The Youngest Sibling

Looking at Ukraine's Judicial Reforms from a Crooked Polish Mirror

23 March 2020

Ukraine’s judges are still not aware that they are the ones who create justice instead of various bodies with competing powers.

Poland will probably no longer be able to create or rebuild the justice system from scratch. The reform of the judiciary is mainly based on further improvement of insignificant detail in an average working machine. The car has been slightly tuned for thirty years, and no one noticed that each season exploits it excessively.

So maybe it’s time to buy a new vehicle? Maybe you should start thinking differently about moving around? Maybe instead of a car we will start by taking the train, walk or cover short distances with a scooter?

By translating the car market into justice, one could start thinking about reducing court cognition, popularising an alternative dispute resolution mechanism, and ways to provide online support for the judiciary. To promote restorative justice.

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Jarosław Gwizdak

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Former judge and Court President in Katowice. He currently works as a teacher, columnist and activist. He was the first person awarded the „Civic Judge of the Year” prize.

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