Polish courts have a narrow ruling against the Polish government over judicial appointments

Polish courts have a narrow ruling against the Polish government over judicial appointments ...

BRUSSELS, Nov. 16 - The highest court of the EU ruled on Tuesday that Poland has the option to assign judges to higher criminal courts or to remove them without stating reasons violated EU law.

The case arose after a Polish court asked if the Polish government's ability to de-thin a panel of three judges to court on criminal cases violated the requirement for judicial independence.

The Polish court said that secondment and terminations were not based on predefined legal criteria and neither must be accompanied by a statement of reason.

The Cour of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said that the rules relating to secondments must provide necessary guarantees to prevent possible use of them as means of exerting political control over judicial decisions.

Polen's nationalist government is involved in many disputes with the EU regarding issues such as the rule of law and judicial reforms that critics say undermine the judicial independence.

In October, the CJEU ruled that Poland must pay one million euros per day in fines in order to retain a disputed disciplinary chamber for judges.

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