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  • On 18-20 March 2009 Minister Jacek Czaja, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, visited the Council of Europe. The main purpose of his visit was to determine conditions and possibility of secondment of Polish judges to work in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Such secondments would on the one hand, improve the quality of the Registry's work thanks to judges' knowledge of and work experience in the application of national law, while on the other hand it would ensure the efficiency of the European system of human rights protection within the national judiciary system.

    The meetings with Mr Jean-Paul Costa - President of the European Court of Human Rights, Mr Erik Fribergh and Mr Lawrence Early - Registrars of the European Court of Human Rights, Mr Philippe Boillat - Director General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs as well as Mr Lech Garlicki - the Polish judge at the Court, concerned also issues related to the implementation of the Court's judgments issued in Polish cases in which violation by Poland of Article 3, Article 5 para. 3 and Article 6 of the Convention was found on account of the prison conditions, excessive length of the pretrial detention and excessive length of court proceedings.

    Minister Jacek Czaja presented actions undertaken by the Ministry of Justice in order to prevent similar violations in the future. The draft amendment to the Law on a complaint against violation of the party's right to have a case examined without undue delay in judicial proceedings, met with particular interest. The purpose of draft amendment was to introduce a possibility of a complaint about the excessive length of the criminal preparatory proceedings when as a result of unjustified delay on the part of an organ conducting these proceedings, the party's right to have her/his case examined without undue delay, has been infringed. The existing cooperation between the Government and the Registry of the Court was highly appreciated and considered as a model and example of good practice for other Member States.

    During the visit to Strasbourg Minister Jacek Czaja also met with Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio - Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The talks were devoted to activities and initiatives aimed at strengthening the protection of the rights of the child within the framework of the Strategy „Building a Europe for and with Children" for 2009 - 2011. The need for cooperation in this regard among all Member States of the Council of Europe was stressed. Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio recognised as one of the priorities for the Council of Europe the signature and ratification by all Member States of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, as well as the Convention on Cybercrime the latter regulating the issues related to preventing and combating crimes committed using internet, including child pornography.

    The meeting with Polish lawyers employed in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg concluded the visit.


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