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    Polish government proposes to abolish formal immunity for members of parliament and judges

    Changes proposed by Law and Justice do not include substantive immunity, which protects parliamentarians and judges from being held accountable for performing their duties.

    Yesterday in the Sejm, the Law and Justice Party presented a proposal to amend the Constitution. PIS proposes to abolish legal immunity for members of parliament and judges. A majority of 2/3 of the Sejm is needed to make the change. However, such a majority may be difficult to obtain.

     

    “The change goes in this direction, so that perpetrators of common crimes, whether MPs, senators or judges, can nevertheless be subject to criminal liability without the approval of the Sejm or the approval of the disciplinary court in the case of judges,” MP Marek Ast said.   

     

     

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