President Andrzej Duda on Thursday signed into law bills amending the laws on Poland’s judicial system, the Supreme Court, the National Council of the Judiciary and the Prosecutor’s Office, the President’s Office announced.
On Thursday, the amended laws were published in the Journal of Law.
The amendments introduce, among others, changes in the procedures for selecting the 1st president of the Supreme Court and the filling in of court posts.
The Sejm (lower house) passed the amendments last Friday. The Senate accepted them, without any changes, early Wednesday morning.
Under the amended rules, two-thirds of Supreme Court judges will suffice to elect the first president. Earlier, nearly all judicial posts at the top court needed to be filled to choose the court head.
Authors of the legislature argued that “the main purpose of amendments to the Law on the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) and the Law on the Supreme Court is to improve the proceedings conducted by the KRS regarding the appointment of judges, including judges of the Supreme Court.”
In tune with the amended laws the General Assembly of Supreme Court Judges will elect and present to the Polish president candidates for the First President of the Supreme Court immediately after two-thirds of all Supreme Court judge posts are filled and, not as before, only when almost all posts were filled.
Provisions amending the Law on the KRS and the Law on the Supreme Court will come in to force on the day following the day of announcement, i.e. on Friday.
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