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The lack of the possibility of challenging a final decision on the approval of a land consolidation (and/or exchange) plan SK 21/17

Ref. No. SK 21/17

JUDGMENT
IN THE NAME OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND

Warsaw, 18 April 2019

The Constitutional Tribunal, composed of:

Sławomira Wronkowska-Jaśkiewicz – Presiding Judge
Piotr Pszczółkowski
Małgorzata Pyziak-Szafnicka
Stanisław Rymar
Andrzej Zielonacki – Judge Rapporteur,

having considered, at a sitting in camera on 18 April 2019 – in accordance with Article 92(1)(1) of the Act of 30 November 2016 on the Organisation of the Constitutional Tribunal and the Mode of Proceedings Before the Constitutional Tribunal (Journal of Laws – Dz. U. item 2072, as amended) – Ms H.N.’s constitutional complaint, lodged with the Tribunal for it to consider the conformity of:

1) Article 33(2) of the Act of 26 March 1982 on Land Consolidation and Exchange (Journal of Laws – Dz. U. of 2014 item 700) – insofar as it does not provide for the application of Article 158(2) of the Code of Administrative Procedure of 14 June 1960 to challenge final decisions (Journal of Laws – Dz. U. of 2016 item 23) if five years have passed since the day when a decision on the approval of a land consolidation (and/or exchange) plan became final – to Article 21(2), Article 45(1), Article 64, Article 77 in conjunction with Article 2, Article 7, Article 21(1), Article 31(3) and Article 32(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland,

2) Article 33(2) of the Act on Land Consolidation and Exchange – construed in the way that it does not provide for the application of Article 158(2) of the Code of Administrative Procedure to challenge final decisions if five years have passed since the day when a decision on the approval of a land consolidation (and/or exchange) plan became final – to Article 21(2), Article 45(1), Article 64, Article 77 in conjunction with Article 2, Article 7, Article 21(1), Article 31(3) and Article 32(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland,

adjudicates as follows:

Article 33(2) of the Act of 26 March 1982 on Land Consolidation and Exchange (Journal of Laws – Dz. U. of 2018 item 908) – insofar as it makes it impossible to determine that a final decision on the approval of a land consolidation plan has been issued in violation of law – is inconsistent with Article 45(1) and Article 77(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland.

Moreover, the Tribunal decides:

pursuant to Article 59(1)(3) of the Act of 30 November 2016 on the Organisation of the Constitutional Tribunal and the Mode of Proceedings Before the Constitutional Tribunal (Journal of Laws – Dz. U., item 2072 as well as of 2019, item 125), to discontinue the proceedings as to the remainder.

The ruling was unanimous. Sławomira Wronkowska-Jaśkiewicz
Piotr Pszczółkowski
Małgorzata Pyziak-Szafnicka
Stanisław Rymar
Andrzej Zielonacki