Poland's newly appointed ombudsman has said that the contested disciplinary body of the country's Supreme Court should be suspended until a European Court's ruling is implemented.
The Polish government will analyse a European Commission (EC) request to present information on how Poland is implementing an EU top court ruling suspending the operation of the country's disciplinary regime for judges, the government spokesman has said.
The European Commission has given Poland until August 16 to adhere to an EU court ruling on the Disciplinary Chamber of the country’s Supreme Court, or face a financial penalty.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said fears that Poland may leave the European Union due to the growing conflict over the country's judiciary reforms are "political fantasy."
Poland's Constitutional Tribunal has ruled as unconstitutional the EU Treaty provisions on which the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) based interim measures that Poland must suspend the functioning of the Supreme Court's Disciplinary Chamber.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on Wednesday that Poland must "immediately suspend" laws related to the functioning of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court.
The Constitutional Tribunal adjourned in a case concerning the primacy of Poland's constitution over EU law after hearing sides to the dispute on Tuesday.
Poland's Supreme Court on Monday refrained from issuing a ruling on a highly controversial case of currency loans, and instead asked the country's central bank as well as the financial regulator and ombudsman for an opinion.
The offices of Poland's Supreme Auditing Board (NIK), Supreme Court and National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) had to be evacuated on Tuesday morning after bomb alarms in all three buildings.
The Disciplinary Chamber of Poland's Supreme Court is not a court but a group that tries to maintain Justice Minister Zbignew Ziobro's control over courts, and to intimidate Polish judges, the leader of Civic Platform, Poland’s biggest opposition party, said on Thursday.