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Italy: Measures to Decrease Backlogs in Civil Proceedings

(Oct. 3, 2014) Recently adopted legislation in Italy seeks to clear the country’s considerable backlog of civil cases through a series of measures in the areas of attorney-client relationships, civil actions, family law proceedings, arbitration proceedings, summary proceedings, enforcement procedures, and the transfer of judges throughout the country. (Decree-Law No. 132, of September 12, 2014 […]

Ukraine: Judges Will Be Subjected to Lustration

(May 9, 2014) On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in revolutionary street protests in the capital city, Kyiv, during the period of November 2013-February 2014. The […]

Turkey: New Amendments to Laws on Judiciary

(Mar. 10, 2014) On February 15, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed an omnibus law (Law No. 6524 [in Turkish] (Feb. 15, 2014), GNA website) that amends the following four laws: Law No. 6087 on the High Council of Judges and Public Prosecutors (6087 sayıIı Hâkimler ve Savcılar Yüksek Kurulu Kanunu (Dec. […]

Uganda: Women Judges Voice Concern over Domestic Violence

(July 8, 2013) On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, 2013).) The President of the National Association of Women Judges-Uganda (NAWJU), Stella Arach Amoko, attributed this in part to […]

Libya: Judges Oppose Bill on Reorganization of Judiciary

(Nov. 6, 2012) On October 17, 2012, a number of Libyan judges announced their objection to a bill on the reorganization of the judiciary, which had been previously referred to the Libyan National Assembly (Parliament) by the Supreme Council of the Judiciary. The judges opposing the bill attempted to meet with the Speaker of the […]

Papua New Guinea: Justices Charged with Sedition

(June 14, 2012) Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG) was arrested on charges of sedition on May 24, 2012, after police stormed the Court and took him into custody. The charge is based on a ruling issued on May 21 by an Injia-led, three-justice bench, affirming an […]

Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Confirms Powers of National Council of Justice

(Feb. 13, 2012) On February 8, 2012, in a very close, six-to-five decision, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court decided to keep the rules currently in force that standardize the methods for investigating judicial misconduct in the country. The rules were created by Resolution No. 135 of July 13, 2011, issued by the National Council of […]

Maldives: Military Arrests and Detains Criminal Court Judge

(Jan. 30, 2012) On January 16, 2012, the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) took the unprecedented step of arresting and detaining Abdulla Mohamed, Chief Judge of the country's criminal court, on charges of corruption. The MNDF, with government backing, took action after the judge issued a ruling in favor of the release of a government […]

Taiwan: Judges Evaluation Committee Operational as Part of New Judges Act

(Jan. 12, 2012) Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges Evaluation Committee system is being implemented six months in advance of the date when the Act […]

Taiwan: Law on Removal of Judges Adopted, But Dinosaur Judges Might Not Become Extinct

(July 6, 2011) On June 14, 2011, Taiwan’s legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but critics contend that the law is flawed and may harm judicial independence in Taiwan. (Judges Act […]