Council of Europe blasts Poland’s court system overhaul

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Head of the Constitutional Justice Division of the Secretariat of the Venice Commission, Austrian Schnutz Rudolf Duerr (C), and rapporteurs Austrian Christoph Grabenwarter (R) and Finnish Kaarlo Tuori (L) leave the Polish Supreme Court building after a meeting with Polish Supreme Court judges in Warsaw, Poland, 08 February 2016.

Council of Europe blasts Poland’s court system overhaul


Democracy and human rights are in danger in Poland, according to legal experts who advise the Council of Europe.

As reported by The Guardian, Europe’s leading constitutional experts are critical of Poland’s new conservative Law and Justice party, which won the elections in October 2015. In December, they passed new legislation to overhaul court procedures, making it harder to pass rulings.

The experts at the Council of Europe, which are known as the Venice Commission, called on the Polish ...


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