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The first president of the Supreme Court to face disciplinary charges. In the background there is a dispute within the institution

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The disciplinary spokesman of the Supreme Court brought disciplinary charges against the first president of the Supreme Court, Małgorzata Manowska – certifying untruth and acting to the detriment of the public interest. In the background of the case there is a dispute within the institution. There are also questions about what will happen next with the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary.

The first president of the Supreme Court, Małgorzata Manowska, faced disciplinary charges. – Until a few years ago, there was never a time when any judge of the Supreme Court was faced with disciplinary charges, especially the first president of the Supreme Court – notes Michał Laskowski, judge of the Supreme Court.

If the Supreme Court finds the allegations true, Małgorzata Manowska may even be removed from office. The charges against her are serious – certifying untruth and acting to the detriment of the public interest. – She regularly included our votes in the pool of votes abstaining from participating in the college, in a situation where we all consistently declared that we did not participate in the college – informs Michał Laskowski.

Legally appointed judges refuse to participate in the College of the Supreme Court as long as the illegal Disciplinary Chamber operates in the Supreme Court. Małgorzata Manowska pretended not to notice their opposition and considered the lack of responses to e-mails as abstentions.

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As the disciplinary spokesman for the Supreme Court tells Gazeta Wyborcza, Manowska allegedly committed a “gross insult to the provisions of law and violated the dignity of the office of a judge.”

Complaints against the President of the Supreme CourtTVN24

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Similar allegations appear in the investigation initiated by the prosecutor's office against 20 neo-judges from the neo-National Council of the Judiciary. – This is a very early stage. We are unable to provide any information – comments Anna Adamiak, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General.

The Iustitia Association of Polish Judges filed a report on the commission of a crime by members of the neo-KRS. – People who illegally, inconsistently with the constitution, usurped the functions of members of the National Council of the Judiciary – says Krystian Markiewicz, president Iustitia Association of Polish Judges.

We asked the neo-KRS to comment on the prosecutor's decision. We received the answer: “there will be no recording”. It was written on social media that members of the constitutional body would not be afraid, because what kind of country would it be?

PiS is attacking the prosecutor's office in the same spirit. – Adam Bodnar wants to intimidate, convict and take judges in the National Council of the Judiciary to court – says Sebastian Kaleta, MP from Sovereign Poland.

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Tusk on the amendment to the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary: we will certainly not satisfy everyoneTVN24

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European and Polish courts found that the neo-KRS is not an independent body because, contrary to the constitution, it was staffed by politicians. – The courts ruled: this is not a body referred to in the constitution of the Republic of Poland – emphasizes Krystian Markiewicz.

The takeover of the National Council of the Judiciary enabled the previous government to take control of the justice system. – Ziobro did everything to have his people everywhere just to be able to use them when he is in power, but also when he is in the opposition – points out Robert Kropiwnicki, deputy minister of state assets.

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Iustitia filed a complaint with the prosecutor's office several months ago and the judges are surprised that the investigation has only been initiated now. They are also irritated by the too slow pace of change. – Half a year is really a lot of time to change. How much longer do we have to wait? – asks Maciej Ferek, judge of the District Court in Kraków.

The neo-National Council of the Judiciary continues to appoint more neo judges, because the bill restoring the independence of the Council is stuck in the Sejm. The judges sharply protested against the Senate's amendment to the bill allowing neo-judges to run for the National Council of the Judiciary. – If neo-judges will have the right to sit on the National Council of the Judiciary, the question is why change the National Council of the Judiciary that exists now at all? Nothing will change – points out Maciej Ferek. After the judges' protests, the Sejm suspended work on the bill.

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