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Portugal: Improvement of the Justice System

(Feb. 25, 2011) 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 Commission on the Operational Efficiency of Justice. The Ministries of Justice and Finance, along with […]

Portugal: Gay Marriage Law Approved by Constitutional Tribunal

(Apr. 12, 2010) On April 8, 2010, the Portuguese Constitutional Tribunal confirmed the legitimacy of a law, passed in January 2010 by the Parliament, which modifies the definition of marriage in the new Civil Code. According to the law, marriage no longer needs to be between persons of different sexes. The court mentioned in its […]

Portugal: Gay Marriage Approved by Parliament

(Jan. 13, 2010) On January 8, 2010, the Portuguese Parliament approved a proposal for a law that authorizes persons of the same sex to get married. The proposal was designed to remove the definition stating that marriage is between two people of different sexes from the legislation in force in the country. After the approval, […]

Portugal: Parliament Rejects Same-Sex Marriage

(Oct. 20, 2008) On October 10, 2008, the Portuguese Parliament rejected two proposed laws that were presented by two minority parties (Bloco Esquerdista e Verde) that would have amended the Portuguese Civil Code to allow persons of the same sex to marry and to adopt children. According to the Portuguese Prime-Minister, José Sócrates, marriage between […]

Portugal: Divorce in One Hour

(Oct. 17, 2008) As part of a simplification program that started in 2006, known as the Simplex Initiative and designed to make the services provided by the public sector faster and more responsive to citizens' and businesses' needs, now couples with no minor children and no property to be shared can obtain a divorce in […]

Portugal: Parliament Approves Second Protocol to Orthographic Agreement

(June 2, 2008) On May 16, 2008, the Portuguese Parliament approved the second protocol that modified the Orthographic Agreement of the Portuguese Language of 1990, an agreement between several Portuguese speaking nations. Portugal now will have to change 1.42% of its words and will have six years to adapt to the new rules. According to […]