Gross inactivity of the Mazowieckie Province Governor – judgement of the Voivodship Administrative Court in Warsaw

Voivodship Administrative Court in Warsaw stated that the Mazowieckie Province Governor fell into gross inactivity. In consequence, the Court adjudicated a compensation for our client for the difficulties caused by this inactivity.

Our client applied for subsequent temporary residence permit in November 2017. The decision was only issued twenty months later, in June 2019. The Mazowieckie Province Governor fell into several long periods of inactivity and set distant deadlines to issue a decision. Those deadlines were missed several times. Taking into account those circumstances and the fact that the decision should be issued within a month, the Court ruled that the Mazowieckie Province Governor fell into gross inactivity.

Unfortunately, it is not the only case where the Mazowieckie Province Governor does not issue a decision concerning the temporary residence permit within a statutory time limit, that is a month. According to the information obtained by the Association for Legal Intervention, in 2018 the average waiting period for the decision on temporary residence permit was 182 days. Such long waiting periods often disorganize lives of our clients. They cannot work legally nor visit their friends and relatives abroad.

In order to fight with the inactivity of the authorities, a party of a proceedings can file a reminder and later, should it prove ineffective, an action for failure to act.

Our client was represented before the court by the attorney-at-law Małgorzata Jaźwińska.