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Poles are demonstrating against legislation enacted by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that would lower the retirement age of Supreme Court justices, effectively forcing out all judges over the age of 65 and allowing the PiS to pack the court with its own, tame justices.That means judges cannot be removed by legislation – at least not constitutionally. Yet the new law enables Polish President Andrzej Duda to replace up to three-fifths of the Supreme Court's 93 justices, including the chief justice, in 2018 alone.Moreover, the government has added two new chambers to the court, expanding the number of justices to 120 . The situation today is no different: if the ECJ was going to block the PiS' judicial reforms, it should have done so months ago.This suggests that while Poles may not agree with the PiS' judicial reforms, they are not keen to risk much for free courts – or for liberal-democratic principles generally.
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