Ruling PiS questions legitimacy of Supreme Court head
March 6, 2017
The governing party Law and Justice (PiS) wants the Constitutional Tribunal to rule whether the selection of Prof. Malgorzata Gersdorf as the Supreme Court chief justice back in 2014 was constitutional.
A motion to the tribunal was submitted by agroup of 50 PiS MPs and presented by one of them, Arkadiusz Mularczyk, on Thursday.
The regulations questioned by PiS are valid and the motion is an attempt to block the Supreme Court before it decides on the legality of the appointment of Julia Przylebska as Constitutional Tribunal President, a former head of the Tribunal, Prof. Andrzej Zoll said.
Ruling those regulations invalid would annul Supreme Court decisions passed in the past 15 years, the court's spokesperson Zbigniew Laskowski said.
Gersdorf has been a Supreme Court judge since 2008, when she was nominated by the late President Lech Kaczynski. She has been critical of PiS reforms of the Constitutional Court reform introduced by PiS last year.
Jan Grabiec, a spokesman for the main opposition Civic Platform (PO) party said the move was aimed at “getting rid of an independent chief justice and replace her with someone politically dependent on the decisions of PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski”.