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Bangladesh: Forced Retirement of Two Judges Was Unconstitutional

(Oct. 20, 2009) The Prime Minister of Bangladesh ordered two district court judges into retirement on July 30, 2009. The Prime Minister's order was in retaliation for the judges' involvement in a demonstration at the Law Ministry protesting certain procedures relating to separation of the judiciary from the executive branch. The decision was made public […]

Indonesia: Judges Named as Soft on Corruption

(Aug. 28, 2009) The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), a non-governmental organization established in 1998, has issued a report criticizing 221 judges from 57 district courts, three high courts, and the Supreme Court. The organization says these judges have freed persons accused of corruption, clearing them of all charges. (Indonesia Corruption Watch, KARMAYOG, http://www.karmayog.org/anticorruption/anticorruption_1570.htm & ICW […]

India: Plan to Enact Law to Compel Judges to Disclose Assets

(Aug. 27, 2009) The Ministry of Law in India announced that the Government of India would introduce a law in the next session of the parliament to ensure that judges declare their assets and liabilities. Judges of the Supreme Court at present voluntarily file a statement with the Chief Justice of India (CJI) about their […]

United States: Judge’s Recusual Required Where Campaign Contributions Create Probable Bias

(June 15, 2009) On June 8, 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires an elected state judge to recuse himself from a case when a party in the case had a significant and disproportionate influence in placing him on the court. A West […]

Russia: New Requirements for Judicial Appointments

(Dec. 15, 2008) On December 2, 2008, the Congress of Russian Trial Judges held its session in Moscow. This is the highest authority in the judicial professional community, and it meets irregularly, mostly upon the request of the Russian Federation President, who participates in the Congress. The Congress has the right to propose legislation and […]

Bangladesh: Ordinance to Appoint Supreme Court Judges

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 29th 2008, the Advisory Council of the Bangladesh Government approved the Supreme Judicial Commission Ordinance 2008, which specifies procedures for the appointment of judges to both the Appellate Division and the High Court Division of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Judicial Commission is a nine-member body headed by the Chief […]