Today’s Poland: Judicial Independence in Danger

Prague Municipal Library, Mariánské nám. 1, Prague 1

Guest: Igor Tuleya

Over the past few years, the Polish government has been tightening the screws on independent institutions. The judiciary is traditionally one of the basic pillars of a democratic state, but in Poland it remains under constant pressure. To what extent can politics interfere in the work of judges, punishing those who are not afraid to speak up against dangerous reforms? How is this even possible in an EU member state? The guest speaker for this discussion is the Polish judge Igor Tuleya, who publicly defends an independent judiciary and is currently facing a disciplinary investigation because of his activities.

The debate will follow the screening of the film, you can't buy admission just for the debate.

The debate was supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA.

Guest

Igor Tuleya

Igor Tuleya

A Polish lawyer, a judge of the Warsaw District Court, and former spokesman for this court.

He is known for his criticism of the undemocratic actions of the Polish government. For several years now, the government has been trying to abolish the independence of the judiciary and leave the judiciary to the ruling party, thereby violating a basic pillar of European democracy. The illegally established disciplinary chamber of the Polish government in 2020 stripped Tuleya of judicial immunity and his position. He is currently facing up to two years in prison. He is one of the main protagonists of the opening film Judges under Pressure.

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Judges Under Pressure

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