• March 2, 2024

Streamline dispute resolution with a 4-member GST appellate tribunal in states soon 2023

According to a government official, each state should establish a four-member appeal tribunal to streamline and expedite the Goods and Services Tax dispute resolution process (GST). Two technical members (one from the center and one from each state) and two judicial members would comprise each state appellate tribunal. The appeals will be considered by a…

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Fast-moving Israelis rush to Utah for legal marriage 2023

Israel’s Supreme Court denied the state’s case against registering online civil weddings performed in Utah, United States, in Israel. The verdict on March 7 authorized civil weddings through Zoom. In Israel, religious leaders must officiate marriages. The Chief Rabbinate is responsible for performing and recording all Jewish marriages in Israel, whereas Muslim religious authorities are…

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CENTCOM chief describes Middle East “race” against China, Iran threat 2023

General Michael Erik Kurilla, the commander of U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that the United States is in a ‘race’ against China to more integrate militarily with its allies in the Middle East, while also highlighting the escalating danger from Iran. Thursday’s hearing is the second day in a…

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The prime minister has rejected the president’s offer amid growing unrest 2023

President Isaac Herzog addressed the public after weeks of meetings with lawmakers and legal experts to announce his alternative approach to the government’s controversial plan to restrict the High Court of Justice’s (HCJ) authority to strike down legislation. Herzog offered his own “People’s Framework” to both rebalance the branches of government in Israel and to…

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Would discuss lawyer chambers land allocation with government: SC 2023

Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it will discuss the matter of land allocation for attorney offices with the administration. The Supreme Court heard a petition from the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) to convert 1.33 acres of property given to the Supreme Court for the building of attorneys’ chambers. A three-judge panel led by…

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Kohelet head: Without judicial change, things will become worse 2023

Visiting the home of Prof. Moshe Koppel, the creator of Israel’s judicial reforms, is like stepping back in time. On the left side of his home’s entrance in Efrat, a settlement in Gush Etzion, is a bus stop sign from Gush Katif that was removed after the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza. The sign lists defunct…

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Chinese FM asks US anti-China politicians to avoid meddling in Hong Kong 2023

On Thursday, the Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) voiced strong displeasure and resistance to the so-called resolution on HKSAR enacted by US MPs, which deliberately undermines the Hong Kong national security law. The “resolution” interferes with HKSAR’s law-based government, contradicts international law and fundamental principles regulating…

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AIPAC endorses vulnerable Senate Democrats 2023

AIPAC PAC unveiled its first wave of more than 90 House and Senate endorsements for the 2024 elections yesterday, shedding light on the group’s strategy in what are likely to be some of the most closely watched races in next year’s elections, as well as how it intends to handle contentious issues pertaining to the…

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Netanyahu Rejects President’s Judiciary Reform Compromise 2023

On Wednesday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded negatively to a request made by President Isaac Herzog to mediate the contentious court reform. Following several weeks of debate among ministers of the coalition government, MPs of the opposing party, and legal experts, the plan was finally put up. Herzog issued a stern warning, stating…

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EU inspectors attend Lebanon central bank governor corruption hearing – court sources 2023

According to two legal sources, the governor of Lebanon’s central bank, Riad Salameh, was present at a court hearing in Beirut on Thursday with European investigators who are looking into the possibility that he misappropriated millions of dollars worth of public cash. It is the first time Salameh has appeared in front of French and…

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