Berks County Bar Association Board of Directors Statement
on Judicial Independence
In light of recent, critical comments by the President of the United States directed at members of our judicial branch of government while litigation was pending, and in light of the fact that judges who have been criticized, by rule, are not permitted to respond publicly, the Board of Directors of the Berks County Bar Association has decided that it is appropriate to issue this statement in support of our Federal Constitution.
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Foreclosure Mediation Program Continues
The Berks County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Berks County Courts and Neighborhood Housing Services, have created a program by which those threatened with the loss of their home can seek relief. The program began January 1 and is continuing. Those served with a complaint in a consumer debt or home mortgage case may take advantage of the program.
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UK court rejects challenge to law on assisted dying
The High Court of Justice [official website] on Thursday rejected [judgment, PDF] a terminally ill individual's petition for assistance to die, upholding the Suicide Act 1961 [text], which makes it illegal to assist in suicide. Noel Conway, who suffers from terminal motor neurone disease, argued that the Suicide Act 1961 is in conflict with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act of 1998 [texts] by undermining his right to respect of private and family life through a blanket ban on assisted suicide. Opposing counsel however argued that the act satisfied section 2 of Article 8 as "necessary in a democratic... Full Story››
World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 7 October 2017
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: [JURIST] Canada's House of Commons [official website] on Wednesday passed bill S-226 [text], the "Magnitsky Act," which would allow for the Canadian government to take "restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights." These actions include sanctioning, freezing assets, or denying entry of foreign citizens of countries with human rights violations or corruption. [more] Spain's Constitutional Court [official website] on Thursday ordered the suspension of Catalonia's planned parliamentary session on independence next week warning Catalan parliament speaker Carme Forcadell and other members of... Full Story››
US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 7 October 2017
Here's the domestic legal news we covered this week: The parties involved in challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban order filed letter briefs with the US Supreme Court Thursday addressing whether the issue is moot in light of Trump's September 24 proclamation [JURIST report] that created new restrictions on entry to the US for citizens of eight countries. The US government filed a brief [text, PDF] arguing that Trump's proclamation rendered the pending cases, Trump v. [more] [JURIST] The US Department of Treasury released a report [text,PDF] Friday suggesting regulations and changes to current laws which affect the US Financial... Full Story››
Parties file Supreme Court briefs on whether travel ban cases are moot
The parties involved in challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban order filed letter briefs with the US Supreme Court Thursday addressing whether the issue is moot in light of Trump's September 24 proclamation [JURIST report] that created new restrictions on entry to the US for citizens of eight countries. The US government filed a brief [text, PDF] arguing that Trump's proclamation rendered the pending cases, Trump v. Hawaii and Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project [SCOTUSblog materials], moot. Attorneys for Hawaii and the International Refugee Assistance Project [briefs, PDF] argued in their briefs that the Supreme Court should proceed with... Full Story››
Treasury releases report suggesting financial market reforms
[JURIST] The US Department of Treasury released a report [text,PDF] Friday suggesting regulations and changes to current laws which affect the US Financial System. This report is in response to President Donald Trump's Executive Order 13772 [press release], which established "Core Principles" for the federal government to strive to within the financial market. The February 2017 order established a report to the president within 120 days of the release of the order as well as periodic reports. The goal is to "identify any laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and recordkeeping requirements, and other Government policies that inhibit Federal regulation of... Full Story››