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Russia: Chief Justice Insists on Limited Application of International Court Rulings

(Dec. 8, 2010) The Thirteenth International Constitutional Justice Forum was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 18-20, 2010. More than 90 justices, clerks of constitutional courts, and scholars from 14, mostly European, countries discussed modern theory and practice of constitutional law and analyzed the development of constitutional control (Press Release, Institute of Legislative and […]

Lebanon: Chief Judge Makes Controversial Statement on Legality of Special Tribunal for Lebanon

(Nov. 8, 2010) The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime – the bombing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri – and related offenses. The STL was created by an agreement between the United Nations and the Lebanese government and […]

Russia: Reform of the Constitutional Court Proposed

(Oct. 14, 2010) On October 7, 2010, the State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) of the Russian Federation considered and approved on the first reading a bill aimed at reforming the Russian constitutional justice system. The bill was introduced by the administration of the Russian Federation President and aims at amending the Federal […]

Kenya; Zambia: Judiciaries Turn to Technology to Improve Efficiency

(Oct. 7, 2010) It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court cases using computerized systems (Judiciary Goes Digital, TIMES OF ZAMBIA (Oct. 5, 2010), Terry Musonda, […]

England and Wales: Role of Magistrates’ Court in Decline?

(Sept. 22, 2010) The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer heard in 2009 than in 1999. The role of the magistrate, which is coming up on its 650-year anniversary next year, is to deliver justice locally, […]

Cambodia: Rules for Victim Participation, Reparations to Be Considered by Tribunal

(Sept. 17, 2010) The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the body conducting the war crimes trial of members of the Khmer Rouge, opened its eighth plenary session on September 12, 2010. The tribunal will be devoting this week to discussion of the internal rules concerning reparations and the participation in the proceedings of […]

International Criminal Court; Kenya: Office to Open with Immunity for Staff, Property, and Witnesses

(Sept. 8, 2010) The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya (Lucas Barasa, Kenya Allows Hague Free Run in Poll […]

Switzerland: Federal Procedural Laws Enacted

(Aug. 25, 2010) On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: the Swiss Code of Criminal Procedure (Schweizerische Strafprozessordnung), October 5, 2007 (AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG DES BUNDESRECHTS [AS] 1881 (2010) […]

Russia: Chief Justice Insists on Obligatory Role of Judicial Precedents

(June 29, 2010) On May 18, 2010, in a speech at the annual meeting of the Council of Judges, Russia's highest professional body for the country's judges, the Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court, Viacheslav Lebedev, stated that judges of all lower courts must obey the documents issued by the Supreme Court of the […]

Russia: Names of All Persons Sentenced by Courts Will Be Published

(June 21, 2010) The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Information Related to the Activities of the Federal Judiciary (Information on Judiciary Law) will enter into force on July 1, 2010. The Law provides for publication of all rulings issued by federal commercial courts and courts of general jurisdiction on the day of their […]