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SC disbars 'Influence Peddling' Lawyer

MANILA, Mar 5 (PNA) - A lady lawyer who collected sums of money from a client by promising an acquittal could be secured before the Court of Appeals (CA) through her influence has been disbarred by the Supreme Court.
Date: 05 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC hikes Coverage for Small Claims Cases to P400-K

MANILA, Feb 27 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday announced an increase in the amount covered in so-called small claims cases filed before the Metropolitan Trial Courts from PHP300,000 to PHP400,000, starting April 1.
Date: 27 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bicam Report on Bills to strengthen Office of the Solicitor General ratified

The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on House Bill 7376 and Senate Bill 1823, seeking to strengthen the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) by increasing its powers and functions and augmenting its employee benefits.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Court pilots Video 'Tele-hearing' for High Risk, Sickly Inmates

MANILA, Feb 11 (PNA) - New court rules authorizing the use of video-teleconferencing for high risk detainees to be tried without the need to actually stepping into courtrooms will soon be tested, the Supreme Court (SC) said Monday.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

CA Justice, Judge named to Court Rules Revision Body

MANILA, Feb 8 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has named two new members to the high court's committee on the revision of the Rules of Court.
Date: 08 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC suspends Lawyer for threatening Harry Roque

MANILA, Jan 31 (PNA) - A lawyer has been suspended for two years from law practice by the Supreme Court (SC) for “underhanded tactics” against his opposing counsel, former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who filed the complaint 12 years ago.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC asked to drop All Suits vs Martial Law Extension

MANILA, Jan 28 (PNA) - Government lawyers have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the three new petitions questioning the validity of the extension of martial law in Mindanao.
Date: 28 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Makati Court stands by Rebellion Raps vs Trillanes

MANILA, Jan 7 (PNA) - Lawyers of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV failed to persuade the Makati court to reconsider its earlier ruling to pursue the rebellion charges against the lawmaker.
Date: 07 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Court to act on Government, Trillanes' Motions on amnesty soon: Judge

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) is set to act soon on the motions for reconsideration filed by both the government and Senator Antonio Trillanes regarding his amnesty.
Date: 16 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Anti-Graft Court allows Imelda Marcos to post Bail

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan on Friday allowed former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos to post a PHP150,000 bailbond for each count of the seven counts of her graft conviction, for a total of PHP1.05 million.
Date: 16 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC declares Half-Day Work in all Courts Wednesday

MANILA, Oct 30 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) declared half-day work in all courts nationwide on Wednesday.
Date: 30 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

PDEA backs Senate Resolution allowing K9 findings as Evidence in Drug Cases

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has expressed support for Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao's proposed resolution seeking to allow the findings of K9s and swabbing of drug samples as admissible evidence in court.
Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Chief Justice orders to hike Local Court Judges' Salary

MANILA, Sept 18 (PNA) - As one of the several judicial reforms implemented under her term in the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro has ordered an increase in the salary of first-level court judges nationwide.
Date: 18 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court orders Transfer of Road Rage suspect to Makati Jail

MANILA, Sept 18 (PNA) - A Makati judge has ordered the transfer of businessman Arnold Padilla from Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig to the Makati City Jail while awaiting trial.
Date: 18 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court Martial will wait for SC Ruling on Trillanes Amnesty

MANILA, Sept 10 (PNA) - While it has already commissioned the General Court Martial (GCM), the Armed Forces of the Philippines will wait until the Supreme Court (SC) rules on Proclamation 572, which declared the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV void ab initio.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

New Continuous Trial Rules speed up Resolution of Criminal Cases: SC

MANILA, Sept 9 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) said criminal cases in trial courts are being resolved much faster compared to previous years following the implementation of its Revised Guidelines of Continuous Trial in Criminal Cases since September last year.
Date: 09 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC reorganizes Three Divisions as de Castro assumes CJ Post

MANILA, Aug 29 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has reorganized its three divisions following the appointment of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.
Date: 29 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House refers Impeach Raps vs Seven SC Magistrates to Justice Panel

MANILA, Aug 28 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday formally referred the impeachment complaints against newly-appointed Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and six other Supreme Court (SC) justices to the Committee on Justice.
Date: 28 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC: 12% Disposal Rate of Drug Cases in Lower Courts in 2017

MANILA, August 27 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has reported that 12 percent or 34,483 out of 289,316 drug-related cases have been disposed by lower courts in 2017.
Date: 27 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel mulls to consolidate Impeach Raps vs Seven SC Justices

MANILA, Aug 27 (PNA) - The chairman of the House justice committee is mulling the possibility of consolidating the individual impeachment complaints against the seven Supreme Court (SC) justices who voted to oust former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Date: 27 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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CJ warns against allowing Politics to be Judicialized

Courts should not be invited to resolve issues usually addressed through the political process such as matters of national identity and religious freedom, said the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, who has also reminded that Court's business is not to formulate policy but to find the facts presented and apply the law.

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ICC violating Own Provisions: Palace

MANILA, Mar 12 (PNA) - If the International Criminal Court (ICC) will force its jurisdiction over the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, this would mean that it would be violating its own provisions, Malacañang said on Monday.

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