UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) —The head of the Polish Supreme Court went to work as usual despite being forced off the bench by a controversial new law.
Hundreds of people showed up to the support Chief Justice Malgorzata Gersdorf Wednesday, July 4. She says the law forcing her to retire violates the constitution, which allows her to stay on the job until 2020.
The legislation put into effect by the ruling right-wing Law And Justice Party, lowers the mandatory retirement age for justices from 70 to 65-years-old. This could force more than one-third of justices off the bench.
The Supreme Court overhaul gives the right-wing ruling party new powers over the courts.
Poland’s prime minister defended the new changes, saying, “Every EU country has the right to develop its judicial system according to its own traditions.”
Droves of supporters greeted Gersdorf at work shouting “constitution” and “we are with you.”