Constitutional aspects of the reform of the Polish justice system in 2017–2018

Mateusz Radajewski


The article concerns the issue of constitutionality of the reform of the justice system in Poland in 2017–2018, which resulted in significant changes of the functioning of the National Council of the Judiciary and the Supreme Court. When discussing the reform of the Supreme Court, the author first of all points to the constitutional problems associated with the premature retirement of some of its judges, which is also connected with the interruption of the six-year term of the First President of the Supreme Court. A separate issue discussed in the article is the introduction to the Supreme Court the lay judges, which is a unique phenomenon on the global scale. The analyses lead the author to formulate final conclusions, also referring to the European regulations and to refer to the unconstitutionality of the solutions adopted by the Polish parliament.
Author Mateusz Radajewski (Filia we Wrocławiu / Wydział Prawa i Komunikacji Społecznej)
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- Wydział Prawa i Komunikacji Społecznej
Journal seriesMezinárodní a srovnávací právní revue, [International and Comparative Law Review], ISSN 1213-8770, e-ISSN 2464-6601, (N/A 20 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.85
Keywords in EnglishReform of the justice system; Supreme Court; National Council of the Judiciary; lay judges; retirement; term of office
Languageen angielski
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