POLISH SUPREME COURT JUDGES REINSTATED TO THEIR DUTIES AFTER A SHORT BREAK




Mustafa AY – TDO – 24.10.2018 In July, Poland’s conservative ruling party –Law and Justice- adopted the controversial judicial reform that reduces the retirement age of Supreme Court Judges from 70 to 65. Following the implementation of the reform, EU strictly objected the statutory amendment at the pretext of that it violates the principle of judicial independence. However, Warsaw withstood the pressures of EU Court of Justice and took the reform into force.

In the wake of the statutory amendment, 20 Polish Supreme Court judges were coerced to retire from their position. However, EU Court of Justice issued a non-binding ruling that orders Warsaw to reinstate the retired judges. On Monday, Warsaw complied to the order and 6 of 20 judges returned to their duties.