On 19th of May, 2017 the official opinion of the Judicial Council of Lithuania regarding the judicial reforms in Poland was declared. The opinion is as follows:
“On 26th of April, 2017 European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) distributed the statement in which the Executive Board of ENCJ expresses its concern regarding the draft laws in Poland. The draft laws, in Board’s opinion, might harm the independence of the judiciary and Rule of Law in Poland.
The Judicial Council of Lithuania in turn expresses its concern regarding the situation in Poland and declares its solidarity with Polish judges. The Judicial Council agrees with the statement distributed by ENCJ. Judicial independence is inherent to the Rule of Law and democracy, therefore any violation of it is harmful to the fundamental principles of the Rule of Law. The Judicial Council of Lithuania would like to highlight that independent and impartial courts are the aspiration and necessity of every country both in internal affairs and in international community.”