Polish Constitutional Court Strikes Down New Rules on Court

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Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled Wednesday that new rules introduced by the new government to regulate how the court functions are unconstitutional.

The ruling deepens a legal crisis that has upended politics in Poland and brought sharp condemnation from European and U.S. authorities.

While it bolsters the moral position of government critics alarmed at what they see as an attack on democracy, the judgment is nonetheless powerless to resolve the crisis because the conservative government of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo says it won’t treat it as valid.

Szydlo’s government says it will also dismiss a separate judgment expected Friday by the Venice Commission, an expert body with the Council of Europe human rights group, which has analyzed the changes to the court.

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