New political forces (communists), which came into power in Poland at the end of World War II, formally retained the legal system, which existed in the Second Republic before the war. The principle of legal continuity was however undermined in the sphere of military penal law and jurisdiction. The 1932 criminal code was still in force. The decision of making new code was undertaken in 1950. Earlier, from 1947 the Ministry of Justice was working on novelization of penal law. The purpose of these works was to adapt old law to new political principles. These works were interrupted at the end of 1948. One of the reasons of this interruption were disagreements between members of the Codification Committee on the ways of making new law.
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