Last year, the Constitutional Tribunal ruled that certain provisions governing secret services’ access to telecommunication data (e.g. text messages and phone records) violate the Constitution. The Tribunal demanded that a procedure for destroying data covered by the legal professional privilege (LPP) be introduced. Nevertheless, the draft law on the competences of secret services, in its current shape, instead of protecting data covered by LPP exposes it to abuse from secret services in ongoing proceedings.
The amendments to the Construction Law which aim to shorten the implementation period of less complex investments and facilitate the investment process itself entered into force in June. “However, much will depend on the practice of public administration bodies in this area. It cannot be excluded that those bodies will abuse the opportunity to object […] which will mean that the goals of the introduced changes will not be fulfilled,” warn legal advisor Artur Sidor and advocate trainee Paweł Murawski in the newest issue of the Builder magazine.
The amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure, which change the current model of criminal proceedings, enter into force on 1 July 2015. “This reform did not come out of the blue. It happened for two reasons. Firstly, criminal proceedings were not fair and, secondly, Poland has a big problem with proceedings which last for years,” says advocate Mikołaj Pietrzak in an interview for Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.
„Inevitability of even lenient punishment is more important than its severity. Rigid sanctions should be considered with great caution. The court ought to have the necessary flexibility in imposing a penalty, so that it can each time adjust it to the circumstances of a given case,” write advocates Małgorzata Mączka-Pacholak and Paweł Osik in their commentary on the amendments to Polish traffic law.