Legal News Shots- Today’s Best Picks From Around The World

Legal News Shots- Today's Best Picks From Around The World
Legal News Shots- Today's Best Picks From Around The World

INDIA- Law minister says that it’s time to set up India’s Judicial Services

The law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a statement that more than 5000 positions of judicial officers in district and subordinate courts are vacant. He stressed the need for setting up all India Judicial services. The sanctioned strength of the judicial officers in district and subordinate courts was 22,644 as on September 30, 2018.This was the information given by the high Courts and the respective state governments .The minister said that time has come for setting up all India judicial services and the examinations can be conducted by the UPSC. The minister wrote to all chief Justices of high court to monitor the status of vacancies regularly and to ensure proper coordination with the public service commission to fill up vacant posts.


USA-New Law Signed Reinforces US Commitment To Indo-Pacific Strategy

US President Donald Trump has signed into law a legislation that reinforces US commitment to its evolving strategy for Indo-Pacific to deal with China. The law recalls, reaffirms and endorses ongoing India-US cooperation. It calls for strengthening, and widening of diplomatic, economic and security ties between India and US. The law acknowledged the importance of Cooperation with India in the context of wider US engagement with ASEAN along with European Union, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and Taiwan.


INDIA-Two Women Enter Hindus Pilgrimage Site Sabarimala Leading To Protests

The opposition Congress Party activists burn an effigy of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on a reaction to reports of two women of menstruating age entering Sabarimala temple which is one of the world`s largest Hindu Pilgrimage sites. The pilgrimage site had been forbidden to females between ages of 10 and 50. Police officers were forced to use tear gases to disperse stone throwing protesters. The two women however entered the site and worshipped there.


INDIA- Aadhaar Amendment Bill Passed In Lok Sabha

Aadhaar and other Laws (amendment) Bill, 2018 has been passed in Lok Sabha. The Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who introduced the Aadhaar and other laws(amendment) Bill,2018, in a statement said that it was not in violation of the supreme court judgment and rejected the opposition`s concern over privacy. The law was introduced despite opposition by Trinamool Congress (TMC).The law minister also said that it is not mandatory for all to give Aadhaar details for authentication or KYC. He said that Aadhaar is a robust and successful process.


INDIA-Kochhar Appoints Robert Sliwinski As The Senior Partner

Kochhar has appointed Robert Sliwinski as the senior partner in its dispute resolution practice in Dubai office. Swiwinski is a barrister, chartered arbitrator and quantity` surveyor, and has more than 35years experience in representing clients across geographies and industry sectors. Sliwinski has specialized in the fields of construction, engineering and infrastructure. He will play various roles in the office that includes representing parties as well as undertaking appointments as the arbitrator, adjudicator, expert determiner and dispute board member.


INDIA-ICSI CS Foundation Has Released The Timetable For 2019

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has released the exam schedule for the foundation, executive and professional exam on ICSI official The examinations will be held from June 1 to June, 2019.Candidates can obtain the timetable and syllabus from ICSI official website. ICSI new syllabus consists of eight topics such as jurisprudence, interpretation of general laws, company law, setting up of business entities and closure, tax laws, corporate and management accounting, securities laws and capital markets, economic, business and commercial laws and financial and strategic management

INDIA-India`s Banking Woes Likely To End In 2019

India`s banking woes may come to an end this year. The pitch is ready for long innings, although there could be occasional bouncers either from the government in an election year to win votes, or financial calamity from shores far away. Both the regulatory and the realization among banks that prudence pays would ensure that excesses in Indian financial world is limited. The resolution of corporate stressed assets might accelerate following the efforts to declog the system. The signs of slowing down of bad loans formation would become prominent. The reserve Bank of India in its latest Financial Stability Report acknowledged that gross bad loans would slide in fiscal 2019 since 2015.

INDIA-VVIP Case Was An Attempt To Corner Congress Leaders Before Election-Says Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena charged that the claims of alleged middle man Christian Michel case was an attempt to corner congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha Polls. The Sena and ally of the BJP at the center and in Maharashtra further alleged the government machinery was being misused to nail political opponents. Delhi Court while hearing VVIP chopper case had last week imposed restrictions on Michel meeting his lawyers in the enforcement Directorate`s custody. This was after the agency said that he was misusing legal access by passing chits to the advocate asking them how to tackle questions on `Mrs. Gandhi.`

INDIA-Supreme Court Says That Consensual Sex Of Live-in Partners Is Not Rape If The Man Fails To Marry

Rape charge cannot be invoked in case of consensual sex between live-in partners after relationship ends and the man fails to enter into marriage due to circumstances beyond his control. The Supreme Court led by Justice AK Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer said that when live-partners are living together out of love and having consensual sex under the promise of marriage, then the woman cannot be allowed to initiate criminal proceedings for rape in case of breakdown of relationship without marrying.
It is said that such cases could be termed as a case of breach of promise rather than a case of false promise to marry.

INDIA- Reflection On Delhi Court- Legal Corporate Cases In 2018

Delhi high court had a beehive of activity in 2018 while handling corporate legal cases that were presented by companies from various sectors such as Telecom, aviation, banking and agro. The Pharma sector also witnessed an ugly legal fight between former promoters of healthcare major Ranbaxy –Malvinder and Shivinder Signh-and Japanese company Daiichi Sankyo. The high court took tough standards, ranging from freezing of bank accounts and partial payment of arbitration award of Rs 3500 Crore. The HC dismissed Monsanto`s plea to enforce India the Patent for its BT cotton seeds, a genetically modified variant which resists bollworms.

INDIA-Sajjan Kumar Seeks To Appeal Delhi High court Verdict At The Supreme Court

Sajjan Kumar together with his legal team has challenged the verdict of Delhi high court and now wants to move to the Supreme Court. Anil Kumar Sharma, who is representing Sajjan said that they need some time to interpret the judgment as the case did not have conclusive evidence. Sajjan was accused of conspiracy to commit murder in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The central Bureau of investigation had challenged trial court`s acquittal of Sajajn. At least 3,000 people had been killed when the mobs led by congress leaders targeted Sikhs after assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh Bodyguards.

INDIA-HC Doubles Accident Claim Of A Widow

Bombay High Court has doubled the accident claim of a widow who had lost her husband to a car accident 12 years back, after the `contributory negligence` finding of the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal. A bench of Justices KK Tated and NJ Jamadar in a judgment last month said that the tribunal`s heavy reliance on the site map of the accident to hold the deceased equally responsible for the accident was erroneous. The bench then ordered that Anjali Singh Chaundhary, be paid an additional Rs 68Lakh.The high court however, relied on the police`s case against the tempo driver, and certain Supreme court judgments to negate the MACT`S findings.

INDIA-Bombay High Court Imposes Fine Of Rs. 1.5 Lakhs To DCIT For Refusing To Grant Refund

Bombay High Court has imposed a fine of 1.50 lakhs on the Deputy Commissioner of income tax to pay a cost of Rs.1.5 Lakhs for failing to give a refund and raising a wrong demand. The officer however had denied the refund tax to the petitioner claiming that the demand of Rs 62, 00,000 and Rs 90, 92528 is pending against them. The petitioner went to the Court and said that he was consistently and continuously demanded for the records and documents of the office. Justice Collabawalla and Justice S C Dharmadhikari directed the department to grant the refund determined for the assessment years 1993-1994 and 1995-1996 together with the applicable interest.

INDIA- High Court Suspends Ban On Online Sale Of Medicines

Madras high court gave an order to Online Pharmacies to sell drugs and cosmetics, staying an earlier order. The two member bench of the court said that the earlier direction to the central government to notify the rules governing online sale of drugs before January 31 continues. Tamil Nadu chemists and Druggists Association had filed a case against the sale of drugs online companies. The committee said that online purchases may be convenient, but there exists the risk of unlicensed online outlets selling fake, expired and unapproved medicines.

INDIA- High Court Has Given Out A Recommendation For Syllabus Uniform To Be Made Across The Country

The bench on Madras high court gave out a suggestion to the government to make syllabus uniform across the country based on recommendations by an expert committee appointed by the court to look into the mental health of the students. Justice S Vimala and Justice T Krishnavalli made the observations and expressed the hope that the government would look into the suggestions and recommendations and possibly implement it. The court further said that, a centralized digital database should be set up with online study materials and with details of jobs available in government and private sectors.

INDIA- Gujarat Gives Out A Directive To The Central Government To Offer Guidelines On Urban-Poor

The Gujarat High Court has given out a directive to the central government to provide guidelines and parameters to the state government to ascertain who will be categorized as urban poor living below the poverty line. Acting Chief Justice A S Dave and Justice J B Paridawala ordered last week for providing the details of criteria for the purpose. The state government before the HC submitted that it had written to the center in September 2015 to give instructions for identification of the urban poor. The guidelines would help crystalize the list of urban poor so that benefits of various schemes can be extended to them. Upon the HC `s query the center promised that it would soon provide the guidelines for identification of people in the BPL category from urban area.

INDIA- Cyclists And Road Experts Say That Yellow Lines Are Not Enough In The Road Marking Process

In the ongoing process of construction of cycle tracks throughout Chandigarh, engineering department has marked them with just yellow line. Cyclists say that merely yellow lines on the red strips on both sides of the road are not enough. Road safety expert Harman Sidhu said that authorities should divide the main road and cycle track with road barriers and dividers. Chandigarh administration is in the process of constructing 99km-long cycle track throughout the city for the last 3months.The construction was sped up after an interference by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had taken a notice of the damaged and out of use cycle tracks in July last year.

USA- Trump Solicited For Help From Russia During His Campaign. Prosecutors Want Him Charged

President Donald Trump conspired with his ex-fixer, Michael Cohen so as to commit campaign finance crimes involving hush money payments to two women. This is a report from prosecutors who triggered a motion claiming that the president Trump violated the state prohibition on seeking help from foreign country to influence an election. Trump on July 27, 2016, was heard calling on Russia to find presidential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton`s missing emails. Trump had earlier on been warned against soliciting support from foreign interests. Despite all this claims, Justice Department says that Trump cannot be indicted. However his campaign and business could be charged.

CANADA- Experts Caution Canada To Check On Anti Foreign Investment Rules

Canada`s FDI performance has been a concern since last march, when statistics Canada numbers showed 2017 FDI in Canada fell to its lowest point since 2010.The lack of its competitiveness has been corroborated by the experience of a major Canadian law firm specializing in international trade and investment. Her shortcomings in attracting foreign direct investment FDI are gaining a reputation in the international markets and experts have revealed that the main cause of this is the anti-FDI attitude that has bled into current regulations.

UK- Law Governing Public Porn Introduced

Those engaging in public sex acts risk falling foul of the common law offence of outraging public decency. In England and wales, it’s an offence to engage in behavior that is lewd, obscene or disgusting. The public order act 1986 makes it an offence to engage in disorderly behavior within the hearing or sight of a person who is likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. Porn hub statistics point out that people prefer viewing porn on portable gadgets. The committee has however recommended that WIFI on public transport should block access to pornography and it should also be prohibited through individual internet connections.

IRAN-Society Asks The Judiciary To Release Iranian Lawyer

The law society of England and Wales has for the third time called for the release of Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. The lawyer who is 55years old, was detained in June 2018 after agreeing to defend women arrested for demonstrating against Iran`s Hijab laws. The letter sent to the head of the country`s judiciary calls for the immediate release of the lawyer, withdrawal of all charges and an end to all forms of harassment against her. The letter further states that the country should guarantee in all circumstances that all lawyers in Iran enjoy and carry out their legitimate professional rights and duties without fear of reprisals.

SYDNEY-Law Firm Coutts And Conveyancers Employs 33 Women And 2 Men

A western Sydney law firm Coutts and conveyancers employs 33 women and 2 men. Managing Partner of Coutts Solicitors and Conveyancers Adriana Care runs the meetings, but every layer contributes to the conversation. Women in NSW law have come a long way-they have just celebrated 100years since legislation was passed to allow them to practice. Today, 51% of law graduates in NSW are female and there are equal numbers of male and female solicitors. According to the NSW Bar Association, less than a quarter of the state`s 2,405 barristers are women.

UAE-Dubai`s Public Budget Law Approved With An Expenditure Of Dh56.8bn

The ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime minister of the UAE, has signed the Public Budget Law for the year 2019, with an expenditure of AED 56.8 billion. The 2019 budget has dedicated AED 9.2 billion for infrastructure projects. It will continue supporting social services, including health, education and housing as well as developing the social Benefits Fund And supporting families, with the aim of making Dubai one of the most livable cities in the world.

UAE-Consul General Employs Eight Law Firms To Help Indian Expatriates

The Indian Consultate in Dubai, Navdeep Singh Suri, has hired eight law firms to fight the case of Indian expatriates in distress. The law firms were chosen after the Indian government widened the ambit of the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) to provide assistance to overseas Indians facing legal problems that are not of their own making. The Indian ambassador, said that the embassy in Abu Dhabi was also in the process of empanelling law firms in keeping with the new guidelines. In spite of the extension of the legal aid scheme, the Consultate in Dubai has been able to support only three applicants so far.

IRELAND- Domestic Violence Act 2018 To Include New Crime Of Coercive Control

An offence of psychological or emotional abuse is yet to be introduced as a new law in the domestic violence measures as announced by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. Mr. Flanagan has started work on Domestic Violence which will improve the protections available to victims of domestic violence under both civil and criminal law. A new offence of coercive control which is a pattern of intimidation involving psychological or emotional abuse, will come into effect. The court will also be able to seek the views of children where safety or barring order is sought on behalf of the child.

















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