Polish parliament passes controversial amendment to the Constitutional Tribunal Act

Poland’s lower house of parliament controlled by the Law and Justice (PiS) party passed on Tuesday night a constitutional court law amendment authored by PiS, which raised vociferous protests from opposition parties, centrist PO, agrarian PSL and liberal Nowoczesna.

The amended law increases the number of judges of the Constitutional Tribunal [Poland’s final arbiter of law] who pass rulings in most important cases (from nine to thirteen out of total fifteen judges) and introduces a rule that the tribunal’s rulings are taken with a 2/3 majority [before verdicts were passed with a simple majority], which would make the five judges recently appointed by PiS the decisive vote in the Tribunal.

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