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PiS wants to control the Supreme Court
July 18, 2017   
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Stanislaw Piotrowicz
Ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) wants to adopt the Supreme Court bill before the parliamentary summer break, so that it can be signed by the president by the end of July, daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna writes.
In this way, the bill could become effective almost at the same time as the bills on supreme judiciary body KRS and common courts, which complement the ruling camp's judiciary reform.
The Supreme Court bill will undergo some tweaks, but major changes are unlikely, PiS MP Stanislaw Piotrowicz tells DGP. Rzeczospolita daily, on the other hand, says it is highly likely PiS is just flying the kite with the draft bill and will eventually make some changes to it.
By publishing such a controversial bill, the ruling party is taking attention off the bills on KRS and common courts, which have just been approved.
Additionally, once PiS makes concessions, it will be able to say it is listening to Poles and while it is determined to reform the judiciary, it is ready to withdraw from some solutions, according to the daily.
On the political front, the judiciary overhaul will make justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro one of the most powerful cabinet members, which could potentially lead to his dismissal if PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski considers him a threat to his leadership, according to the newspaper.
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