Motion to the Polish Constitutional Court concerning interim powers of the Ombudsman
On 9 September 2020, the 5-years term of the current Polish Ombudsman (Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich, Commissioner for Human Rights) Adam Bodnar, has ended. Although the appointment procedure has started, the Parliament did not select a new person for this position. Thus, following the well-established practice and article 3.6 of the Ombudsman Law, Adam Bodnar stays in the office as an acting Ombudsman until the appointment of the new one. Pursuant to article 3.1 of the Ombudsman Law, the Ombudsman is appointed by the Sejm with prior approval of the Senate upon motion of the Marshal of the Sejm or a group of 35 deputies. The ruling majority does not have a majority in the Senate, therefore the appointment requires a compromise with the opposition.