Poland’s Top Judge Gersdorf Defies Retirement Law

(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.

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