Polish Supreme Court Head Defies Ruling Party As Crisis Deepens

Polish Supreme Court Head Defies Ruling Party As Crisis Deepens

Polish Supreme Court Head Defies Ruling Party As Crisis Deepens

But Paweł Mucha, a presidential aide, said Gersdorf was "going into retirement in accordance with the law", which took effect at midnight on Tuesday, and insisted the supreme court was now "headed by Judge Józef Iwulski", who was chosen by the president.

Gersdorf is 65, the age at which judges are now required to retire, but a constitutional law expert said she met the conditions to remain in place until her six-year term has expired. "I am doing this to defend the rule of law and to mark the boundary between the constitution and the violation of the constitution", Gersdorf told demonstrators and reporters.

The protests come as Supreme Court First President Malgorzata Gersdorf is being forced to resign under the legislation that lowers the mandatory retirement age for justices from 70 to 65, a change that could force one in the court's every three judges out.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday: "Each EU state has the right to shape their legal system according to their own traditions", Politico.EU reported. "It's enough to destroy Poland", the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Walesa said on his Facebook account. The Polish government is already under pressure from the European Commission, facing the potential loss of voting rights, over changes to the judiciary.

Justice Gersdorf, following through on a vow she had made, showed up for work with other justices on Wednesday morning.

Earlier on Thursday, right-wing Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro also insisted that there was no doubt about the constitutionality of the retirement law and that Gersdorf was now a pensioner.

Seven of the Constitutional Court's 15 judges on Thursday signed a letter accusing the body's chief justice Julia Przylebska of "abnormalities" in appointing judicial panels and presiding judges in cases the court adjudicates.

A friend quoted anonymously by the Polish edition of Newsweek says that her dissident activity was limited as she did not want to risk spending time in a communist jail.

Demonstrations in support of Gersdorf and other defiant judges are due to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday around the court's offices in Warsaw.

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Previously on the square before the building of the Supreme court of Poland protests reached about 4 thousand citizens demanding the abolition of the reform.

The EU on Monday launched legal action against Poland over the Supreme Court reforms that critics have decried as unconstitutional.

Guy Verhofstadt, president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, said that putting judges under political control was reminiscent of Soviet practices and said Poland should abandon its "illiberal" illusions. Gersdorf did not, arguing that her term continues, but she is not expecting Duda to share that view.

The PiS government says European Union treaties do not give Brussels institutions the power to influence national matters such as the judiciary.

Under Article 7, the most serious punishment that could be inflicted would be the removal of Poland's voting rights in European Union institutions.

He also said he was ready to "lead a physical removal of the main perpetrator of all misfortune", referring to PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Yet she said she expects President Andrzej Duda to tell her to step down when they meet later in the day.

The European Commission, which polices compliance with EU laws, opened an infringement procedure Monday against Poland over the Supreme Court law.

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