Poland must immediately suspend the application of the provisions of national legislation relating to the lowering of the retirement age for Supreme Court judges

On 2 October 2018 the Commission brought an action for failure to fulfil obligations before the Court of Justice.

The Commission argues that (i)  by lowering the retirement age and applying that new retirement age to judges appointed to the Supreme Court up until 3 April 2018 and (ii) granting the President of the Republic of Poland the discretion to extend the active judicial service of Supreme Court judges, Poland has infringed EU law.

On 3 April 2018 the new Polish Law on the Supreme Court (‘the Law on the Supreme Court’) entered into force. Under that Law, the retirement age for Supreme Court judges has been lowered to 65.

The new age limit applies as from the date of entry into force of that Law, including with regard to judges of that court appointed before that date. It is possible for Supreme Court judges to continue in active judicial service beyond the age of 65 but this is subject to the submission of a statement indicating the desire of the judge concerned to continue to perform his duties and a certificate stating that his state of health allows him to serve and must be consented to by the President of the Republic of Poland.

In giving that consent, the President of the Republic of Poland would not be bound by any criterion and his decision would not be subject to any form of judicial review.

The Court grants the Commission’s request for interim measures.

Vide the  Decision in French