Poland Names New Acting Supreme Court Chief
Umer Jamshaid 13 days ago Wed 12th September 2018 | 03:51 AM
Warsaw, Sept 11 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 12th Sep, 2018 ) :Poland's presidency on Tuesday named a new acting head of the Supreme Court as Warsaw presses ahead with an overhaul of its judiciary that critics, including the EU, say undermines the rule of law in the ex-communist state.
Among the reforms is a reduction in the retirement age for judges from 70 to 65.
She has refused to step aside, insisting that, under the constitution, her term runs until 2020.
Ignoring her objections, President Andrzej Duda's office on Tuesday named Dariusz Zawistowski as the court's new acting chief.
The outgoing judges were given the option of asking the president to prolong their terms and Duda's office said on Tuesday that five could indeed stay on.
But Duda's office responded by saying the suspension had no legal basis.
The reforms have put the PiS, which came into power in late 2015, at loggerheads with Brussels, which triggered Article Seven proceedings against the country in December in a move that could eventually see Warsaw's EU voting rights suspended.