By GPF Staff
Poland’s judicial reforms, which the European Union has criticized, are causing problems at home too. Poland got rare front-page treatment in Western media on Wednesday when the head of Poland’s supreme court showed up to work even though controversial new judicial laws prohibited her from doing so. On Wednesday, she said she would go on vacation and left a hand-picked successor in charge. On Thursday, the situation remained unclear. The government insists its reforms are now in effect, while the Polish Bar Council said the justice in question will remain in her position until 2020 and Constitutional Tribunal judges, meanwhile, complain they have been kept from handling cases. It’s an embarrassing moment for Poland’s government, which continues to fight the EU over the domestic reforms, but the real question is whether there is enough backlash at home to force the government to reverse course.
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