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Adam Bodnar, Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General, on talks with the Chancellery of the President regarding the act on the National Council of the Judiciary

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Adam Bodnar, Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General, confirmed in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 that he is talking to the Chancellery of the President regarding support for the amendment of the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary. He assessed that this was “the last stage when we can still consult something with the president and not expose ourselves to the risk of a veto.”

The Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General was asked in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 whether it is true that he is conducting negotiations with President Andrzej Duda's circle regarding the president's possible support for the amendment of the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary.

– Yes, I confirm that. Maybe I wouldn't call it negotiations, but please note that the president has often said that if any fundamental laws regarding the judiciary are to be presented – and he said so at the government's swearing-in on December 13 – it should be consulted with him in advance, he said.

He stated that this is “the last stage when you can still consult something with the president and not expose yourself to the risk of a veto.”

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– I met with the minister (Małgorzata – ed.) Paprocka, on May 3, during the ceremony at the Presidential Palace, we also talked about this topic for a while. And such conversations are actually taking place. I hope that the President will recognize that this act on the National Council of the Judiciary and the creation and healing of this body, the National Council of the Judiciary, is important from the point of view of the functioning of the Polish state and restoring the rule of law – continued the Minister of Justice.

– I think that the most important point of the dispute is the question of whether judges who could be candidates for the National Council of the Judiciary should only be judges appointed before 2018, (…), i.e. not neo-judges – he added.

Main photo source: TVN24



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