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Brazil: Supreme Court Rules Federal Police Plea Bargains Are Constitutional

(June 25, 2018) On June 21, 2018, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF) ruled on a Direct Action of Unconstitutionality (Ação Direta de Inconstitucionalidade (ADI) 5508) proposed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office (Procuradoria Geral da República), holding that agents of the Federal Police (Delegados) could not make plea bargain agreements (acordos de […]

Malaysia: Federal Court Rules that State Sharia Court Has Jurisdiction Over Apostasy Cases

(Mar. 6, 2018) On February 27, 2018, it was reported that the Malaysian Federal Court (the highest court in Malaysia) had dismissed an appeal by four people from the state of Sarawak who wished to have their apostasy cases considered in a civil court. (Sharon Ling, Federal Court Rules Jurisdiction to Hear Apostasy Cases Lies […]

Ukraine: Establishment of Anticorruption Court Discussed in Legislature

(Mar. 5, 2018) On March 1, 2018, following strong recommendations of the International Monetary Fund, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine passed a resolution to include the recently introduced Bill on the High Anticorruption Court in the legislative agenda. The Rada agreed to discuss the Bill during the current parliamentary session once the suggestions proposed […]

Saudi Arabia: Riyadh High Court Waives Requirement for Women to Fully Cover Their Faces in Courthouse

(Feb. 8, 2018) For the first time in its history, the High Court of Riyadh is no longer requiring women to fully cover their faces when they visit the Riyadh courthouse. (Fatimah Al-Dabees, Riyadh Court Waives Condition of Covering the Face and Is Satisfied with Hijab, OKAZ (Dec. 25, 2017) (in Arabic).) The Chief Justice […]

Italy: New Legislation on International Judicial Cooperation in Effect

(Dec. 6, 2017) On October 31, 2017, comprehensive new legislation on extradition and other forms of international judicial cooperation entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 149 of October 3, 2017, Provisions Amending Book XI of the Code of Criminal Procedure on Jurisdictional Relations with Foreign Authorities (L.D. No. 149), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (Oct. 16, […]

Italy: New Legislation on Honorary Judges

(Sept. 28, 2017) On July 18, 2017, new legislation amending the statute on honorary judges and other judges entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 116 of July 13, 2017, Organic Reform of the Honorary Judiciary and Other Provisions on Justices of the Peace as well as Temporary Regulations on Honorary Magistrates in Service, […]

Egypt: Judicial Supervision of Electoral Process to Be Eliminated

(July 31, 2017) On July 4, 2017, the Egyptian Council of Representatives (the parliament) approved a law on eliminating the role of the judiciary in supervising future parliamentary and presidential elections. The new law assigns the National Electoral Commission as the sole agency in charge of monitoring future general elections and referenda.  Two-thirds of the […]

Egypt: Parliament Approves an Amendment to the Judicial Authority Law

(May 2, 2017) On April 26, 2017, the Council of Representatives, the Egyptian parliament, passed Law No. 13 of 2017 amending the Judicial Authority Law, Law No. 46 of 1972.  (Law No. 13 of 2017, 17 AL JARIDDAH AL-RASMYIAH [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] (Annex) (Apr. 27, 2017) (in Arabic); Law 46 of 1972, 40 AL JARIDDAH AL-RASMYIAH […]

Israel: Rabbinical Courts May Recommend Social Religious Sanctions Against Husbands Who Refuse to Divorce

(May 2, 2017) On February 28, 2017, Israel’s Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, in a five-to-two decision, rejected an appeal lodged by two Jewish husbands against (separate) rulings by rabbinical courts to subject the men to the application of 12th century social/religious sanctions not expressly authorized under Israeli law.  (HCJ 5185/13 […]