An abortion rights activist in Poland has been sentenced to eight months of community service after being found guilty of facilitating abortion. Justyna Wydrzyńska was convicted by a court in Warsaw of helping a pregnant woman to access abortion pills for an at-home abortion.
Tom O’Connor travels to Poland, where he finds pressure on the independent judiciary is intensifying and the country’s defiant judges in a grim mood. An EU fine of €1 million a day is, it appears, a price worth paying for Poland’s populist government which is garbing its susta
A pop singer in Poland who said the authors of the Bible were “wasted from drinking wine and smoking weed” has succeeded in her appeal against conviction to the European Court of Human Rights. Dorota Rabczewska, known as 'Doda', one of the country's most successful artists, made the comm
Irish lawyers are acting on behalf of European judges who are suing the Council of the European Union over a decision to release funds to Poland despite continued concerns over the rule of law. The lawsuit has been filed in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) by the Association of Euro
Northern Ireland's High Court has rejected all grounds of appeal against an extradition warrant to Poland. Although Poland’s courts had a "general systemic deficiency", the court held that this did not create a presumption that the applicant would be denied a fair trial. The applicant, Kamil C
A pregnant woman in Poland has died from septic shock which doctors allegedly did not treat properly out of concern they would fall foul of the country's strict anti-abortion laws – in a case with parallels to the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland in 2012. Polish lawyer Jolanta Budzowska
Poland must pay the European Commission a daily fine of €1 million following its failure to comply with a July ruling over judicial independence. The judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union comes after the Commission sought "financial penalties" to ensure Poland suspends new la
Poland is at loggerheads with the EU again as the rule of law dispute between Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the bloc deepens. At the European Parliament, Mr Morawiecki clashed with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, accusing the EU of blackmail. The incident follows the ruling o
Poland is set for a fresh confrontation with the European Union after its top court ruled that the Polish constitution has primacy over EU law. The Constitutional Tribunal yesterday ruled by a 12-2 majority that articles 1 and 19 of the EU treaties – respectively establishing the powers of the
The European Commission has demanded daily fines from Poland over its defiance of EU court judgments, resulting in ministers in Warsaw accusing it of aggression and blackmail. The Court of Justice of the European Union will set the penalties.
The Polish government has agreed to dissolve a controversial disciplinary chamber for judges in a climb-down following a European court ruling. The European Commission initiated infringement proceedings in April 2020 in regards to the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court on the basis that it th
Poland's judges have defied a European court order to undo the country's judicial reforms, casting doubt on its future as a member of the EU. Stanisław Piotrowicz, a senior judge, said the interim measures of the Court of Justice of the European Union were “not in line” with the Polish
Poland could face EU infringement proceedings over its repeated attempts to bring disciplinary proceedings against the lawyer of Donald Tusk, a prominent opponent of the Polish government, an Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has suggested. Advocate General Michal
Irregularities in the appointment of judges to Poland's top court precluded an applicant company's right to a "tribunal established in law", the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled. In a unanimous judgment handed down last week, the ECtHR noted that three judges of the Constitutional Co
Polish human rights chief Adam Bodnar has been ordered to leave his post by the country's top court. Mr Bodnar, widely regarded as a nuisance to Poland's authoritarian ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, was appointed as Commissioner for Human Rights with the support of opposition parties in 2015.