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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CARMEL RICKARD: Pay first, talk later?

Uganda’s supreme court should clear up confusion about the constitutionality of tax appeal prepayments, says the deputy chief justice

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CARMEL RICKARD: A step too far in bizarre Lesotho Covid case

A Lesotho high court judge has found in favour of an errant debtor while also making short shrift of his ‘untenable’ claim about courts and the Covid crisis

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CARMEL RICKARD: Uganda’s legal institutions flex their muscles

Uganda’s tax tribunal has found the revenue authority to be ‘outrageous in its defiance of logic’ in a tangle over an outstanding assessment

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CARMEL RICKARD: Crime crossover

A $2bn fraud perpetrated in Denmark is playing out in UK courts, where the Danish tax authority is suing more than 90 defendants

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CARMEL RICKARD: Auditor BDO taken to task by Zim court

International auditor BDO has been taken to task by a Zimbabwean court for a forensic report that was either biased, or ‘a case of incompetence’

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CARMEL RICKARD: Time tells against regulator in Uganda tax fraud case

A tax fraud case in Kenya has been stopped because the decision to charge the offender predated the revenue authority’s demand for payments

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CARMEL RICKARD: When it’s impossible to hold an AGM

There is a workaround if company AGMs in Uganda can’t take place as stipulated, thanks to a provision in the country’s Companies Act

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CARMEL RICKARD: SA divers in at the deep end after UK tax ruling

A supreme court ruling in the UK will make tax matters tricky for SA divers who work there. One, at least, could be on the hook for as much as R4m

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