Poland’s constitution supersedes any ruling from the European Court of Justice, says Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro following the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) latest verdict on Poland’s legal system.
The Polish justice minister strongly criticized the verdict of the ECJ on the Polish Supreme Court judge selection process, emphasizing its incompatibility with the Polish constitution
“The Polish constitution is the legal act of the highest order and not European law, despite what the European Court of Justice (ECJ) would like to believe,” Ziobro commented on the ECJ’s Tuesday verdict.
The ECJ ruled that judges who apply to join the Polish Supreme Court should have a right of appeal against the opinions released by the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS), which reviews candidates. The ECJ stated that the final decision in such cases should rest with a Polish court.
“Successive amendments to the Polish law on the National Judiciary Council, which have led to an absence of effective court supervision of the Council’s decisions to present nominees for Supreme Court justices to the president, may be in violation of the EU law,” the ruling reads.