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“Her forced departure — and that of up to two dozen colleagues — was nothing less than a “purge”, Mrs Gersdorf said — a word that seemed to hark back to Poland’s days as a Soviet satellite. An era of judicial independence in the country was ending, she warned in a blistering attack heard far ..

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“Protesters gathered again at night in Warsaw and in another cities, with Lech Walesa, the legendary pro-democracy activist and Solidarity leader of the 1980s, addressing the cheering crowd in front of the Supreme Court building. “He who breaks the constitution and the division of powers is a criminal, they are criminals,” he said. “We must ..

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The crisis over judicial independence in Poland took a new turn on Thursday, when nearly half the judges on the country’s other top court, the Constitutional Tribunal, said its workings had become politicized and dysfunctional, casting into doubt the validity of crucial rulings it had made over the last two years. Read..

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Poland’s government carried out a sweeping purge of the Supreme Court on Tuesday night, eroding the judiciary’s independence, escalating a confrontation with the European Union over the rule of law and further dividing this nation. Tens of thousands took to the streets in protest. Poland was once a beacon for countries struggling to escape the ..

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“First Poland’s governing party labeled her and her fellow judges communists and obstructionists. Next it took control of the Constitutional Tribunal, which reviews the constitutionality of legislation. Then it co-opted the body responsible for selecting new judges. This week, it is forcing her to step down as Poland’s top Supreme Court judge. Read..

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The head of the Polish supreme court, Małgorzata Gersdorf, has turned up for work in defiance of a retirement law that would force her to step down immediately. The ruling was pushed through by the country’s rightwing government, but was criticised by the EU for undermining judicial independence. Holding a white rose and flanked by ..

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“Combined with legislation giving Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) control of the body that appoints Polish judges, the dismissals would give the government effective control of the supreme court. In addition to serving as the country’s highest court of appeal in all civil and criminal cases, the court is also responsible for verifying ..

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“Poland’s Law and Justice party has instituted unprecedented changes to the country’s legal system, undermining rule of law and separation of powers. The brief details the changes that took place and addresses the dilemma that the EU faces.” https://freedomhouse.org/report/special-reports/hostile-takeover-how-law-and-justice-captured-polan..

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