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Rules for appointing the President and Vice-President of the Constitutional Tribunal K 44/16

JUDGMENT
IN THE NAME OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND

Warsaw, 7 November 2016

The Constitutional Tribunal, in a bench composed of:

Andrzej Rzepliński – Presiding Judge
Leon Kieres
Stanisław Rymar – Judge Rapporteur
Piotr Tuleja
Marek Zubik,

Krzysztof Zalecki – Recording Clerk,

having considered – at the hearing on 7 November 2016, in the presence of the applicants – an application by a group of Sejm Deputies to determine the conformity of:

Article 16(1), (5) and (7) of the Constitutional Tribunal Act of 22 July 2016 (Journal of Laws – Dz.U.1157) to Article 2, Article 173 in conjunction with Article 10, as well as with Article 194(2) and Article 197 of the Constitution,

adjudicates as follows:

1. Article 16(1) of the Constitutional Tribunal Act of 22 July 2016 (Journal of Laws – Dz. U.1157), in the part comprising the word ‘three’, is consistent with Article 194(2) in conjunction with Article 10, Article 173, and Article 197 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland and with the Preamble to the Constitution.

2. Article 16(7), second sentence, of the Act referred to in point 1 – construed as not referring to the adoption of a resolution by the General Assembly of the Judges of the Tribunal to provide the President of the Republic with the list of candidates for the position of the President and Vice-President of the Tribunal – is consistent with Article 194(2) in conjunction with Article 10, Article 173, Article 197 of the Constitution and with the Preamble to the Constitution.

The ruling was adopted by a majority vote.

Moreover, the Tribunal decides:

pursuant to Article 40(1)(1) of the Constitutional Tribunal Act of 22 July 2016 (Journal of Laws – Dz. U.1157), to discontinue the proceedings as to the remainder.

The decision was unanimous.

Andrzej Rzepliński

Leon Kieres

Stanisław Rymar

Piotr Tuleja

Marek Zubik