Retiring judges was justified: Polish president

The Polish President Andrzej Duda said in an interview with the Polish tabloid daily “Super Express” that he accepts the sentence of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concerning the Supreme Court (SN) law, but does not agree with it.

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“I accept the ruling of the CJEU because there is no instance in which Poland can appeal. We would have to suffer the consequences on the level of the UE if were to decline the sentence. However, it does not mean that I agree with this ruling,” the Polish head of state told “Super Express.”

“The judges who were retired had been occupying their offices and violating the law,” the President said. “Moreover, the chief justice of the SN, the Human Rights Commissioner and the MPs of the opposition could have taken their complaints of any of the regulations to the Constitutional Court (TK), but they never did,” he added.

The president also said that “sending judges to retirement was absolutely justified.” “As was the introduction of the Disciplinary Chamber [of SN], which fortunately will remain,” he said.

In his opinion, some judges, by not acknowledging the TK after the reform, means that “they do not acknowledge reality.” “The fact that they divide the Tribunals between ‘theirs’ and ‘the others’ is a lack of responsibility,” President Duda said.

He stressed that he was satisfied that “the atmosphere around the SN is changing.” “There are new judges and I hope that people will start to believe that justice is returning to Poland,” the president said, adding that he is “very disappointed that the ruling of CJEU caused judges, who ‘tainted themselves’ during the Communist era, to return to the SN.”