Even though judiciary is considerably more independent than in the (otherwise comparable) Hungary, it is still the Achilles` heel of the rule of law in Poland. According to Freedom House, it is the least reformed one of the three branches of government. Continuity in personnel with pre-democratic times is still there. Equality before the law is lacking, as politicians or celebrities are treated more favourably than others, including in criminal cases. The worst facet is the length of trails, which often drag for years. In 2013, a few breaches of European standards were noted, such as arbitrary arrests, detention without trial, searches without warrants, or inhumane conditions in prisons. All those, in spite of the firm constitutional guarantees and extensive legal framework, which protect
human rights and freedom in various areas, from politics or religion to business and property rights. During 2012-2013, the criminal code articles on defamation were challenged by the ombudswoman but the Constitutional Court upheld them. Yet the alleged discrepancy between various laws and Constitution has been most often cited as the main cause of the arbitrariness of judiciary in some human-rights sensitive cases.