł Wiliński

SSN Anna Owczarek                                                                     SSN Włodzimierz Wróbel

SSN Maciej Pacuda S                                                                    SSN Dariusz Zawistowski

The statement is also supported by the retired Supreme Court justices:

SSN Mirosław Bączyk

SSN Krzysztof Cesarz

SSN Małgorzata Gersdorf

SSN Tomasz Grzegorczyk

SSN Beata Gudowska

SSN Jacek Gudowski

SSN Tadeusz Ereciński

SSN Teresa Flemming-Kulesza

SSN Józef Frąckowiak

SSN Lech Gardocki

SSN Henryk Gradzik

SSN Irena Gromska-Szuster

SSN Zbigniew Hajn

SSN Zbigniew Kwaśniewski

SSN Wojciech Katner

SSN Iwona Koper

SSN Roman Kuczyński

SSN Jerzy Kużniar

SSN Barbara Myszka

SSN Henryk Pietrzkowski

SSN Dorota Rysińska

SSN Ewa Strużyna

SSN Adam Strzembosz

SSN Józef Szewczyk

SSN Bogumiła Ustjanicz

SSN Lech Walentynowicz

SSN Tadeusz Wiśniewski

SSN Andrzej Wróbel

SSN Małgorzata Wrębiakowska – Marzec

SSN Stanisław Zabłocki

SSN Kazimierz Zawada

SSN Jadwiga Żywolewska- Ławniczak

 

Oświadczenie sędziów SN z dnia 21 stycznia 2021 r.

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