Polish president signs one of three judiciary reform bills, vetoes remaining two

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 26.7.2017 08:45

Polish President Andrzej Duda will veto two of the three bills supposed to reform the country's judiciary system. On 24 July he said that the law on the Supreme Court, as well as the law on the National Council of the Judiciary, will be sent back to the Parliament. However, the following day, Tuesday 25 July, he decided to pass the third bill which changes the functioning of general courts and allows the minister of justice to appoint and remove their chairmen and deputies.

The reform's original version was supposed to allow the justice minister to remove all judges from the Supreme Court and appoint new ones. However, the lower house of the Parliament (Sejm) adopted an amendment which would give the president more competencies and final word in the process. This latest move by Duda is even more surprising as he is a close ally and former member – he left after the presidential election – of the ruling right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party who pushed the reforms. The opposition welcomed his decision and stressed the role that civil society played in the recent days. Nevertheless, Duda still insists on reforming the judicial system and wants to prepare his own version within two months. The versions vetoed by Duda will now return to the Parliament, where they require a three-fifths majority, which the PiS does not have, to go through.

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