India: High Court Launches IT Services To Address Litigants’ Grievances

The Indian justice system made a milestone on Sunday as the Punjab and Haryana High Courts launched information technology services under the guidance of chairman, Computer Committee, Justice Rajesh Bindal. The IT services were conceived in order to address the grievances of both litigants and lawyers. The IT services include E-Payment of High Court services, Android-based mobile application, online grievance and feedback system, surety information management system, infrastructure web application, crystal reports software, as well as e-notices.


India: Bombay Prevention Of Begging Act Is Unconstitutional, High Court Says

A High Court sitting in Delhi in a landmark judgement held that the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959 is unconstitutional in Delhi, on grounds that it violates Article 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution restoring the rights of persons who have no other means of sustenance but to seek alms. The Act prescribes a penalty of three years of detention for the first time “offenders” convicted for begging and can be ordered to be detained for 10 years for a subsequent “offense” of begging.


India: SIMI Students’ Death: Supreme Court Turns Down Prayer For Further Enquiries

The Indian Supreme Court has rejected a plea for further inquiries into the death of eight men of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in an encounter with Madhya Pradesh police following a jailbreak in October 2016. The judgment was delivered by a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha, and K M Joseph after taking note of the findings of a judicial commission of inquiry. The commission of inquiry had recommended that the use of force resulting in the death of the escaped persons was quite inevitable and quite reasonable under the prevailing circumstances.


India: High Court Upholds Life Imprisonment For a Killer Husband

A High Court sitting in Delhi has upheld the life sentence passed on a killer husband by a trial court for setting his wife ablaze for refusing to give him money to buy liquor, saying their three children had testified that he had killed her. The judgment was handed down to the man by a bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel. The justices said the testimonies of the children were sufficient to hold their father guilty of murdering their mother and it refused to interfere with the trial court’s decision.


India: Bakri Eid 2018: We’ll Be More Careful Granting Permission for animal slaughter, BMC tells Bombay High Court

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday told the Bombay High Court that henceforth, it will be more stringent while granting permission for animal slaughter online.  In an affidavit filed before a bench of justices AS Oka and RI Chagla, the civic body submitted that the idea of granting permissions online was a “well-intentioned” one and was meant to ease the process of applying for and securing permissions for animal slaughter this year.


India: Gowari Community: You Are Now an Independent Tribe, Bombay HC declares

A High Court sitting in Bombay has declared that the Gowari Community is now an independent tribe. The judgment by a bench headed by Justice Ravi Deshpande has brought good news for the Gowaris in Maharashtra and for the Dhangars – a community usually involved in cattle grazing. Just like the Gowaris, the Dhangars too has been struggling over decades to get themselves included in the reserved category and get benefits of the Scheduled Tribe (ST).


India: Teachers/Professors Cannot Pursue Full-Time Course While Teaching, Madras High Court Declared

A High Court sitting in Madras has declared that henceforth teachers or professors cannot pursue full-time courses without the knowledge of the institution they serve. Justice S Vaidyanathan gave this order while upholding the decision of the Controller of Examinations, who nullified all exams in which a woman faculty member of S A Polytechnic College appeared.


China: Chinese Tech Companies May Outpace Their Foreign Counterparts In Developing Blockchain Technology

Technology companies based in China may outpace their foreign counterparts in developing blockchain technology with the help of government moves to foster intellectual property protections, IP attorneys revealed this development. IP attorneys added that National and local authorities have been offering incentives such as subsidizing patent fees, rewards for filings, and tax credits to companies in order to protect blockchain intellectual property rights in anticipation of its growing importance. Also, Private Chinese companies want to gain ground in the burgeoning technology ahead of overseas competitors.


New Zealand: Nearly 900 complaints against judges in three years – judicial conduct report

A judicial conduct report has revealed that there are over 900 complaints against judges in three years in New Zealand. The numbers come as Judicial Conduct Commissioner Alan Ritchie this month released his annual report for the year ending July 31. The report showed that there were 223 complaints about individual judges in the past year, down from 314 the previous year. The grievances were for delays, discourtesy, incapacity, incompetence, and bias – with a related failure to consider recusal.


US: Senate Confirmation: Supreme Court nominee Could Make The Difference On Abort, Race, And Rape.

A Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could make a milestone in the US justice system If he wins confirmation to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh is touted to replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy, who occasionally sided with the court’s liberal wing. Kavanaugh particularly could shift the balance on cases involving abortion, capital punishment, racial discrimination and gay rights.


US: Trump Signs $716B Defense Policy Bill At Fort Drum

The United States President, Donald Trump, has signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named after Sen. John McCain christened “the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019.” The measure will boost military pay by the largest amount in nine years and replace aging equipment. According to state media, the Senate voted 87-10 to give final approval to the bill. The House passed it last week by a vote of 359-54.


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