CARMEL RICKARD: A ‘just in case’ tax

Uganda’s tax authority is on the hook for the equivalent of an R87m payout, after imposing an invented ‘domestic VAT’ levy on importers

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CARMEL RICKARD: Lawfare in Zimbabwe

In the ongoing matter of her fitness to hold office, judge Erica Ndewere has requested her colleagues recuse themselves from presiding over her case

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CARMEL RICKARD: No justice in Zimbabwe

In circumventing due process around the suspension of a Zimbabwean judge, Emmerson Mnangagwa has blurred the line separating state powers

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CARMEL RICKARD: Kenya’s tax authority told to eat its words

Kenya’s appeal court has found the country’s tax authority to be ‘unfair and unreasonable’ in a dispute over import duties four years after the fact

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CARMEL RICKARD: Mind the gender gap

Canada’s women Mounties not only get their man, they now get a better deal after a court ruled that certain job-sharing provisions were discriminatory

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CARMEL RICKARD: Sadc’s new tribunal lacks clout

Sadc’s new tribunal lacks the clout of its predecessor, but it’s heartening to see it set right some injustices arising from the disbanding of that body

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CARMEL RICKARD: Sex and justice in UK courts

The UK courts regularly hear claims for asylum from those persecuted for their sexual orientation. An SA woman’s case is among the most recent

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CARMEL RICKARD: Covid dodge defeated

Uganda’s high court has found that the minister of energy used the lockdown to bypass due process to push through a new electricity regulation

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CARMEL RICKARD: Kenya’s gender battle

The chief justice has advised that parliament be dissolved after its repeated failure to give effect to a rule on gender representivity

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CARMEL RICKARD: Judges must speak out against injustice

It’s concerning when judges stay silent in the face of horrific crimes, limiting their response to a mechanical interpretation of the law

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CARMEL RICKARD: A legal slapp down

The Canadian supreme court has ruled against a developer for using the courtroom as a means of stifling democratic expression

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CARMEL RICKARD: US gets selective in lawfare

The US decision to sanction International Criminal Court lawyers undermines an investigation into allegations of crimes by its own military in Afghanistan

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CARMEL RICKARD: Collision course between executive and judiciary

Courts have set aside election results and forced a re-run in two African countries, ramping up tensions between the executive and judiciary

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CARMEL RICKARD: Justice delayed as court backlogs take on monstrous proportions

A decision against a ‘virtual trial’ may have implications for the administration of justice during the pandemic — and add to backlogs in SA’s courts

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CARMEL RICKARD: SA’s judiciary on the wrong side of the law

When it comes to the court of public opinion, SA’s judiciary isn’t rated particularly highly, according to an Afrobarometer survey

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CARMEL RICKARD: Zimbabwe’s wall of silence

A lack of written judgments in Zimbabwean courts has serious implications for accountability and the protection of citizens’ constitutional rights

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