National Council of the Judiciary marks 30th anniversary

Polish President Andrzej wrote a letter on the occasion, read out by his aide Andrzej Dera at the event. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Poland's National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) celebrated its 30th anniversary during a Tuesday ceremony held at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. Polish President Andrzej wrote a letter on the occasion, read out by his aide Andrzej Dera at the event.

In his message, Duda wrote that courts, being the bodies of a democratic state, "play a subservient role towards its citizens" and this should be a criterion for assessing their organisation and functioning.

"This fundamental truth should always be emphasised, because the extent of the court's power over individuals, families, enterprises and even entire social groups is enormous," he wrote.

In the president's opinion, judges "cannot be socially alienated" and should be subject to some kind of democratic control. He also said he is convinced that the new procedure of appointing KRS judges (by MPs and not, as before, by judges) will ensure that the country's political norms meet high standards.