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Judicial reforms: president's proposals
September 8, 2017   
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Michal Krolikowski
Judicial reforms to be proposed by President Andzej Duda will prove "radical" but constitutional, Michal Krolikowski, a former deputy Justice Minister in the Civic Platform-Polish Peoples Party (PO-PSL) government and now the President's top advisor in the matter, said in a radio interview.
The Constitution allows for changes in the make-up of the Supreme Court and changes in nominations to the National Judiciary Council (KRS), he says. Nominations for 15 regular seats in the KRS will come from the lower house of parliament, but require a 3/5 majority, forcing parties to seek compromise with opposition.
Age limits for Supreme court judges might be used as a means of removing justices with a communist-era past, Krolikowski adds, allowing for exceptions at the President's discretion.
The current Supreme Court Chief Justice Malgorzata Gersdorf has complained that such limits would wipe out some 40% of the current line-up.
Disciplinary concerns are also addressed, possibly via 'extraordinary appeal' procedures.
To date, early steps in constructing the bills had been clothed in secrecy ahead of an H1 September proposed release date.
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