Katarzyna Gonera, retired judge of the Supreme Court, has died. She adjudicated at the Chamber of Labor and Social Insurance. Deputy Minister of Justice Krzysztof Śmiszek wrote on the X platform that “an outstanding lawyer, an excellent civil scientist and a labor law specialist has passed away.”
In a statement on Friday (December 15), the Supreme Court announced the death of an almost 63-year-old lawyer. It was written that Katarzyna Gonera “was a judge for 36 years, appointed as a Supreme Court judge on January 4, 2000, and adjudicated in the Chamber of Labor and Social Insurance.” It was recalled that Gonera “retired on November 1 this year.”
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“An outstanding lawyer, Supreme Court judge, Katarzyna Gonera, has passed away. Extremely professional, perfect. An excellent civil scientist, labor law specialist. I will never forget working with her on behalf of discriminated and excluded people. Honor to her memory!” – Krzysztof Śmiszek, deputy minister of justice in Donald Tusk’s government, vice-president of the New Left, wrote on Platform X.
“A model of judicial integrity”
Attorney Michał Wawrykiewicz emphasized on social media that the deceased was “a wonderful, wise and empathetic lawyer, a model of judicial integrity.” “She was very affected by the unlawful attack on the Polish judiciary in recent years,” Wawrykiewicz wrote on the X platform, adding that Gonera “was involved in the activities of the Committee for the Defense of Justice KOS.”
In the opinion of judge Bartłomiej Przymusiński, member of the management board and spokesman of the Association of Polish Judges IUSTITIA, judge Katarzyna Gonera “was on the ‘light side of the Force'”. “I remember her as a very understanding, sensitive person and full of concern for the image of the judiciary,” Judge Przymusiński wrote on Platform X.
Member of many judicial bodies
Katarzyna Gonera was a member of the National Council of the Judiciary in 2010-2014. In the years 1992-2009, she also sat on the Management Board of the Association of Polish Judges “Iustitia”. Moreover, she was a member of the Expert Team at the Association of Family Judges Pro Familia. She participated in the work on the draft act on court costs in civil cases, conducted by the Civil Law Codification Commission operating at the Minister of Justice.
She signed an appeal calling for full implementation of the July 2021 CJEU rulings, which called for the immediate cessation of the operation of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court.
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