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ECHR rules suspension of Poland judge violated European rights convention

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The European Court docket of Human Rights ruled Thursday that Poland’s former Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court docket breached the European Conference on Human Rights when it suspended and eliminated the judicial immunity of Decide Igor Tuleya. Earlier than his suspension, Tuleya emerged as a distinguished determine in opposition to Poland’s judicial reforms.

The courtroom decided that Poland violated Article 6 § 1, Article 8 and Article 10 of the European Conference on Human Rights. The violations primarily involved the deprivation of judicial immunity from Tuleya, which served as the idea for initiating a prison case in opposition to him for disclosing confidential data. The judges additionally identified a connection between Tuleya’s opposition activities and the case initiated in opposition to him inside the Republic of Poland.

The courtroom discovered that Poland violated Article 6 § 1 by subjecting Tuleya to proceedings below a chamber that was not sufficiently “impartial and neutral.” It additionally dominated that Poland violated Article 8 of the Conference, which protects an individual’s personal life, by making Tuleya topic to illegitimate public proceedings. Lastly, the courtroom held that Poland breached Tuleya’s Article 10 proper to freedom of expression by retaliating in opposition to him for talking out in opposition to Poland’s judicial reforms.

Tuleya was additionally awarded a sum of 36,000 euros from the Polish authorities.

Paradoxically, whereas Poland’s new Skilled Legal responsibility Chamber of the Supreme Court docket restored Tuleya’s place and wage, it didn’t restore his judicial immunity, making him topic to ongoing prosecution.

Along with this explicit case, the courtroom has beforehand issued eight choices associated to judicial reforms in Poland. Notably, all of the plaintiffs concerned had affiliations with the federal government however shifted to the opposition following what they perceived as illegal and inequitable judicial appointments orchestrated by the manager department.

The Polish authorities has beforehand acknowledged its non-compliance with ECHR decisions ordering the reinstatement of judges.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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