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National Court Administration of Finland joins ENCJ

The Tuomioistuinvirasto / Domstolsverket / National Courts Administration of Finland was established on 1 January 2020 with the purpose of strengthening the independence of the judiciary.Previously most of the tasks of the National Courts Administration were handled by the Ministry of Justice. At the General Assembly of 10 June 2020 the application of the National Court Administrtaion of Finland to become an ENCJ member was unanimously agreed by the Members. 

General Assembly elects new President and Board members

During an online meeting on 10 June 2020 the ENCJ General Assembly elected Filippo Donati as the new President (mandate June 2020- June 2022). Filippo Donati is a non-judicial member of the Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura of Italy. He is a full professor of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Florence.

In addition 4 new Board members were elected:

Judical Networks call for urgent meeting with President Von der Leyen on Rule of LAw crisis in Poland

In a letter dated 21 Feburary 2020, the Presidents of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary, the Network of Presidents of the Supreme Courts of the EU and the European Judges Association call for an urgent meeting with President Von der Leyen on the Rule of Law crisis in Poland.  

ENCJ Executive Board's statement on the need to defend the independence of judges in Poland

In recent years the Executive Board of the ENCJ had expressed repeatedly its serious concerns about developments regarding the independence of the judiciary in Poland. The Executive Board refers to its statements of 30 January 2017, 17 July 2017, 13 October 2017, 5 December 2017, and 17 September 2018. No steps were taken to allay the concerns expressed or to redress the problem identified.