INDIA- Bar Council of India look to form a panel that will discuss lawyer’s fees
The Bar Council of India (BCI) is likely to form a committee that will look into framing rules that will regulate lawyer’s fees. The order came to fruition after Justice Prahiba M Singh noticed that there were no guidelines on lawyers charging their clients. Murari Tiwari believes that fees charged by retired judicial officers should also be regulated. Justice Prahiba M Singh said, “In order to ensure that there is some regulation of the manner of charging a professional fee by advocates and also for providing a forum to air grievances of the litigants, there is an urgent need to frame some guidelines/rules.”
PAKISTAN- Pakistan And India Face Off in Kashmir
Tensions between the two countries have risen after a suicide bomber crashed his vehicle into an Indian troop convoy that left 40 paramilitary officers dead. India blamed Pakistan for the attack. While country officials deny this, their military and intelligence services are known to have supported Kashmiri militant groups in the past. Western countries have called for peace between the two nuclear-equipped countries. A few Kashmiri residents have fled in case of war, while others are fearful of stepping outside their homes.
INDIA- How to check AIBE 2019 Results
On Monday the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) results will be released. A minimum of 40 marks is required to attain the “Certificate of Practice”, a qualification that enables an individual to practice law in India, and candidates who qualify can collect their certificates from their respective state bar counsels. Results can be accessed on the official website here: www.allindiabarexamination.com.
INDIA- New E-Commerce Laws may restrict Walmart and Amazon
A newly drafted policy outlined by India to govern its growing e-commerce sector may further restrict foreign companies operations while protecting domestic firms. The draft, published would boost computing in India and lead to local job creation, policymakers argued. The e-commerce market is predicted to reach $200 billion by 2026, according to the India Brand Equity foundation. Large investments from Amazon ($5 billion) and Walmart ($16 billion) mean they have to restructure their business operations to comply with laws.
PAKISTAN- Scrapping Article 35 A will be a violation of international war according to Pakistan
Dr Muhammad Faisal, foreign office spokesperson, believes that any move made towards scrapping Article 35A of the Indian Constitution is a clear violation of International Law as any such act is clearly an attempt to bring about demographic alterations in Kashmir. The Act prohibits the introduction of material changes to Kashmir. Dr Faisal believes that the deployment of additional militant forces are contributing to an atmosphere of intimidation and fear. He urges the international community to counsel India to defuse current tensions through dialogue and engagement.
INDIA- Get in tune with the spirit and not just the letter of the law
Initially, the Foreign Direct Investment law’s intention is to strengthen the country’s digital infrastructure in order to promote nation building through economic and financial inclusion of a large scale, however ignorance and greed brought about the circumvention of the law. Luckily in 2018 the government issued “clarification” to put an end to the shenanigans. This clarification made it very clear that the government wants the spirit of the law to be followed as much as the letter, that it believes in an ecosystem that drives economic inclusion.
INDIA- Drug smugglers try everything to deceive law enforcement
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) intercepted a van painted as an Ambulance carrying 1,813 kg of cannabis. The DRI officials received a specific tip off claiming that narcotics were being smuggled in vehicles officials do not normally search, which prompted them to search the ambulance near Pendurthi in Araku. The area has become a major producer of cannabis. A day before the “ambulance” incident Narcotics Control Bureau seized 1, 020 kg of cannabis from a coal-laden truck on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
INDIA- CJI refuses to hear plea which designates lawyers as “senior”
Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi recused himself from hearing a plea, which seeks to abolish the designation of lawyers as “seniors”. In 2017 a bench headed by the CJI delivered guidelines on how to elect an advocate as senior. The plea claims that the designation creates an “elite class” consisting of family and friends and suggests that only advocates who are 62 years and older and have been in practice for 35 years can be classified as “senior” as the current guidelines were detrimental to the independence of the Bar.
INDIA- India Supreme Court of Orders for Clear Crypto Regulations
The heavy-handedness of the Reserve Bank Of India (RIB) makes cryptocurrency trading Illegal in India, but things are soon to change. The Supreme Court has granted the Indian government four weeks to draft clear cryptocurrency regulations before the court make independent rulings on pending crypto related cases and perhaps reverse the current ban on crypto trading.
INDIA- SC accepts to hear plea that will protect the human rights of security forces on duty
Daughters of two army officers have moved to the Supreme Court to petition a policy that will protect the human rights of security personnel. Preeti Kedar Gokhale (19) and Kajal Mishra (20) seek the formulation of a policy that will protect the rights of security personnel against mobs attacking them during duty. The petition states that depriving armed forces to prosecute people who commit offenses against them is a violation of their fundamental right to life and liberty.
INDIA- Several top Lawyers seek impeachment of High Court Judge
Meghalaya High Court, Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen caused major uproar after saying that India should have been a “Hindu country”. Justice Sen was quoted saying, “Since Partition of the subcontinent, during Independence, was done on the basis of religion, Pakistan declared that it was an Islamic country… India should also have been declared a Hindu country…,”. This statement has upset many top ranking law advocates who have looked to to have Justice Sen impeached. According to the CPI (M), Justice Sen has lost his moral right to continue in office as a High Court judge.
INDIA- Delhi High Court tells lower courts to quickly resolve old cases
In an attempt to clear cases that are 10 years or older, the Delhi High Court has issued orders to the six courts that come under it to allow a maximum of three adjournments per civil case that is 10 years or older. The orders give a fixed time limit of 8 years to complete civil cases, and 3 years for criminal cases. The court feels that long gaps in between depositions give excessive time to influence witnesses. These time limits will help reduce the backlog of pending cases around the country.
INDIA- Delhi High court demands screens at Metro Rail platforms
In an attempt to prevent incidents of commuters from falling onto the tracks, the Delhi High Court has requested the AAP and the DMRC to respond to a Public Interest Litigation, which would see screen doors being installed at Metrorail platforms. Social activist Hussain Mueen Farooq filed the petition and believes that the appointment of a Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) is vital in ensuring the safety of passengers.
INDIA- State receives scrutiny from Supreme Court on failure to draft pothole policy
The Committee on Road Safety has given the state until March 31st to submit a compliance report for road safety measures. The CMRS has questioned the failure to draft such a policy and has slammed government for not following road safety guidelines, like putting up signage, set by the Bombay High Court last year. In the last 5 years, 14, 936 casualties have been observed and the state government’s delayed response to drafting a policy has now forced the Supreme Court to appoint a committee to solve the issue.
AMERICA- Experts say Sex trafficking is far from a victimless crime
Polaris, a non-profit organization that operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline estimates that there are hundreds of thousands of sex traffic victims in the US. According to experts, sex trafficking and prostitution is a very overlooked and misunderstood problem in the U.S. Jay Albanese, professor and criminologist at Virginia Commonwealth University says that trafficking is one of the most serious crimes of all. Lisa L Thompson says “every man who buys sex from a woman in a brothel or any of these establishments, they have contracted out the job of violence, intimidation or coercion to a pimp or brothel owner.”
AMERICA- Driving drugged: New York’s Marijuana legalization
According to the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice the marijuana related death count has nearly doubled to 21 percent between 2013 and 2017. Car Accidents are up 6 percent in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, since recreational marijuana use has been legalized in these states and now New York’s recreational marijuana battle is at the forefront of a generational war. To counter the rise in marijuana related accidents, products like the new marijuana breathalyzer and apps that measure reaction time, decision making and hand-eye coordination have been introduced to help officers gauge if a driver is high behind the wheel.
UNITED KINGDOM- Assisted dying: who decides whose life is worth living?
Campaigners have continued to push for a law that would legalize assisted dying in the UK. In the Netherlands, euthanasia has been administered to people with an intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. Laws that govern euthanasia in cases of mental illness and non life-limiting conditions should be carefully considered as they pose threats to people living with disabilities. If a disability, that is not life threating, is grounds for euthanasia then the idea of assisted dying is on unsteady grounds.
AUSTRAILIA- What are the Laws on Cyber-bullying?
Cyber-bullying is difficult to define and can range from calling someone stupid to directly threatening their lives. Any actual attempt to kill is usually unlikely in cyber-bulling cases, however serious threats to a person’s life are illegal and it is the duty of the police to prosecute those who do so. Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University Law School Andre Oboler says that it’s a matter of how online incidents compare to all other incidences.