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Philippines: Supreme Court Rules on Psychological Incapacity as a Ground for Nullity of Marriage

(May 28, 2021) On May 11, 2021, the Philippines’ Supreme Court announced that it had modified the interpretation of the requirements of psychological incapacity as a ground for declaring the nullity of marriages in court. The requirements are set forth in article 36 of the Family Code, which provides that a marriage contracted by any […]

Turkey: Constitutional Court Censures Lower Court for Not Enforcing Constitutional Court Judgment

(Apr. 9, 2021) On January 21, 2020, the Grand Chamber of the Constitutional Court of Turkey issued its decision in the Kadri Enis Berberoglu (3) case, censuring the Istanbul 14. Criminal Court for refusing to comply with the Constitutional Court’s prior decision in Kadri Enis Berberoglu (2). The cases arose from complaints made by Kadri […]

Israel: Facing Criminal Trial, Prime Minister Finds Authority Limited by Supreme Court Decision Upholding Attorney General’s Conflict of Interest Opinion

(Apr. 2, 2021) As Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Binyamin Netanyahu faces hearings scheduled to begin on April 5, 2021, in his criminal trial for charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, he finds his prime ministerial authority limited by a recent decision of the Israeli Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice […]

England: “Nightingale Courts” Aim to Relieve Pandemic Backlog of Court Cases

(Mar. 29, 2021) England’s court administration agency, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), has introduced additional venues to be used as temporary courts to ease pressure on the courts and clear a backlog of cases. The backlog was caused in part by the closure of half the courts across England in March 2020 in […]

Italy: New Law Contains Measures on Visas, Territorial Waters, Virtual Proceedings in Drug Trials, and Refugee Centers

(Jan. 22, 2021) On December 20, 2020, Italy’s government issued Law No. 173 of December 18, 2020, which contains new measures concerning visas, vessels in territorial waters, virtual proceedings in drug trafficking prosecutions, and refugee center security and detainee welfare. New Provisions on Student Visas, Resident Visas for Refugees The new legislation allows foreign students who […]

Jamaica: House of Representatives Passes Bills Easing Admission of Drug Crime Evidence

(Jan. 15, 2021) On December 8, 2020, Jamaica’s House of Representatives passed amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1948, and the Evidence Act, 1843. If enacted, the amendments would introduce new procedures for securing and disposing of drugs seized in connection with drug crimes and enable the admission of drug samples and recorded images as […]

Germany: New English-Speaking Commercial Court Opened in the State of Baden-Württemberg

(Jan. 15, 2021) At the beginning of November 2020, the first English-speaking commercial court began operating in Germany, with locations in Stuttgart (Stuttgart Commercial Court) and Mannheim (Mannheim Commercial Court). The commercial court decides disputes in international commercial law. According to a press release issued by the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, the purpose of the […]

Spain: Decree Law Protecting Tenants in Vulnerable Economic Situations Enacted

(Jan. 13, 2021) On December 22, 2020, the Spanish government enacted Royal Decree-Law 37/2020 to adopt urgent measures to protect people in vulnerable economic situations from losing their housing because of the COVID-19 emergency. The new law allows the tenants of a permanent residence to request an extraordinary suspension of eviction or release because they […]

Sweden: Parliament Adopts New Rules for Electronic Communication with Courts

(Dec. 28, 2020) On November 4, 2020, the Swedish Parliament voted to adopt new legislation that will allow for the digital signing of certain court documents, thereby amending the Code of Judicial Procedure as well several other acts, including, among others, the Act on Administrative Procedure, the Act on Court Matters, and the Land Code. […]