Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on Monday approved controversial legislation that regulates the Constitutional Tribunal, the nation’s highest court, and appealed for “truth” in debates that are also heard abroad. (AP)
“It’s hard for me to understand the situation we’ve had until now, in which, de facto (just) three judges could rule on the legal fate of legislation passed by the parliament elected by the people,” he said. (Reuters)
The amendment, passed through parliament and the senate over Christmas, requires the court to adopt rulings by a two-thirds majority with at least 13 judges present. Critics say the move will slow down the court and is intended to force it to include the five new judges, who are seen as close to PiS, or leave it unable to pass rulings.