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Gersdorf is 65, the age at which judges are now required to retire, but a constitutional law expert said she met the conditions to remain in place until her six-year term has expired.

"I'm not engaging in politics; I'm doing this to defend the rule of law and to testify to the truth about the line between the constitution and the violation of the constitution", Gersdorf told reporters and supporters after re-emerging from the court. It is forcing the chief justice and as many as one-third of the court's 73 sitting judges to step down.

Deputy foreign minister Konrad Szymanski said Monday the government would respond "in detail" within 30 days and warned that the ECJ would face a "very hard task".

Campaigners at the International Bar Association (IBA) highlighted recent reports of intimidation and hate campaigns against judges led by the ruling Law and Justice party.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has defended the controversial judicial reforms at the European Parliament this morning, saying the overhaul was his government's right.

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We've seen what they're like, how they play and we will take that in over the next couple of days. Standing in their way are Sweden, who saw off Switzerland earlier on Tuesday.

Government leaders say they are trying to make the courts more democratic by making judges more accountable to voters.

In a debate dedicated to Europe's future, Morawiecki also got support from some who backed Warsaw's arguments that an overreaching European Union was meddling in a sovereign state's internal affairs.

According to a nationwide survey carried out last month by Ariadna pollsters, 44 percent of Poles believe the ruling PiS party's judicial reforms will increase political influence on the courts, while just 14 percent of respondents thought otherwise.

The European Commission opened a fresh legal case against Poland on Monday over the changes to the Supreme Court, which it says will further undermine judicial independence in the largest ex-communist member of the bloc.

Earlier on Tuesday she told law students at a lecture that there will be "a purge conducted in the Supreme Court tomorrow under the pretext of the retrospective change in retirement age".

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People holding constitution booklets demonstrate in support of Supreme Court judges in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, on July 3, 2018.

Poland's icon of democracy, Lech Walesa, has lent his backing to protesters, who oppose a judicial reform pushed through by the country's right-wing government.

"We contest the law, but we can not directly invoke the constitution, so we have complied with it", Michal Laskowski, a Supreme Court justice, told the liberal Gazeta Wyborcza daily.

The Polish government has insisted that its changes seek to reform a corrupt and inefficient system, with judges that date back to the Communist era.

Its executive European Commission launched another rule-of-law procedure this week against Poland.

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It also called for the government to "ensure that judges can exercise their judicial functions free from retaliatory action or other forms of pressure, including politically motivated disciplinary proceedings, harassment and intimidation".


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