INDIA – Goa To Allow Outsiders To Register Their Marriages After Changes in the Portuguese-Era Uniform Civil Code
The BJP-led Goa government would amend the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) of the Portuguese era, introduced in 1870, to ensure that non-Goans could register their marriages in the coastal state, the Legislative Assembly was told on Tuesday (August 6, 2019). It was maintained even after the territory was merged with India in 1961. Registration of non-Goans marriage is presently outlawed in Goa. BJP assembly lawmaker Antonio said many Goans with the Overseas Citizens of India card, who are in Goa for a short vacation, find it difficult to register their marriages due to a mandatory provision to maintain the 15-day gap between two signatures before the sub-registrar — one for declaration of intention and the other for confirmation.
INDIA – Rajasthan Is the Second Indian State to Have a Law against Mob Lynching
The Rajasthan Legislative Assembly passed the Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019. The bill offers life imprisonment and a fine up to the sum of 5 lakhs in cases of mob lynching involving the death of the victim. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal, who introduced the bill, informed the house that the current legal laws are not enough to cope with the evil of lynching. She further said that this law would guarantee that those engaged in hate crimes receive a rigorous penalty.
INDIA – Supreme Court Gets A Petition Challenging Presidential Notification of The Revocation Of Article 370
Even as the Lok Sabha adopted the J&K Reorganization Bill 2019 on Tuesday (August 06, 2019, a petition was lodged in the Supreme Court challenging the Presidential Notice of Revocation of Special Status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. The petitioner, advocate M L Sharma, asserted the method adopted for the same was unconstitutional. Some unlikely support came from senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia who said, “I support the move on Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and its complete incorporation into the Indian Union. It would have been better if the constitutional process had been followed, as thus no questions could have been raised.
USA – New Sexual Abuse Accounts Included In the Case against Boy Scouts of America
A lawsuit is comprising new accounts from hundreds of former Boy Scouts who claim they were sexually abused as scouts were filed Monday (August 05, 2019). The suit, which was filed in the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia, includes earlier unreported cases, allegations spanning eight decades and indicating numerous reports from nearly every U.S. state. This is part of an attempt by attorneys to gather testimonies on behalf of a client who claims his former scoutmaster manipulated him with alcohol and drugs before sexually abusing him.
INDIA -Supreme Court Commences Daily Hearings on the Ayodhya Land Dispute Case
A Supreme Court’s five-judge constitutional bench has started final hearing in the Ayodhya title suit as mediation by a three-member committee has failed to resolve the matter. The panel, appointed by the top court earlier this year, was asked to consult with different organizations and discuss a solution to the conflict. The dispute involves 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya, where once stood a mosque of the 16th century — said to have been built by Mughal emperor Babur.
INDIA – The Court Demands A Status Report On The Safety Of Unnao Woman, Family and Witnesses
A Delhi court on Tuesday (August 06, 2019) requested a status report from the CBI on steps taken to ensure the safety of the Unnao rape survivor, her family, and witness testimony. District Judge Dharmesh Sharma also requested a report on the boarding and lodging agreements created for family members accompanying the critically injured lady who was moved to Delhi on Monday night for better treatment. The court holds a day-to-day trial in the case as directed by the Supreme Court.
USA – Judges Not ‘Rubber Stamping ‘ Maryland Firearm Seizures Under Red Flag Law
Maryland courts have denied or rejected nearly 48% of Extreme Protective Order petitions sworn since October against individuals suspected of being a danger of suicide or gun violence by family members and police worried. The rulings allow the people subjected to the petitions to return to them guns seized by the police. The so-called “Red Flag Law” petitions are praised as life-saving by supporters who claim uncounted suicides, violent assaults, and at least one prospective school shooting have been prevented by the new Maryland law enacted in October 2018.
INDIA – Lok Sabha passes a bill to increase the number of Supreme Court’s judges
Lok Sabha enacted a bill on Monday (August 05, 2019) seeking to raise the amount of Supreme Court judges from the current 30 to 33 with a perspective to reducing the pendency of cases. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad used the chance to urge the judiciary to make “sweeping comments” while hearing cases. “They should have the bravery to pass judgments and give reasons,” he said. Also, a Constitutional Amendment bill proposed by the UPA government to raise the pension age of High Court (HC) Judges from 62 to 65 lapsed and never came up for debate in the 15th Lok Sabha.
CANADA – Major Amendments to The Canada Labour Code By August 07, 2019
Recently, the federal government produced countless important announcements concerning worker entitlements under Part III of the Canada Labour Code. The government announced the company’s entry into force date for new labour standards that were included in the latest laws but not brought into force. It is now apparent that the following fresh employee entitlements under Part III of the Code (among others) will enter into force on September 01 2019 The right to request flexible job agreements; fresh or extended absences, including private leave of up to five days (the first three days will be paid) ; leave for traditional indigenous procedures of up to five days ; leave for victims of family abuse of up to 10 days (the first five days will be paid) ; and extended bereavement leave of up to five days (with three days paid) ; The capacity to alter job schedules and replace general holidays ; the requirement to offer an worker at least 96 hours notice of their job timetable and at least 24 hours notice of a shift change; allowing overtime to be compensated for through paid time off; the restricted right to refuse overtime ; and the capacity to split, interrupt or postpone holidays.
INDIA – Maldives ex-VP to Be Detained for 15 Days by Court Order
A court in the Maldives ordered former Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb to be detained for 15 days after returning home after his failed attempt to enter neighbouring India. Adeeb arrived in southern India’s Tuticorin port on Thursday seeking asylum, but India denied him entry on the grounds that he did have invalid documents. Maldives police have said Adeeb is fleeing the country to avoid questioning about the alleged embezzlement of state funds. Adeeb returned to the Maldives on Sunday in police custody, who said he was under arrest for attempting to break a travel ban placed on him by the Supreme Court.
INDIA – Indian Forest Survey Will Take 16 Years to Complete the FRA Encroachment Survey
The Indian Forest Survey (FSI) informed the Supreme Court (SC) that it would take 16 years, according to a source, to analyze suspected infringements in the case regarding the rights of forest dwellers under the (FRA) Forest Rights Act, 2006. The FSI presented a court affidavit stating that it has surveyed around 6,400 georeferenced polygons of rejected Individual Forest Rights (IFR) claims in four states — Odisha, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. The FSI used satellite imagery of these polygons varying from 2005, 2009 to 2018-19. The majority of the states are still in the process of sending their data to the organization; the source told Down To Earth (DTE).
CANADA – Major Amendments to The Canada Labour Code By August 07, 2019
Recently, the federal government produced countless important announcements concerning worker entitlements under Part III of the Canada Labor Code. The government announced the company’s entry into force date for new labour standards that were included in the latest laws but not brought into force. It is now apparent that the following fresh employee entitlements under Part III of the Code (among others) will enter into force on September 01 2019 The right to request flexible job agreements; fresh or extended absences, including private leave of up to five days (the first three days will be paid) ; leave for traditional indigenous procedures of up to five days ; leave for victims of family abuse of up to 10 days (the first five days will be paid); and extended bereavement leave of up to five days (with three days paid) ; The capacity to alter job schedules and replace general holidays ; the requirement to offer an worker at least 96 hours notice of their job timetable and at least 24 hours’ notice of a shift change; allowing overtime to be compensated for through paid time off; the restricted right to refuse overtime; and the capacity to split, interrupt or postpone holidays.
INDIA – Nashik Honor Killing: Bombay High Court Upholds the Death Penalty for the Murderer of A Pregnant Daughter
On Tuesday (August 6, 2019), the Bombay High Court (HC) upheld the conviction and death penalty given by a Nashik court in northern Maharashtra to a 38-year-old man in a case of honour killing. A court Bench of Justices B P Dharmadhikari and Swapna Joshi upheld the death penalty given to Eknath Kumbharkar, who was sentenced for murdering his 18-year-old pregnant daughter in 2013 because she had married outside their caste. Following this, the Maharashtra government approached the HC seeking confirmation of the death penalty as a procedure to pave the way for its execution.
INDIA – Supreme Court Reserves the Order in Tarun Tejpal’s Plea
On Tuesday (August 06, 2019), the Supreme Court reserved its order on the plea of journalist Tarun Tejpal seeking to set aside charges of sexual assault framed against him by a court of trial. Tejpal’s lawyer said the allegations of rape against the senior journalist were incorrect and baseless. But the bench tried to understand why Tejpal sent the letter of apology to the woman. Tejpal’s counsel and senior attorney Vikas Singh quoted the CCTV hotel lobby video clips and argued that it was the complainant who could be seen running after him and that she was the one who began it all.
UNITED KINGDOM – As UK Law Firms Enjoy The Boom Times, How Can You Become A UK Lawyer?
These are the boom times for UK law firms as a chaotic departure from the European Union drives demand for professional advice. However, despite this, some LL.M.s may be a good stepping stone to practice law in the UK. For example, Wong says some UK law schools offer LL.M. Legal Practice courses that incorporate a vocational training program that is a requirement to become a lawyer in the UK. The vocational training is called the Legal Practice Course (LPC), and it is offered as part of an LL.M. Degree at London’s City Law School, says dean associate Peter Hungerford-Welch.
DUBAI -Know the Law: Can I Take Sick Leave without A Health Certificate In The UAE?
As an employee, it is your responsibility to prove your illness through accurate medical reports and/or medical certificates. A worker should report to his employer within two days of his illness. This is in accordance with Article 82 of Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 on employment relations in the UAE (the ‘ Employment Law ‘) If you do not submit a medical report or DHA-issued medical certificate. Therefore, if you explain your medical condition, you may discuss the same with your employer and take prior approvals for such leave. If you don’t provide any valid proof or document for your health condition that forces you to take sick leave, your employer may deduct salary or deduct leave from your annual leave or other leave.