European Commission sues Poland for judicial reform law

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European Commission sues Poland for judicial reform law

The commission claims the law undermines the independence of judges

The European Commission announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the Polish government in the European Court of Justice, the highest court in Europe, for undermining the independence of the country’s judiciary through a reform law passed in 2019.

The executive body of the EU, the European Commission, also asked the European Court to take interim measures to prevent the application of this law during the consideration of the claim.

Polish law, which came into force in February 2020, prevents judges from referring questions of law to the European Court of Justice and creates a special body, the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, which manages judges without regard to EU law.

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