Poland Refuses to Publish Constitutional Court Ruling on Justice Reform

Poland Refuses to Publish Constitutional Court Ruling on Justice Reform © AP Photo/ Alik Keplicz

18:20 12.03.2016(updated 18:21 12.03.2016) Get short URL

The Polish government reiterated on Saturday it would not publish a ruling by the constitutional court, which found the new justice reform, approved by the parliament in December, illegal.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The court ruling is considered legally binding after it is published by the prime minister.
On Wednesday, the Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the new legislation, which would require a two-thirds majority and the mandatory participation of 13 of the total 15 judges for constitutional tribunal rulings to stand, is unconstitutional and infringes the principles of a state ruled by law.

“We maintain our view that the Polish government could not publish the decisions of some Constitutional Tribunal judges that are not based on law,” Polish government spokesman Rafal Bochenek said.

The comment comes a day after the Council of Europe’s advisory panel — the Venice Commission — presented its report on Poland’s controversial reform, urging Warsaw to respect the tribunal’s ruling and recommending it to publish the ruling.

The reform has been widely criticized both within Poland and in the European Union. The Venice Commission’s report said that the reform undermines democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

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