The ECBA has received recently alarming information concerning the current situation of judges in Poland. According to this information, there are multiple ongoing disciplinary proceedings and other repressive measures against judges.  In this Statement the ECBA expresses grave concerns regarding the repression and obstructions facing judges in Poland. 

Regarding the hearing on 9 June 2020 of the criminal case initiated against Judge Igor Tuleya,

the ECBA has made representations to the Supreme Court Disciplinary Chamber by way of a letter sent by email on 8 June 2020.  Following this statement released on June 8, 2020 (, the ECBA announces with satisfaction ​the Disciplinary Chamber of the Polish Supreme Court rejected the request to lift judge Igor Tuleya's immunity from prosecution. The ECBA recalls that guaranteeing that judges are in a position to perform their professional duties without fear or reprisal, hindrance, intimidation or harassment, is essential to preserve their independence, as well as the integrity of the administration of justice and the rule of law. In this regard, the ECBA further reminds that the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court does not meet the requirements of judicial independence, in particular as defined in the Judgment of the Court od Justice of the European Union of 19 November 2019 in cases C-585/18, C-624/18 and C-625/18, A.K. et al. (Independence of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court).