Competence of Common Courts in Poland in Competition Matters
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The main aim of this article is to present current judicial practice, concerning ...
The main aim of this article is to present current judicial practice, concerning
hearing cases stemming from appeals of Polish Competition Authority decisions.
The relevant court tends to review the cases only on merits, omitting to address
procedural infringements, clearly stated by the parties in appeals. In author’s
opinion this common practice does not have a legal leg to stand on. Author
analyses relevant laws and precedents pointing out, that full review of the decision
is Court’s duty, which could not be neglected. Furthermore, according to ECHR
rulings procedural guaranties should be assured on high level, especially in matters,
where quasi-criminal fines are concerned. As a legal practitioner Author perceives
possible crippling effect on effectiveness, assuming that the Court would have to
review all steps of the proceedings before Competition Authority. So in conclusion
Author proposes a compromise solution asserting, that the Court should at least
address all procedural infringement counts stated in appeal.
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