No job for thugs or fools

    JUSTICE: As Poland's court independence increasingly moves in the wrong direction, Polish Judge Igor Tuleya springs into action.

    For another perspective on this film also readComing full circle

    «Judging is not a job for thugs or fools. We are not cyborgs. We are regular people who have feelings», says Igor Tuleya, a Polish district court judge, in Judges Under Pressure, Kacper Lisowski’s documentary screening at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. Tuleya is speaking to an audience as he campaigns for greater public awareness and solidarity to keep the judiciary free of undue government influence. The fact that he even has to remind people that judges are not simply robots programmed to do the regime’s bidding without compassion or thoughtful consideration underscores the existential nature of the threat the justice system has been facing since the right-wing3, populist Law & Justice party was elected to office in Poland in 2015 and announced total reforms. As the nation lurched toward greater authoritarianism, the party sought to consolidate unchecked power by destroying the independence of the courts and their ability to issue verdicts that are not politically . . .

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