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Poland Rushes Supreme Court Nominations to Get a Jump on EU

  • Judicial Council seeks to fill top court vacancies this month
  • EU may take Poland to top tribunal in September over revamp
Supreme Court building in Warsaw, Poland.
Supreme Court building in Warsaw, Poland.Photographer: NurPhoto/NurPhoto
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Poland’s Judicial Council nominated a dozen candidates to the Supreme Court, defying challenges from the European Union over changes in the judiciary and intensifying a dispute that may bring penalties against the bloc’s biggest eastern member.

The council is racing to fill vacancies at the top court and replace its president, Malgorzata Gersdorf, after the ruling Law & Justice party passed a bill to force her and almost 30 other judges out by lowering the retirement age. The Supreme Court itself has denounced the legislation and called on the government to halt the process pending a ruling by the EU’s highest tribunal as to whether it is lawful. The EU says it breaches the bloc’s norms.