President swears-in new constitutional judge

Sochański, 65, specialises in human rights, European law and penal commercial law. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday swore-in Bartłomiej Sochański as a Constitutional Tribunal judge, after the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, nominated him for the post on Monday, the Tribunal said in a news release.

Sochański, whose candidacy was put forward by the ruling party, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS), replaces Grzegorz Jędrejek, who passed away in January.

Sochański, 65, specialises in human rights, European law and penal commercial law.

In 1994-98, Sochański was the mayor of Szczecin, a city in north-western Poland. In 2001-2018, he was honorary consul of Germany in Szczecin. He joined PiS in 2017.