Poland's government carried out a sweeping purge of the Supreme Court on Tuesday night, eroding the judiciary's independence, escalating a confrontation with the European Union over the rule of law and further dividing this nation.
Supreme Court spokesman Michal Laskowski said earlier Gersdorf "intends to remain in her post until April 30, 2020, in line with the provisions of the Polish Constitution".
The move comes a day before legislation takes effect that will force the early retirement of 27 of 72 justices of the Supreme Court, or more than a third of them.
"Each EU state has the right to shape their legal system according to their own traditions", Morawiecki told the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday.
On Tuesday evening the three biggest opposition parties had organized protests "In Defense of the Supreme Court" in Warsaw and other major cities.
The judge, who is also a professor at university, is 65 years old, new compulsory retirement age, according to reform of justice; The limit was before 70. An adviser to President Andrzej Duda also insisted that Gersdorf has no choice but to step down.
Crowds protest the forced retirement of the Supreme Court head and of some of its judges as part of a judicial overhaul before the Supreme Court building in Warsaw on Tuesday.
In an interview just days ago, the leader of the Supreme Court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, expressed deep concern about her country's direction.
Poland now has a month to respond, but if it does not reverse course, a future step would involve the Commission suing Poland at the EU Court of Justice.
The governing party's reform of the Supreme Court is the last major part of its judicial changes and it seems determined to see it through - even if the European Commission, the United Nations, the Council of Europe and USA and European legal associations don't agree with its assertion that the reforms meet normal European standards.
The legislation would "undermine the principle of judicial independence, including the irremovability of judges", it said in a statement.
Justice Gersdorf, who is 65, and more than a dozen others have refused to make such appeals, saying that the law itself was unconstitutional.
"The damage (from the new law) is very serious", Gersdorf said.
The picket was organized by the "Europe, Don't Let Go" coalition, including 150 civil movements and NGOs, among them: European Front, Bronisław Geremek Foundation, Stefan Batory Foundation, Committee for the Defence of Democracy, Citizens of Poland Movement, Citizens in Solidarity in Action, Polish Nationwide Women 's Strike, and Free Courts.
In December, Brussels triggered article seven proceedings against Poland over "systemic threats" to the rule of law.
Poland's ruling nationalists have carried out broad judicial reforms despite criticism by the opposition, the European Union, rights groups and global agencies that they undercut the rule of law in the largest ex-communist European Union state.