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China: Laws Amended to Allow Prosecutors to Bring Public Interest Lawsuits

(July 6, 2017) On June 27, 2017, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) issued a decision on amending the Civil Procedure Law and the Administrative Procedure Law, formally allowing Chinese procuratorates, which in general serve as the prosecutors in criminal cases, to bring public interest lawsuits. (Quanguo Renmin Daibiao Dahui Changwu Weiyuanhui Guanyu […]

Netherlands: Mandatory Digital Litigation Extended to Asylum and Detention Cases

(June 15, 2017) According to the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, beginning on June 12, 2017, a new system of simplified, digital litigation will be used for all asylum and detention cases handled by all courts in the Netherlands and, as of September 1, the new system will be required for claims cases requiring legal representation […]

Germany: Third Parties Have Legal Right to Anonymized Copy of Civil Decisions

(June 12, 2017) On April 5, 2017, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) held that civil courts must make anonymized copies of decisions available to third parties.  It added that the third party does not need to prove a legitimate interest, as is generally necessary to inspect court records.  The BGH decision was […]

Qatar: New Arbitration Law Passed

(June 5, 2017) On March 13, 2017, Qatar passed Law No. 2 of 2017 on rules of arbitration.  The new Law is based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law, which is designed to assist countries in reforming their domestic arbitration laws in the field of international commercial arbitration.  Law […]

Israel: Supreme Court Prohibits Third Party Appeal over Legitimacy of Divorce

(Apr. 28, 2017) On March 30, 2017, Israel’s Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, accepted an appeal against a Rabbinical Court of Appeals decision to review an appeal submitted by an unrelated third party against the legitimacy of a get (Jewish divorce document) recognized by the regional rabbinical court. (HJC 9261/16 Anonymous […]

Pakistan: Sindh Provincial Assembly Passes Law to Establish Commission for Protection of Minority Rights

(Dec. 19, 2016) In what Assembly-member Nand Kumar Goklani called “a victory for the entire province,” Pakistan’s Sindh Province Assembly has unanimously adopted a private bill to establish a commission to protect the rights of religious minorities.  (Sindhi Assembly Stamps Commission for Minorities, NATION (Nov. 18, 2016).)  The Sindh Minorities Rights Commission Bill, 2015, was […]

France: Justice Reforms Adopted

(Dec. 6, 2016) On October 12, 2016, the French Parliament adopted a law reforming various aspects of the French justice system. The President promulgated the law on November 18.  (Loi n° 2016-1547 du 18 novembre 2016 de modernisation de la justice du XXIe siècle (1) [Law No. 2016-1547 of 18 November 2016 to Modernize XXIst […]

Brazil: Too Many Appeals Slow Down the Judiciary, Says Federal Supreme Court President

(Nov. 29, 2016) On November 21, 2016, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, Minister Cármen Lúcia, decried the excessive use of appeals in Brazil, which she said is a main reason for delays in concluding legal proceedings.  Her remarks were given during the launch of National Conciliation Week in the city of Belo Horizonte, located […]

The Netherlands: Digitization of Legal System

(July 29, 2016) On July 12, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) adopted four pieces of legislation that will implement the digitization of the legal system in the Netherlands. The new provisions will be implemented in phases, beginning in early 2017.  (Senate Votes in Favour of Digitisation of Legal System, Ministry of Security and Justice website […]

Brazil: New Code of Civil Procedure Approved by Federal Senate

(Dec. 19, 2014) On December 17, 2014, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a new Code of Civil Procedure that will enter into force one year after it is signed by President Dilma Roussef. The current Code of Civil Procedure was enacted in 1973. (Código de Processo Civil, Lei No. 5.869, de 11 de Janeiro de […]