Poland’s top judge Gersdorf vows to defy retirement rule

The head of Poland’s Supreme Court has vowed to defy a controversial new law forcing her and dozens of senior judges to retire early.

Chief Justice Prof Malgorzata Gersdorf was told she had to step down on Tuesday, in line with new legislation.

But a spokesman for the Supreme Court said she would go to work as normal on Wednesday.

Prof Gersdorf earlier branded the reforms, which require judges to retire at 65 instead of 70, a “purge”.

Under the new legislation, up to 40% of Supreme Court judges are expected to be forced out.

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