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.