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(This article deals with United Kingdom Legislation-Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishing of Offenders Act, 2012. It is intended for our readers in United Kingdom) On the 1st April 2013 the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishing of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) came into effect and implemented wide spread changes across the civil litigation, and specifically, the […]

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“Violence against women is an everyday reality, act now, always and forever before it’s too late”. -Anonymous Domestic violence is one of the crimes against women which is linked to their disadvantageous position in Indian society. Domestic Violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused or denied. Understanding Domestic […]

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“Teacher, teacher! The three of them called me ‘an animal with no brain’ in front of the entire class.” Brings back the memories of early school, doesn’t it? Your school teacher might not have taken it very seriously, but a court in Gwalior did. On February 14, the Gwalior Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High […]

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“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me…”                                                                                           – ADR. We had adopted the common law legal system from the British, which we practice now. Under this system, what usually happens is that there are two disputed parties and the court is set in motion by the one that is […]

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Public awareness of medical negligence in India is growing. The lucky doctors of past were treated like god and people revered and respected them. We witness today the fast pace of commercialization and globalization on all spheres of life and the medical profession is no exception to these phenomena. The medical profession has reached new […]

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    It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive. ~Earl Warren The prime objective of first information report or FIR  is to set criminal law in motion. Information can be made regarding commission of two kinds of offences 1. Cognizable 2. Non-cognizable. Section 154 of IPC deals with information […]

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Introduction Justice Gordon Hewart while delivering the landmark judgement of Rex v. Sussex, had remarked that “not only must justice be done; it must also be seen to be done.” Thus it would not be wrong in concluding that the rule of law prevails in providing not merely access to justice but in providing “Access to law”. There […]

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 “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” -Dalai Lama Right to Information is one of the most important legislations of recent times, given the growing rate of corruption in India and the desperate need for accountability and transparency. RTI is your Fundamental Right! RTI was declared a Fundamental Right […]

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Introduction The sexual offences were covered under Indian Penal Code (IPC). But the IPC did neither provide for all types of sexual offences against children, nor did it distinguish between adult and child victims. So a special law was enacted by Lok Sabha on 22nd May, 2012 called ‘The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences […]

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