Photographer's Note

Pegasus are 3.5 meters high and each weighs approx. 500 kg. They are surrounded by buildings such as the historic Krasiński Palace, the Warsaw Uprising monument, the IPN building and the Supreme Court. The authors are Beata and Paweł Konarscy,
In the background, the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court (Polish: Sąd Najwyższy) is the highest court in the Republic of Poland.
In 2017 the Polish government passed a law which would've forced all Supreme Court judges into mandatory retirement apart from those granted an extension by the Minister of Justice. The bill was passed in the Polish Sejm and the Senate however following mass protests against the bill it was ultimately vetoed by President Andrzej Duda on July 24, 2017. A revised bill reduced mandatory retirement age of judges from 70 to 65. The bill was later signed by President Duda and came into force in July 2018. The law effectively retires 40% of the Supreme Court bench including the First President of the Supreme Court, Malgorzata Gersdorf.
Opposition groups, the EU, the Supreme Court and the National Council of the Judiciary (2017) have claimed the law is unconstitutional because it violates the principles of the independence of the judiciary. In August 2018 the Supreme Court sent questions to the European Court of Justice regarding the reforms. Under European Union treaties the court can prevent the law from coming into force if it undermines EU treaties regarding judicial independence.

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