Bar Council and BHRC write to the Polish authorities over worsening rule of law crisis

The Bar Council and the Bar Human Rights Committee have written to the Polish President and Prime Minister, and Marshals of the Senate and Sejm, on the worsening rule of law crisis in the country. In particular they address their serious concerns as to the motion filed by the National Prosecution Office to the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court to waive the immunity of Judge Igor Tuleya, initially scheduled for 20 March 2020. 

The letter addresses problems with the Disciplinary Chamber, which has faced severe criticism and has been found not to constitute a court within the meaning of both EU and Polish law, as well as the pattern of harassment against judges against a backdrop of increasing measures to damage judicial independence in Poland.

The letter calls upon the relevant Polish authorities to respect their obligations under the Polish Constitution, the ECHR and EU law, and calls for the call for the arbitrary motion against Judge Igor Tuleya to be withdrawn without delay.

Read the letter in full here.