We call on the 15 illegal members to step down. We call on the entire National Council of the Judiciary to stop its activities aimed at conducting competitions for judicial positions – said Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz, MP of the Civic Coalition, before the first meeting of the neo-KRS with new representatives of the Sejm. – Today, here in this building, we will raise awareness and call – she added.
The first meeting of the National Council of the Judiciary with new representatives of the Sejm began on Tuesday. These are Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz and Robert Kropiwnicki from the Civic Coalition, Tomasz Zimoch from Poland 2050 and Anna Maria Żukowska from the New Left. In the previous term, the seats in the National Council of the Judiciary for representatives of the Sejm were occupied only by PiS MPs.
Gasiuk-Pihowicz: we call on 15 illegal members of the National Council of the Judiciary to resign
Representatives of the Sejm organized a press conference in front of the National Council of the Judiciary building on Tuesday morning. Gasiuk-Pihowicz said that “this institution has been poisoning the Polish justice system with neo-judges for the last eight years.” – It led to a huge conflict with the European Union and the loss of billions of EU funds – she added.
The MP said that “15 people (judges) illegally elected by the Sejm are staying here contrary to the Polish constitution.”
– We call on these 15 illegal members to step down. The terms of office of these fifteen are not protected in any way by the constitution, because they were elected in violation of it. However, we call on the entire Council to stop its activities aimed at conducting competitions for judicial positions – said Gasiuk-Pihowicz.
– We call on candidates to withdraw their candidacies and refrain from taking part in these competitions. The choice of these people will be tainted with a legal defect and will not be protected in any way, like any illegal or dishonest action, because lawlessness simply does not give rise to law. Braving your legs and arms is pointless at this point, she added.
Gasiuk-Pihowicz: the days of the neo-KRS are numbered
The KO MP said that “the time of this illegal fifteen in this building is coming to an end.”
– Nothing lasts forever, especially actions that have no legal basis or any moral basis. Today, here in this building, we will raise awareness and call. But soon there will be resolutions, laws and specific actions of the Minister of Justice, she said.
– The days of the neo-KRS are numbered. Today is the beginning of the end of the neo-KRS, she said.
Politicized National Council of the Judiciary
The National Council of the Judiciary is a constitutional body that is supposed to “guard the independence of courts and judges”, and its main task is to give opinions and present to the president candidates for appointment to the positions of judges in Poland.
The procedure for selecting four members of the National Council of the Judiciary from among the deputies was carried out in accordance with applicable law, but legal doubts are raised by the body itself, which is the National Council of the Judiciary, formed in accordance with the acts amended by Law and Justice. According to many experts, it is politicized because its 15 judges are appointed by politicians.
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