Supreme Court judge Mr Justice John MacMenamin participates in the Thousand Scarlet Robes March at the weekend in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Getty

An Irish Supreme Court judge has described a demonstration of dozens European judges in Warsaw in defence of their Polish colleagues as a “humbling” e(...)

Mr Justice John MacMenamin in Warsaw for protest in support of Polish judges. Photograph: Omar Marques/Getty

European Judges are not used to being greeted with applause – at least, that is, until Saturday afternoon in Warsaw. Dressed in black pleated robes t(...)

File image of Poland’s first president of the supreme court Malgorzata Gersdorf walking next to supporters, in Warsaw. Photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Maciej Jazwiecki via Reuters

Sitting in Malgorzata Gersdorf’s office, deep inside Warsaw’s monumental supreme court complex, there are only two sounds: the tick of a grandfather c(...)

Supreme court president Malgorzata Gersdorf: According to Polish news portal Onet, members of an online WhatsApp group discussed ways to intimidate judges critical of the government’s reforms. Photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Maciej Jazwiecki

Poland’s supreme court president was targeted as part of a campaign, allegedly masterminded by the country’s justice ministry, to bully and discredit (...)

People hold the Polish constitution during a demonstration against the politicisation of the supreme court by the Polish government. Photograph:  Attila Husejnow/Sopa Images/LightRocket

In the last week, the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union has been preoccupied with its usual mix of commercial or economic cases:(...)

Protesters gather in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw during a rally  against  Supreme Court legislation in  July  2017. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

“Et nos servi autem legum et liberi esse possimus” (“We are slaves of the law so that we may be free”) Cicero’s injunction saw in the rule of law t(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke has expressed grave concern over legislative changes in Poland affecting the judiciary there. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish judges have expressed support for their counterparts in Poland who have been forced into early retirement by the government there. Under change(...)

Polish supreme court president Malgorzata Gersdorf walks to the court building, surrounded by supporters, in Warsaw on Wednesday. Photograph: Maciej Jazwiecki/Agencja Gazeta via Reuters

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki faced passionate attacks against Warsaw’s judicial reforms on Wednesday as a leading judge defied her forced (...)

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission on Monday opened a new legal front in its battle with Warsaw over the dilution of the rule of law in Poland by the ruling Law(...)