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    Manowska sworn in as the first president of the Supreme Court

    Małgorzata Manowska was sworn in today as First President of the Supreme Court, and Judge Stanisław Laskowski as President of the Penal Chamber of the Supreme Court, in the presence of President Andrzej Duda. The president expressed hope that the newly nominated presidents will help to calm the situation in the Supreme Court, and guard the apoliticality of this institution.

    “I am delighted with this decision, and with the moment of you taking up your offices, not only because these very important places are filled at last in terms of managing the entities which are the Supreme Court and the Penal Chamber in the Supreme Court. I must say that I am pleased with the choice. I am glad to see who is taking over these offices mainly because you are both, Madam President and Mr President, judges, from the very beginning of your legal careers, and this is very important. You have not become judges as of late, or in recent years, you have been members of the judiciary for a very long time. You have passed through all levels of the common courts. I hope these appointments will bring some reassurance to the supreme court. We know very well what the situation has been like recently, there has been a lot of anxiety, there will probably be a lot of discussions. I regret these politicised situations of the Supreme Court, and I ask you presidents to try and tone down the atmosphere among your colleagues. I know that all such changes are accompanied by differing emotions and I understand that not everybody will agree with all changes, but we are free people, each of us has a free will and our own beliefs, we are allowed to disagree with each other at times”, stated the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda.

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