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Chief Justice: Opening Of Bermuda’s Legal Year

Chief Justice: Opening Of Bermuda’s Legal Year

“One of the main challenges facing any legal community in a financial centre dominated by international business interests is mastering the art of maintaining the extremely delicate balance between the interests of the moneyed few and the wage-dependent many,” Chief Justice Ian Kawaley said, adding that, “Disparities of wealth, both... Read more of this article

Photos: Special Sitting Of The Supreme Court

Photos: Special Sitting Of The Supreme Court

A Special Sitting of the Supreme Court was held on Friday [Jan 22] to mark the Ceremonial Opening of Bermuda’s 2016 Legal Year. Chief Justice Ian Kawaley said, “This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first sitting of the Court of General Assize on June 15, 1616. “It will afford us an opportunity, over the course of the year, not... Read more of this article

90 Min Video: “Race, Law & History” Presentation

90 Min Video: “Race, Law & History” Presentation

The Bermuda Centre for Justice and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities [TORCH] Race and Resistance Network hosted an event for the members of the Bermuda Bar Association on January 11, with the keynote address given by the Chief Justice of Bermuda. A spokesperson said, “‘Race, Law and History’ explored the intersection of... Read more of this article

Same Sex Marriage Case Heading To Court

Same Sex Marriage Case Heading To Court

Lawyer Mark Pettingill is preparing to take a case to allow two gay people to marry in Bermuda to court. Mr Pettingill, a former Attorney-General, last week filed a notice of marriage to the Registrar General on behalf of Bermudian Ijumo Hayward, who lives in Atlanta and who wants to marry his American partner Clarence Williams on the Island. Podcast... Read more of this article

Government Delays Tobacco Control Legislation

Government Delays Tobacco Control Legislation

Following an extensive debate in the House of Assembly on Friday [Dec 4], Minister of Health, Seniors and Environment Jeanne Atherden said she would “rise and report” on the Tobacco Control Act 2015, which means the legislation will be delayed. The Bill seeks to make a number of changes including, but not limited to, prohibiting the sale... Read more of this article

BMHF: Extending Protection Is ‘The Right Thing’

BMHF: Extending Protection Is ‘The Right Thing’

The Bermuda Mental Health Foundation [BMHF] said they are pleased that the Government will “amend the Human Rights Act to extend protection under the Act for the mentally ill,” saying that it is “simply the right thing to do.” Plans to amend the Human Rights Act were announced in the recent Throne Speech, which said, “To... Read more of this article

Five Extracts From The Same Sex Rights Ruling

Five Extracts From The Same Sex Rights Ruling

Chief Justice Ian Kawaley handed down a groundbreaking decision in the Supreme Court on Friday [Nov 27] which paves the way for non-Bermudian same-sex partners of Bermudians to be granted rights to live and work in Bermuda. The legal case was brought by the Bermuda Bred Company, which was formed by a group of ‘born and bred’ Bermudians in order... Read more of this article

Supreme Court Rules On Same Sex Partners

Supreme Court Rules On Same Sex Partners

[Updated with video] “The non-Bermudian same-sex partners of Bermudians, who are in committed relationships, are entitled to live and work in Bermuda without immigration restriction,” the Bermuda Bred Company said following a ruling by Bermuda’s Supreme Court this afternoon [Nov 27]. The case was the Bermuda Bred Company v The Minister... Read more of this article

Law: UK Reforms Raise Questions For Bermuda

Law: UK Reforms Raise Questions For Bermuda

[Written by Martyn Naylor] The UK’s financial sector is often in the media nowadays, and rarely for the right reasons. There sometimes seems to be a rule amongst journalists that the word ‘banking’ must be followed by ‘scandal’. Yet there is one extremely important part of that sector which has [for the last few years at least] kept itself... Read more of this article

Attorney-General On Criminal Reform Act 2015

Attorney-General On Criminal Reform Act 2015

Official notices brought into force large parts of criminal reforms contained in the Criminal Jurisdiction and Procedure Act 2015 and Disclosure and Criminal Reform Act 2015, Attorney-General Trevor Moniz said in the House of Assembly on Friday [Nov 20]. “The purpose of this legislation is to create a speedier and more efficient criminal justice... Read more of this article

Nov 23: Family Law Mediation Training Launch

Nov 23: Family Law Mediation Training Launch

On Monday, November 23, Bermuda’s Family Law Reform Sub-Committee under the remit of the Judicial Training Institute of Bermuda, will officially launch an accredited family mediation training initiative. “The event will equip mediators to resolve family disputes in keeping with the ‘alternative dispute resolution’ emphasis of the newly created... Read more of this article

Ministry: Changes To Car Window Tint Rules

Ministry: Changes To Car Window Tint Rules

The Ministry of Tourism Development and Transport advised on recent amendments to regulations concerning window tint on private motor cars saying that the specifications are forward passenger window and driver side window not less than 35%; and, rear passenger window not less than 24% when measured perpendicular to the surface by an approved instrument. The... Read more of this article

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