Poland: Planned judicial reform sparks nationwide protests

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in front of Warsaw's parliament to demonstrate against the Polish governments proposed reforms of the judiciary system, feared by protesters of undermining judicial independence. «Anything can happen. We have such a moment that we are not only pelted with mud, our mouth is also plastered, we are seated on the defendants' bench trying to put us in jail, if this... Еще law enters into force, they will probably succeed,» said Warsaw District Court judge Igor Tuleya. Judges and other experts spoke out against the planned reform, which will be discussed by parliament next week. The Law and justice government's reform would require judges to inform their superiors of past membership of political parties as well as of their activity in non-governmental organisations and on social media. The EU had said on Monday, it would investigate whether the draft law undermines judicial independence. The EU has accused the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party of politicising the judiciary ever since it came to power in 2015. PiS argues that the reforms are necessary to make Poland's courts more efficient.
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