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Israel: Parents May be Required to Provide Good Behavior Guarantee for Juvenile Offenders

(Nov. 18, 2015) On November 2, 2015, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Juveniles (Penalties and Treatment Methods) Law 5731-1971. The amendment authorizes the juvenile court to order that the parents of minors who have been convicted of crimes provide a guarantee of their minor child’s future good behavior or pay a […]

Germany: Judge Texting During Trial Created Appearance of Bias

(Sept. 10, 2015) On June 17, 2015, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) held that the private use of a cell phone by a judge during the questioning of a witness in the trial of a case created an appearance of impropriety and bias and thus constituted absolute grounds for appeal of the […]

Canada: Supreme Court Calls for Clear and Complete Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases

(July 21, 2015) On July 17, 2015, in the murder case of R. v. Rodgerson (2015 CSC 38, Judgements of the Supreme Court of Canada), the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal from the Court of Appeal for Ontario and found that the majority of the Court of Appeal judges had ruled correctly in […]

Italy: New Legislation Against Public Corruption and Organized Crime

(June 25, 2015) On June 14, 2015, new legislation fighting criminal conduct against the state, organized crime activities, and false accounting reporting entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 69 of May 6, 2015, Provisions on Crimes Against the Public Administration, Mafia-Type Associations and False Accounting, GAZETTA UFFICIALE No. 124 (May 30, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in […]

Egypt: Cairo Court of Appeal Sentences Former President Morsi to Death

(June 18, 2015) On June 16, 2015, the Criminal Chamber of the Cairo Court of Appeal found former President Mohamed Morsi guilty of a prison break for escaping from Wadi al-Natron prison on January 28, 2011. (Mahmoud Mourad & Omar Fahmy, Egypt Court Hands Morsi Death Sentence in Blow to Muslim Brotherhood, REUTERS (June 16, […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Affirms Pre-Trial Detention of Julian Assange

(June 15, 2015) On May 11, 2015, the Swedish Supreme Court affirmed the Appeals Court decision to continue to detain Julian Assange in absentia. (Press Release, The Supreme Court Affirms the Decision of the Court of Appeals for Pre-Trial Detention of Julian Assange (May 12, 2015), Högsta Domstolen[ Supreme Court] website; Case No. Ö 5880.14 […]

Egypt: Council of Ministers Approves New Amendment to Code of Criminal Procedure

(Feb. 25, 2015) On February 18, 2015, the Council of Ministers of Egypt approved a draft law issued by the country’s President to amend articles 277 and 289 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The newly amended articles are on the authority of the court to hear or exclude witnesses’ testimony during hearings. (Ahmed al […]

Morocco: Bill to Amend Counterterrorism Law

(Feb. 13, 2015) On January 26, 2015, the House of Deputies in Morocco approved a draft law that amends the country’s anti-terrorism law, with 102 votes for, none against, and 47 abstentions. The legislation amends certain provisions of the Penal Code and of the Code of Criminal Procedure to criminalize the act of joining a […]

Egypt: Criminal Court Sentences Political Activist to Life Imprisonment

(Feb. 11, 2015) The Criminal Court of Cairo, a chamber of the Cairo Court of Appeal, recently found political activist Ahmed Douma guilty of attacking police officers, vandalism, arson, and damaging public buildings. Douma was convicted of the additional charges of rioting, inciting violence, and burning the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology building […]

Egypt: Mass Trial Results in Death Sentences for 183 Defendants

(Feb. 5, 2015) The Felony Court of Giza, Egypt, headed by Judge Mohammed Naji Shehata, on February 2, 2015, in the case dubbed the “massacre of Kerdasa,” issued a death sentence against 183 defendants and a not-guilty verdict for two others. The Court also condemned a minor to a ten-year term of imprisonment and dropped […]