(From BBC News)
The head of Poland’s Supreme Court has arrived for work surrounded by hundreds of supporters, rejecting a controversial law forcing dozens of senior judges to retire early.
Chief Justice Malgorzata Gersdorf, 65, had been told to step down at midnight on Tuesday and a replacement was named.
She has branded the reforms, which require judges to retire at 65 instead of 70, a “purge”.
Poland’s prime minister defended his government’s drive to impose changes.
“Every EU country has the right to develop its judicial system according to its own traditions,” Mateusz Morawiecki said in a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday.
Up to 40% of Supreme Court judges are expected to be forced out, as part of changes which the government argues will help fight corruption and replace judges who date back to a communist era that collapsed in 1989.