Krystyna Pawłowicz, a former PiS MP and currently a judge of the Constitutional Tribunal, announced that she had resigned from running for vice-president of the Constitutional Tribunal. “In more than a year – the elections for the President of the Tribunal” – she added. She also announced that two candidates for the position of vice-president will be presented to the president – judges Bartłomiej Sochański and Jakub Stelina.
“For the sake of the Constitutional Tribunal, in the morning I resigned from running for the position of the Vice-President of the Tribunal. In more than a year – elections for the President of the Tribunal. Two candidates for the position of the Vice-President of the Tribunal will be presented to the President: Sr. Bartłomiej SOCHAŃSKI and Sr. Jakub STELINA” (original spelling – ed.) – wrote Pawłowicz on Twitter.
Pawłowicz about that submitted her candidacy for the Vice-President of the Constitutional Tribunalit reported on July 12.
At that time, the former PiS MP also announced that it was for Thursday Julia Przyłębska convened the General Assembly of Judges of the Constitutional Tribunal, which the aim is to “select candidates for the position of Vice-President of the Constitutional Tribunal”.
On July 5, Mariusz Muszyński’s six-year term as vice-president of the Constitutional Tribunal expired. He is one of the judges who believe that Julia Przyłębska’s term as president of the Constitutional Tribunal came to an end in December last year.
Dispute in the Constitutional Tribunal
A dispute has been going on in the Constitutional Tribunal for several months about Przyłębska’s term as president of the Constitutional Tribunal, which has recently made it impossible for the Tribunal to convene in full (at least 11 out of 15 judges). According to some lawyers, including former and current judges of the Constitutional Tribunal, Przyłębska’s term of office expired after 6 years, i.e. on December 20, 2022, and at the same time she cannot apply for this function again.
According to Przyłębska herself, as well as the prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki and some experts, her term of office expires in December 2024 – together with the end of Przyłębska’s term as a judge of the Constitutional Tribunal.
Due to the dispute in the Constitutional Tribunal, a full court decision is still pending, among others, the application submitted in February by the President Andrzej Duda on the amendment to the law on the Supreme Court, which – according to PiS politicians – is to enable the implementation of the “milestone” from which European Union conditional on the payment of funds National Reconstruction Plan.
All current judges of the Tribunal are appointed by the current ruling majority.
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