Law Library of Congress - Global Legal Monitor: Global Legal Monitor: Judiciary http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?home The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can search previous news by searching the archive. en-us Global Legal Monitor: Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Provincial Assembly Revises Law on "Jungle Justice" http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403771_text Human rights; Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403771_text Global Legal Monitor: Kazakhstan: New Sentences for Exercise of Religious Beliefs http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403706_text Judiciary; Church and state relations - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403706_text Global Legal Monitor: Burma: Proposal to Monitor Court Cases http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403700_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403700_text Global Legal Monitor: Pakistan: Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Establishes Mobile Courts http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403655_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403655_text Global Legal Monitor: International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: Six Former Croatian Leaders Convicted of Crimes Against Humanity http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403607_text Judiciary; Genocide; War crimes - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403607_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda; United Nations: Mobile Courts Program Launched http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403559_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403559_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Constitutional Amendment Creates Four New Federal Regional Tribunals http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403542_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403542_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Court of Appeals Reinstates the Former General Prosecutor http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403531_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403531_text Global Legal Monitor: Jordan: Constitutional Law Court Newly Established in Jordan http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403416_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403416_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: New Minister Appointed to Federal Supreme Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403393_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403393_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Supreme People's Court Releases New Guiding Cases http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403371_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403371_text Global Legal Monitor: Burma: Resignation of Constitutional Court Justices http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403323_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403323_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Railway Courts Integrated into National Court System http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403325_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403325_text Global Legal Monitor: Senegal: New Court to Try Former Chadian Leader http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403300_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403300_text Global Legal Monitor: Bahrain: Royal Decree Amends Provisions on Constitutional Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403294_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403294_text Global Legal Monitor: East African Community: EACJ to Establish Sub-Registry Offices in Member States http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403283_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403283_text Global Legal Monitor: Tunisia: Draft Law to Create Special Court for Crimes Related to the Revolution http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403250_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403250_text Global Legal Monitor: Turkey: Controversial Courts to Be Abolished http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403225_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403225_text Global Legal Monitor: Council of Europe; European Court of Human Rights: 47 Member States Adopt the Brighton Declaration http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403131_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403131_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: The Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice Have a New President http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403110_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403110_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Launches Central Database http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403103_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403103_text Global Legal Monitor: International Criminal Court: Prosecutor Declares It Lacks Jurisdiction to Determine Whether Palestine Is a State http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403091_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403091_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Elects New President http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403035_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403035_text Global Legal Monitor: Greece: Draft Bill on Fair and Speedy Trials http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402979_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402979_text Global Legal Monitor: Mexico: Convention on Use of Videoconferencing Approved http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402949_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402949_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Judiciary Under Attack http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402946_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402946_text Global Legal Monitor: Denmark: Psychologist Held in Contempt of Court in Torture Case http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402847_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402847_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Agreement Reached to Amend Constitutional Court Legislation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402718_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402718_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Assistance Units for Religious Courts http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402703_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402703_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Council Recommends Introduction of the European Case Law Identifier and a Minimum Set of Uniform Metadata for Case Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402675_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 17 May 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402675_text Global Legal Monitor: England and Wales: 400-Year-Old Expert Witness Immunity Abolished http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402597_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402597_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Circular on Suggestions for Improving Grassroots Courts Issued by Apex Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402562_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402562_text Global Legal Monitor: Turkey: Controversial Bill on High Court Reform Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402546_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402546_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: New Preliminary Procedure Proposed for Timelier Case Handling http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402538_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402538_text Global Legal Monitor: Portugal: Improvement of the Justice System http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402539_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402539_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Increased Authority for Execution of Judgments and Other Adjustments http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402525_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402525_text Global Legal Monitor: Mozambique: UN Human Rights Expert Calls for Independent Judiciary http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402422_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402422_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: Chief Justice Insists on Limited Application of International Court Rulings http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402410_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 08 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402410_text Global Legal Monitor: Lebanon: Chief Judge Makes Controversial Statement on Legality of Special Tribunal for Lebanon http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402359_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 08 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402359_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: Reform of the Constitutional Court Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402314_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402314_text Global Legal Monitor: Kenya; Zambia: Judiciaries Turn to Technology to Improve Efficiency http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402298_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 07 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402298_text Global Legal Monitor: England and Wales: Role of Magistrates' Court in Decline? http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402261_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402261_text Global Legal Monitor: Cambodia: Rules for Victim Participation, Reparations to Be Considered by Tribunal http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402245_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402245_text Global Legal Monitor: International Criminal Court; Kenya: Office to Open with Immunity for Staff, Property, and Witnesses http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402220_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 08 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402220_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Federal Procedural Laws Enacted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402189_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are:... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402189_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: Chief Justice Insists on Obligatory Role of Judicial Precedents http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402075_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402075_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: Names of All Persons Sentenced by Courts Will Be Published http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402063_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 21 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402063_text Global Legal Monitor: Cambodia; United Nations: Funds Sought for Genocide Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401942_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401942_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Appeals Tribunal Hears First Cases http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401909_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 08 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401909_text Global Legal Monitor: European Court of Human Rights: Members of Council of Europe Agree to Proceed in Further Reform of European Court of Human Rights http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401892_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE),... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401892_text Global Legal Monitor: Nepal: Fast-Track Courts Ordered for Cases Involving Women, Children http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401837_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401837_text Global Legal Monitor: African Union: Hybrid Court to Try Perpetrators of Darfur Crimes http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401655_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 06 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401655_text Global Legal Monitor: Rwanda: Supreme Court to Undertake Major Procedural Reforms http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401651_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 30 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401651_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: President Nominates 8th Justice for Federal Supreme Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401644_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401644_text Global Legal Monitor: United Kingdom: New Supreme Court Opens for Business http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401619_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 09 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401619_text Global Legal Monitor: Qatar: Constitutional Court Established http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401598_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 05 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401598_text Global Legal Monitor: United Kingdom: New Supreme Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401502_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401502_text Global Legal Monitor: Belarus: Work Experience Qualification for Judicial Experts Simplified http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401486_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 11 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401486_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Judicial Reforms Proposed to Improve Access to Legal System http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401473_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 05 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401473_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Legislature Downplays Corruption Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401418_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 08 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401418_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: New Tribunals to Handle Staff Complaints http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401382_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401382_text Global Legal Monitor: Sri Lanka: Courts to Be Restored in the North http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401380_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 25 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401380_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: Tighter Control of Court System Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401298_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 22 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401298_text Global Legal Monitor: India: Special Courts to Try Riot Cases http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401269_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 05 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401269_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Reform of the Judiciary http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401233_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401233_text Global Legal Monitor: Denmark: Special Court System for Terror Trials Considered http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401142_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401142_text Global Legal Monitor: European Court of Human Rights: Fiftieth Anniversary http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540985_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 05 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540985_text Global Legal Monitor: Bulgaria; European Union: Justice System Criticized http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540967_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 29 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540967_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Corruption Court Bill in Deliberations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540854_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 17 Dec 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540854_text Global Legal Monitor: Ecuador: High Court Judges Selected by Lottery http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540766_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 04 Nov 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540766_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Bill on Establishment of Financial Crimes Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540489_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Jul 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540489_text Global Legal Monitor: United Arab Emirates: Refusal to Appoint Non-Muslims to Judiciary http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540490_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Jul 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540490_text Global Legal Monitor: Mexico: Congress Passes Judicial Reform Bill http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540415_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 May 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540415_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: New President of Federal Supreme Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540343_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Apr 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540343_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Supreme People's Court 2008 Work Report Delivered http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540344_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Apr 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540344_text Global Legal Monitor: International Criminal Court; Madagascar: International Criminal Court Statute Ratified http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540345_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao On March 14, 2008, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, the instrument that establishes the International Criminal Court, with that court in The Hague. It will enter into force for the country... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Apr 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540345_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Contempt of Court Ordinance Approved http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540274_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao On March 14, 2008, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, the instrument that establishes the International Criminal Court, with that court in The Hague. It will enter into force for the country On March 3, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a draft law, the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008, which is intended to remove confusing provisions in existing law pertaining to the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Mar 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540274_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Supreme Court Stayed High Court Judgment http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540275_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao On March 14, 2008, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, the instrument that establishes the International Criminal Court, with that court in The Hague. It will enter into force for the country On March 3, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a draft law, the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008, which is intended to remove confusing provisions in existing law pertaining to the The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court allowed the caretaker government of Bangladesh to file an appeal against the High Court's February 6, 2008 judgment on the extortion trial of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Mar 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540275_text Global Legal Monitor: Armenia: Judicial Code Enters into Force http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540205_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao On March 14, 2008, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, the instrument that establishes the International Criminal Court, with that court in The Hague. It will enter into force for the country On March 3, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a draft law, the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008, which is intended to remove confusing provisions in existing law pertaining to the The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court allowed the caretaker government of Bangladesh to file an appeal against the High Court's February 6, 2008 judgment on the extortion trial of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and On January 1, 2008, the Judicial Code, which was passed by the Armenian legislature on April 28, 2007, entered into force. For the first time, a post-Soviet republic has adopted a legal act that includes all... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sat, 02 Feb 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540205_text Global Legal Monitor: Greece: Early Retirement and Removal of Judges from the Judiciary http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540206_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao On March 14, 2008, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, the instrument that establishes the International Criminal Court, with that court in The Hague. It will enter into force for the country On March 3, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a draft law, the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008, which is intended to remove confusing provisions in existing law pertaining to the The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court allowed the caretaker government of Bangladesh to file an appeal against the High Court's February 6, 2008 judgment on the extortion trial of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and On January 1, 2008, the Judicial Code, which was passed by the Armenian legislature on April 28, 2007, entered into force. For the first time, a post-Soviet republic has adopted a legal act that includes all Under the Greek Constitution, judges are appointed for life, with a mandatory retirement age of 65 for all judges up to the rank of Court of Appeals Judge or Court of Appeals Deputy Prosecutor. For those... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sat, 02 Feb 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540206_text Global Legal Monitor: Swaziland: Criminal Justice System http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540207_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao On March 14, 2008, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, the instrument that establishes the International Criminal Court, with that court in The Hague. It will enter into force for the country On March 3, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a draft law, the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008, which is intended to remove confusing provisions in existing law pertaining to the The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court allowed the caretaker government of Bangladesh to file an appeal against the High Court's February 6, 2008 judgment on the extortion trial of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and On January 1, 2008, the Judicial Code, which was passed by the Armenian legislature on April 28, 2007, entered into force. For the first time, a post-Soviet republic has adopted a legal act that includes all Under the Greek Constitution, judges are appointed for life, with a mandatory retirement age of 65 for all judges up to the rank of Court of Appeals Judge or Court of Appeals Deputy Prosecutor. For those Seven months after his appointment as Chief Justice of Swaziland, Richard Banda acknowledged the existence of "too much corruption" in the country's judiciary. Speaking about the setbacks experienced in the year 2007, he disclosed that serious... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sat, 02 Feb 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540207_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Lawyers' Fury Scares Judges http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054011_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao On March 14, 2008, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, the instrument that establishes the International Criminal Court, with that court in The Hague. It will enter into force for the country On March 3, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a draft law, the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008, which is intended to remove confusing provisions in existing law pertaining to the The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court allowed the caretaker government of Bangladesh to file an appeal against the High Court's February 6, 2008 judgment on the extortion trial of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and On January 1, 2008, the Judicial Code, which was passed by the Armenian legislature on April 28, 2007, entered into force. For the first time, a post-Soviet republic has adopted a legal act that includes all Under the Greek Constitution, judges are appointed for life, with a mandatory retirement age of 65 for all judges up to the rank of Court of Appeals Judge or Court of Appeals Deputy Prosecutor. For those Seven months after his appointment as Chief Justice of Swaziland, Richard Banda acknowledged the existence of "too much corruption" in the country's judiciary. Speaking about the setbacks experienced in the year 2007, he disclosed that serious On November 30, 2006, irate members of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar stormed the courtroom of the Chief Justice of Bangladesh to protest his issuance of an order staying the proceedings of three politically sensitive writ... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Jan 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054011_text Global Legal Monitor: Pakistan: Order Curtails Supreme Court Powers http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054012_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao On March 14, 2008, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, the instrument that establishes the International Criminal Court, with that court in The Hague. It will enter into force for the country On March 3, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a draft law, the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008, which is intended to remove confusing provisions in existing law pertaining to the The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court allowed the caretaker government of Bangladesh to file an appeal against the High Court's February 6, 2008 judgment on the extortion trial of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and On January 1, 2008, the Judicial Code, which was passed by the Armenian legislature on April 28, 2007, entered into force. For the first time, a post-Soviet republic has adopted a legal act that includes all Under the Greek Constitution, judges are appointed for life, with a mandatory retirement age of 65 for all judges up to the rank of Court of Appeals Judge or Court of Appeals Deputy Prosecutor. For those Seven months after his appointment as Chief Justice of Swaziland, Richard Banda acknowledged the existence of "too much corruption" in the country's judiciary. Speaking about the setbacks experienced in the year 2007, he disclosed that serious On November 30, 2006, irate members of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar stormed the courtroom of the Chief Justice of Bangladesh to protest his issuance of an order staying the proceedings of three politically sensitive writ On December 4, 2007, the Supreme Court of Pakistan refused to entertain a petition against amendments made to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance (PEMRA), on the grounds that the scope of article 184(3) of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Jan 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054012_text Global Legal Monitor: Austria: Proving Foreign Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540136_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao On March 14, 2008, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, the instrument that establishes the International Criminal Court, with that court in The Hague. It will enter into force for the country On March 3, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a draft law, the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008, which is intended to remove confusing provisions in existing law pertaining to the The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court allowed the caretaker government of Bangladesh to file an appeal against the High Court's February 6, 2008 judgment on the extortion trial of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and On January 1, 2008, the Judicial Code, which was passed by the Armenian legislature on April 28, 2007, entered into force. For the first time, a post-Soviet republic has adopted a legal act that includes all Under the Greek Constitution, judges are appointed for life, with a mandatory retirement age of 65 for all judges up to the rank of Court of Appeals Judge or Court of Appeals Deputy Prosecutor. For those Seven months after his appointment as Chief Justice of Swaziland, Richard Banda acknowledged the existence of "too much corruption" in the country's judiciary. Speaking about the setbacks experienced in the year 2007, he disclosed that serious On November 30, 2006, irate members of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar stormed the courtroom of the Chief Justice of Bangladesh to protest his issuance of an order staying the proceedings of three politically sensitive writ On December 4, 2007, the Supreme Court of Pakistan refused to entertain a petition against amendments made to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance (PEMRA), on the grounds that the scope of article 184(3) of In a recent decision, the Austrian Administrative Courts reiterated that the parties in administrative proceedings may have an obligation to prove foreign law, if finding the foreign law would be burdensome for the deciding Austrian agency.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 Nov 2007 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540136_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Law of Civil Procedure Amended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540137_text Judiciary - On November 20, 2013, the legislative assembly in Sud-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted to revise the law of the province in order to end the practice of "jungle justice." The Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last Thura Aung Ko, a legislator in Burma's (Myanmar's) parliament, announced on September 7, 2013, that legislation will be drafted to create groups to monitor judicial proceedings. The purpose, according to Aung Ko, is to end corruption On July 28, 2013, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan inaugurated the establishment of mobile courts in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to hear civil and criminal disputes. According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of ";crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country's government, the United Nations High Commissioner On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais Federais - TRFs) in the country. The tribunals must be On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open by Minister Cesar Peluso, who retired as required by law On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to courts at all levels in the country for judges to The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote to impeach them taken that day by the Lower House By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) statement posted on July 30, 2012, on its official website. On August 22, 2012, the African Union and Senegal concluded an agreement on a special tribunal to try Hissandegrave;ne Habr;, the former leader of Chad. The tribunal will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and will consider On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court On August 7, 2012, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) announced plans to set up sub-registry offices in each of the countries of the East African Community, starting with Rwanda. (East African Court On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. On June 27, 2012, it was reported that Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to propose reform of the court system, including abolition of the special authority courts now used to On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the "Brighton Declaration," aimed On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. Minister Britto will also preside over the National Council of st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice, Minister Cezar Peluso, On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will have a new president. On March 14, 2012, Minister Ayres On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took place in the city of Rio Claro, in the State On October 6, 2011, a retired military psychologist refused to break client confidentiality in a case in Copenhagen's Eastern High Court and was charged with contempt of court. The court will determine whether she will be On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that governs the Constitutional Court. (Anita Rachman andamp; Ulma Haryanto, On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Religious Courts (Assistance Units) Law, 5771-2011. The Law authorizes the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Welfare and Social Services to establish by decree "assistance On April 29, 2011, the Council of the European Union, within the framework of its multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan of 2009-2012, adopted its conclusions on the introduction of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of breach of duty in contract or negligence. This law was China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a circular on February 15, 2011, calling upon courts at the grassroots level to handle cases more efficiently to reduce the number of appeals, given the increasing number of lawsuits Turkey's Parliament passed a controversial judicial reform bill on February 9, 2011. Under the Law on the Amendment of Certain Laws, the highest level of the judiciary will be restructured. The Court of Appeals (Court of On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in June of 2011, Mozambique needs to intensify its efforts to The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and related offenses. On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all On April 19, 2010, United Nations Under Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, the U.N. Legal Counsel, called for donors to contribute funds to support the genocide tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the forefront issue of a conference held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on February 10, 2010, by ministers from 27 members of the Council of Europe (COE), On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities It was reported on October 29, 2009, that the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council summit endorsed the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD)'s proposal for the creation of a special court to try the perpetrators It was reported on October 26, 2009, that the Rwandan Ministry of Justice proposed a bill to the Parliament on what type of cases may be brought before the country's Supreme Court. During the presentation, Tharcise On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito. Toffoli is The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary On September 27, 2009, Qatar's Constitutional Court began its work. Originally it was to begin functioning on October 1, 2008; administrative problems delayed the start date. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning constitutional interpretations and is The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a "judicial expert" by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. On June 22, 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the swearing in of judges for two new tribunals. Ban's hope that the new system will boost accountability will be tested when the tribunals begin The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of On May 8, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed an amendment to the Federal Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to change the procedure for selection of the country's Chief Justice and Five special fast-track courts will be set up to try cases resulting from riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. The events had resulted in numerous deaths estimates range from 1,000 to 2,500 On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva launched the Second Republican Pact, which includes a proposal to A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), located in Strasbourg, France, reaches a milestone this year, as it celebrates fifty years since its establishment in 1959. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Although Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has been placed under a strict monitoring regime by the EU, with particular emphasis on the operation of the judiciary. Aid from the EU to the Bulgarian Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent It was reported on May 12, 2008, that Nigeria's Senate would approve the establishment of a special court for financial crimes, through the enactment of the "Financial Crimes Court 2008" bill. According to Senator Simeon Oduoye, On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao On March 14, 2008, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, the instrument that establishes the International Criminal Court, with that court in The Hague. It will enter into force for the country On March 3, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a draft law, the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008, which is intended to remove confusing provisions in existing law pertaining to the The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court allowed the caretaker government of Bangladesh to file an appeal against the High Court's February 6, 2008 judgment on the extortion trial of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and On January 1, 2008, the Judicial Code, which was passed by the Armenian legislature on April 28, 2007, entered into force. For the first time, a post-Soviet republic has adopted a legal act that includes all Under the Greek Constitution, judges are appointed for life, with a mandatory retirement age of 65 for all judges up to the rank of Court of Appeals Judge or Court of Appeals Deputy Prosecutor. For those Seven months after his appointment as Chief Justice of Swaziland, Richard Banda acknowledged the existence of "too much corruption" in the country's judiciary. Speaking about the setbacks experienced in the year 2007, he disclosed that serious On November 30, 2006, irate members of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar stormed the courtroom of the Chief Justice of Bangladesh to protest his issuance of an order staying the proceedings of three politically sensitive writ On December 4, 2007, the Supreme Court of Pakistan refused to entertain a petition against amendments made to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance (PEMRA), on the grounds that the scope of article 184(3) of In a recent decision, the Austrian Administrative Courts reiterated that the parties in administrative proceedings may have an obligation to prove foreign law, if finding the foreign law would be burdensome for the deciding Austrian agency. On October 28, 2007, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress passed amendments to China's Law of Civil Procedure, the first revision of the law since its adoption in 1991. Two of the key changes... 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