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Judicial reform close to an end
December 21, 2017   
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President Andrzej Duda decided to sign the bills on the Supreme Court and the top judicial council into law, the president said in a televised statement. The bills were authored by the president himself and differ significantly from the ones vetoed by the president earlier this year, Duda indicated.
The Supreme Court bill ends the term of 40% of the current Supreme Court judges on age grounds, introduces the institution of the super-cassation of rulings issued even decades ago and introduces a special supreme court's chamber for dealing with disciplinary proceedings against judges.
The supreme judicial council (KRS) bill terminates the terms of all the current members of the council, and introduced the law that the judge-members of the council are elected by MPs rather than by country's judges.
President decision comes on the day when the European Commission announced endorsing article 7 procedure against Poland on concerns about rule of law. Those concerns were tied to the legislation on the supreme court and KRS, as well as the earlier issue of appointments to and management of the Constitutional Tribunal.
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