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Poland: Top judge turns up for work in defiance of new retirement law01:12

Poland: Top judge turns up for work in defiance of new retirement law

Poland, Warsaw
July 4, 2018 at 12:14 GMT -00:00 · Published

The head of the Polish Supreme Court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, arrived for work in Warsaw on Wednesday, in defiance of a new law introduced by the government that forces around 40 percent of the country’s 72 Supreme Court Justices into early retirement.

The law took effect on Tuesday and imposes a new retirement age for judges of 65. Those who wish to work beyond that age require presidential consent.

The 65-year-old Gersdorf was supported by scores of people who rallied in front of the court building. They chanted "constitution," sang the Polish national anthem and called on the government to revoke the law.

Protests were launched in several other cities around the country.

On Monday, the European Union announced it would establish legal proceedings against Poland, since they say the new law attempts to infringe on the country’s judicial independence.

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The head of the Polish Supreme Court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, arrived for work in Warsaw on Wednesday, in defiance of a new law introduced by the government that forces around 40 percent of the country’s 72 Supreme Court Justices into early retirement.

The law took effect on Tuesday and imposes a new retirement age for judges of 65. Those who wish to work beyond that age require presidential consent.

The 65-year-old Gersdorf was supported by scores of people who rallied in front of the court building. They chanted "constitution," sang the Polish national anthem and called on the government to revoke the law.

Protests were launched in several other cities around the country.

On Monday, the European Union announced it would establish legal proceedings against Poland, since they say the new law attempts to infringe on the country’s judicial independence.

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