Your Honour, Ladies and Gentlemen, we are standing before you in defence of the independence of Polish judges, who have been subject to constant attacks and harassment, as well as legislative changes, which are in conflict with Polish and European law, for 5 years, and they are the subject of numerous disciplinary proceedings and hate campaigns with the involvement of the public media, while performing their constitutional and treaty duties. We, in Poland, are witnessing a unique revolution in Poland against the rule of law
We stand before the Court as representatives of a Polish and European judge who found himself in Josef K’s position in Franz Kafka’s Trial. A judge who appealed against a decision of a politicised court president to a politicised National Council of the Judiciary, and then to a politically elected member of the new Chamber of the Supreme Court, who dismissed his case without the case files, regardless of the fact that the case is already being examined by another chamber of the Supreme Court. The Polish judiciary is currently relying on the heroism of the individual and the courage of individual judges, as the systemic protection of their independence has been dismantled. You are the last court whose judgment can save the independence of the courts in Poland. And this is precisely that moment. The Polish judiciary cannot wait any longer.