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Court boots out Claims of Trafficker against Lawyers

A convicted drug trafficker whose claim that three defence lawyers had failed to present his case according to his instructions during his trial was dismissed by the High Court for want of merit.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Legislature beefs up Consumer Protections

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) passed amendments to improve consumer rights in the country on Friday.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Coroner's Court rules Mohamad Thaqif Amin died of Complications from Leptospirosis

JOHOR BAHRU, Mar 21 (Bernama) - The Coroner's Court here today ruled that the death of a tahfiz religious school pupil in Kota Tinggi, Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi, 11, on April 26, 2017, was due to complications associated with leptospirosis (rat urine disease).
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

HRM plans to set up Industrial Appeals Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 21 (Bernama) - The Human Resources Ministry is planning to set up an Appeals Court for the Industrial Court in line with the amendment to the Industrial Relations Act 1967.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court strikes out UMNO's Suit to claim back RM116.7 Million seized in Raids

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 21 (Bernama) - The Royal Malaysia Police and the Government of Malaysia today succeeded in striking out the suit filed by UMNO to have RM116.7 million impounded by the police during last year’s raids on Pavilion Residences here, to be returned to the party.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Najib's SRC Trial put on hold pending Appeal to Federal Court

PUTRAJAYA, March 21 (Bernama) - The former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s corruption trial involving RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd funds will not proceed just yet.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Malanjum keeping Mum about his Successor

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 20 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, who is due for compulsory retirement in April only smiled broadly and chose to remain secretive when asked about his successor.
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Appeals Court strikes out Streram's Misfeasance in Public Office Lawsuit

PUTRAJAYA, Mar 20 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today struck out a Pakatan Harapan election candidate’s misfeasance in public office lawsuit against a former returning officer and the Election Commission (EC).
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Duterte signs Law making GenSan Separate District

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a bill creating the lone legislative district of General Santos City in the province of South Cotabato.
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law creating Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law upgrading the Bacoor District Hospital into a general hospital to be known as Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital.
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court rules Singapore Swimming Club did not Defame 'Trespasser' for putting up her Picture as One

A defamation suit brought by a woman against a club for putting up a notice with her picture declaring she had trespassed and was to be treated as persona non grata was dismissed by the District Judge who said the act of the club did not defame the guest.
Date: 19 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Special Court on Corruption formed to concentrate on Such Cases

PUTRAJAYA, Mar 19 (Bernama) - A special court on corruption was proposed to ensure that such cases were given the time and emphasis by the courts, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He said the Special Cabinet Committee On Anti-Corruption (JKKMAR) which met today decided on the formation of the special court because hearings on corru ...
Date: 19 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

MP Noh Omar expelled from Dewan Rakyat for Three Days

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 19 (Bernama) - Tanjung Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar has been expelled from the Dewan Rakyat for three days from today.
Date: 19 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Alcoholic Beverages banned during Sunday’s Early Voting

CHIANG MAI, Mar 16 (NNT) - Chiang Mai Provincial Office of the Election Commission (EC) reiterated prohibition on the sales of alcoholic beverages from 6.00 p.m. on the day before the early voting day until 6.00 p.m. on the early voting day.
Date: 16 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

ICC Prosecutors to be deported if they Probe Drug War

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who will enter the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, may be deported, Malacañang said on Monday.
Date: 18 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC issues TRO vs PhilSAT as Law School Admission Requirement

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday released to newsmen a copy of the temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT) as an admission requirement for law schools.
Date: 18 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC junks Complaint vs de Castro

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed for lack of basis an administrative complaint against retired chief justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

EVOSS Law to attract More Energy Investors, reduce Power Rates

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on Friday welcomed the signing of Republic Act 11234 or the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop (EVOSS) Act by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, saying the new law would lure more energy firms to invest in the country and help reduce power rates.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD vetoes Bill strengthening OSG, cites Impact on Bureaucracy

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed the bill strengthening the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and increasing the benefits of its workers as he cited the measure's impact on the entire government bureaucracy.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Judicial Remedies available for Politicians on Narco-List: Palace

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said judicial remedies are always available for politicians who felt aggrieved in their inclusion on the government's "narco-list" or the list of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drugs.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

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MAS scores, sets Benchmark for Others

The Monetary Authority of Singapore's (MAS) enforcement report has revealed how it polices the financial markets under its charge, and is a welcome indicator of the greater openness the market has long sought, as the report mainly focused on market abuse, financial services misconduct, and money laundering-related control breaches.

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PRRD terminates Appointment of GRP Panel Members

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday confirmed the termination of the appointments of government peace negotiators with communist rebels "in view of the termination of the peace negotiations" with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

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Malanjum keeping Mum about his Successor

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 20 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, who is due for compulsory retirement in April only smiled broadly and chose to remain secretive when asked about his successor.

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MP Noh Omar expelled from Dewan Rakyat for Three Days

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 19 (Bernama) - Tanjung Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar has been expelled from the Dewan Rakyat for three days from today.

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ICC Prosecutors to be deported if they Probe Drug War

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who will enter the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, may be deported, Malacañang said on Monday.

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Selangor wants tougher Environmental Laws

SHAH ALAM, Mar 17 (Bernama) - The Selangor government wants to enforce more stringent laws to address issues related to environmental pollution in the state, said Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

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Rosmah's Graft Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 15 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed the prosecution's application to transfer from the Sessions Court to the High Court the case involving two graft charges filed against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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IBP condemns Slay of another Lawyer in DavNor

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Thursday urged authorities to take action on the latest killing of a lawyer, Rex Jasper Lopoz, who was gunned down last March 13 in front of a shopping mall in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

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IPOPHL brings IP-focused MCLE Program to Cebu

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will be mounting the 2019 edition of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) this March in Cebu, to expand its education drive and reach out to IP practitioners in the Visayas.

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ASEAN aims at creating Future Digitally-Skilled Youths

Jakarta, Mar 14 (ANTARA) - Seven ASEAN member states, through the ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme initiated by the ASEAN Foundation in collaboration with Microsoft, aim to create digitally-skilled youths prepared to tackle challenges of the digital workspace in future.

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Tanintharyi Landholders sued under New Law

Local government officials and companies are already using the recently amended land law to remove villagers from disputed land, according to lawyers in southern Myanmar.

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SC to facilitate Greater Investor Inclusiveness

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - Opening local corporate bonds and sukuk to retail investors who meet the requirements set are among the steps taken by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to promote investors inclusiveness in the local market.

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SC aims Further Expansion of Islamic Capital Market, says Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission (SC), the regulatory body of the capital market, aim to foster growth that is premised on long-term value creation by intensifying efforts to further expand the Islamic capital market as well as the closely-linked sustainable finance segment.

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National E-Document Exchange Platform launched

Hanoi, Mar 12 (VNA) - The Government Office held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 12 to launch the National E-Document Exchange Platform, a move towards a digital government and economy.

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Cabinet approves 5Bn Baht Agro Subsidies

BANGKOK, Mar 13 (NNT) - The weekly Cabinet meeting has allocated another five billion baht to support rice agriculture during the current production year.

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CJ seeks to remove Parts of Hamid Sultan's Affidavit

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 13 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today filed an application to remove parts of the supporting affidavit filed Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer in the lawsuit by the late Karpal Singh’s daughter, claiming that it was outrageous, insulting and an attack to the Judiciary.

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Up to PM to shortlist Candidates for CJ's Post - Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 12 (Bernama) - The Law Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today said that he has no information about the candidates shortlisted to be appointed as the new Chief Justice to replace Tan Sri Richard Malanjum who will retire from the post next month.

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Sabah helps Children without Documents through Legalization Program

KOTA KINABALU, Mar 12 (Bernama) - Children born in Sabah and categorised as foreigners even though one of their parents were local residents, will be given aid through a legalisation programme which will ensure a better future for them.

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