Daniel Kelemen

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People enter the Supreme Court in Warsaw on Oct. 11 under a banner reading “Constitution.” (Alik Keplicz/AP)

On Friday, the European Union’s highest court ordered the Polish government to immediately halt its ongoing purge of Poland’s Supreme Court. The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ) ordered Polish authorities to suspend implementing its April 2018 “Law on the Supreme Court”; to reinstate all of the Supreme Court judges who were forced to retire under the law; and to refrain from any further attempt to replace them — including the Supreme Court’s chief justice.

Poland’s government claims the Law on the Supreme Court is simply part of a broader reform and reorganization of the national judiciary. However, critics have depicted it as a thinly disguised attempt to capture the Supreme Court, going against not only the Polish Constitution but also the principle of judicial independence enshrined in E.U.…  Seguir leyendo »