How does the judicial independence in Poland after the reforms compare to other EU countries?


There have been a lot of talks recently about the erosion of judicial independence in Poland after the new government has decided to change the way judges are nominated. However to me (as a Czech resident) this criticism seems a bit strange since in the Czech Republic judges have always been nominated directly by the executive (subject to approval by the Parliament) and therefore the judicial system has never really been independent in the first place.
How does the new situation in Poland compare to the situations in other EU countries? Is it really true that judges are usually independent from the Executive and the Legislative branches of the government?

There's a key difference:

In the Czech Republic, judges are appointed for life and cannot be revoked. Once appointed they can go rabid against the Executive and Legislative branches of government if the situation calls it. (EU countries all have a similarly independent Judiciary branch, whereby Judges cannot readily be dismissed nor can they have their salary slashed on a whim.)

By contrast the Polish Justice Ministry would be able to dismiss judges if the reform passes, i.e. the Executive branch of government would be able to keep the Judiciary on a tight leash.

How does the judicial independence in Poland after the reforms compare to other EU countries? How does the judicial independence in Poland after the reforms compare to other EU countries? Reviewed by Hamza Bashir Ahmad on 02:32:00 Rating: 5