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The Supreme Court reform under fire
July 17, 2017   
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Wladyslaw Frasyniuk
Most major Polish dailies are writing front page about a bill proposed by ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) MPs that would change the structure of the Supreme court and retire all the chief justices save for those selected by the Justice Minister.
The bill was criticized by both opposition and country's lawyers, who see it as a measure to end checks and balances within the Polish political system.
Gazeta Wyborcza's deputy editor-in-chief went as far as to call most opposition parties to form a single coalition, headed by communist-era democratic opposition activist Wladyslaw Frasyniuk, in order to remove PiS from power and "restore constitutional order, separation of powers and judicial independence."
The reform could prove costly for PiS and may open another field of conflict with the European Commission, Polska The Times warns in a comment.
PiS will not give up on its proposal for changes in the Supreme Court, although some tweaks within the bill are obviously possible, PiS MP Andrzej Matusiewicz, who will present the bill to MPs, told Gazeta Wyborcza in an interview.
Matusiewicz dismissed suggestions that the bill is a political vendetta on Supreme Court head Malgorzata Gersdorf, who had been critical of PiS.
Poland cannot change the quality of its judiciary branch without replacing its personnel that has been responsible for that branch's quality, deputy Justice Minister Patryk Jaki told reporters in the context of the new draft bill on the Supreme Court.
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