"Amended law will strengthen Constitutional Tribunal's position"
President Andrzej Duda has signed into law a bill amending the law on the Constitutional Tribunal passed by the Sejm (lower house) last week, the President's Office has announced.
"After analysis, after consideration, today I have decided to sign the amendments to the law on the TK. I believe that the amended law contributes to strengthening the position and situation of the Constitutional Tribunal", President Duda told a press briefing at midday Monday.
Adjudicating on laws passed by the parliament, the tribunal should rule in its full line-up and through a larger than ordinary majority, the Polish president added.
"These are lawyers who have different political and ideological views, but also different legal views. A bigger (required) majority is a guarantee that the great majority of these lawyers will be in agreement", Andrzej Duda explained.
The solutions adopted in the amended law "strengthen the position and the gravity of the tribunal's jurisprudence, also in the public's perception", the president said.
Andrzej Duda appealed for an end to disputes in the Polish parliament, which he described as very often unproductive. "I appeal for a merit-based discussion on matters that are important to Poles and expected by them", the Polish president said.
"Let us remember that every word is heard not just in Poland, but that Poland is also one of the larger EU countries and words spoken here are also heard abroad. Therefore I would like to ask that the truth be spoken", president added.
The new regulations on the TK come into force on the day of their publication.
Among other things, under the new law the Constitutional Tribunal (TK) will generally adjudicate in its full line-up of at least 13 out of 15 judges (today at least 9 out of 15), although some matters will only require the presence of 7 judges. The full line-up rulings will require a two-thirds majority, instead of a simple majority as used to be the case.