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Judge Dariusz Mazur acquitted of disciplinary charges. It was about words about a “legal crime” and a comment on Małgorzata Manowska's actions

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Deputy Minister of Justice, Judge Dariusz Mazur, was acquitted of the disciplinary charge. He was accused of violating the dignity of the office in connection with the words he allegedly said in the media against the first president of the Supreme Court. According to Thursday's ruling, the evidence “clearly ruled out that the phrase 'judicial crime' was uttered by the judge.”

On Friday, the Disciplinary Court at the Court of Appeal in Rzeszów acquitted Judge Dariusz Mazur, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, of the charge of violating the dignity of the office of a judge.

This is about a statement in the media from July 2021, in which he referred to the annulment by the First President of the Supreme Court, Małgorzata Manowska, of the order regarding the implementation of the CJEU decision of April 8, 2020, when the CJEU obliged Poland to immediately suspend the application of the provisions regarding the unrecognized Disciplinary Chamber in disciplinary cases of judges.

In his statement, the judge allegedly used phrases against the First President of the Supreme Court, attributing to her the commission of a “judicial crime” and a “legal crime”. The judgment is not final.

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The intention was not to “offend” Manowska, but to “aler society”

The chairman of the three-person adjudicating panel, Judge Dariusz Lotycz, in the oral justification of the judgment, said, among other things, that the evidence presented before the court “unequivocally ruled out the phrase 'judicial crime' being uttered by the judge.” The term “legal crime” was used, which was confirmed by the accused judge Mazur himself.

In the justification of the judgment, Judge Lotycz noted that the second element that supported the acquittal of Judge Mazur was intent, or in the common sense, intention. – Well, the intention was in no way to offend or humiliate Professor Manowska. The intention was to alert the public that this decision (suspending the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, which currently no longer exists – editor's note) is an extremely bad decision, extremely dangerous – noted the presiding judge.

He emphasized that, according to the disciplinary court, the decision to acquit Judge Mazur was “right, justified and accurately justified.” He reported that one of the adjudicating judges had a dissenting opinion.

Main photo source: PAP/Paweł Supernak

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