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The Latest: Polish Lawmakers Approve Law on Court Control

The Latest: Polish Lawmakers Approve Law on Court Control

Thursday, 20 July 2017 09:38 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland's parliamentary vote (all times local):

3 p.m.

Polish lawmakers have voted to approve a contentious law that gives control of the top court to politicians instead of judges.

Thursday's bill on the Supreme Court has drawn condemnation from the European Union and has led to street protests. Critics say it kills judicial independence and violates the rule of law.

Proposed by the ruling populist Law and Justice party it gives the nation's president the power to influence the court's work and to appoint its judges. It calls for the dismissal of the court's current judges, except those chosen by the president.

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12:30 p.m.

A Polish parliamentary commission has summarily rejected 1,300 opposition amendments to a bill reorganizing the nation's top court and has sent it back to lawmakers for a vote.

The Supreme Court bill, which has drawn condemnation from the European Union and has led to street protests, is expected to pass Thursday as the parliament is dominated by the ruling Law and Justice party.

Proposed by the populist party, it gives politicians control over Poland's Supreme Court, and critics say it kills judicial independence.

The European Commission has warned it could strip Poland of its European Union voting rights over the changes the government is making to the judiciary.

Public protests are planned for Thursday evening.

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