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Hong Kong courts groan under weight of protest trials

Fpo - Hong Kong's courts are clogged with a backlog of protester trials nearly a year after an explosion of huge pro-democracy rallies, with hundreds of mostly young demonstrators facing the prospect of lengthy jail terms.

Judges rebuke Macron for criticism over case of murdered Jewish woman

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron drew a sharp rebuke from the country's top magistrates on Monday for criticising a court ruling on the 2017 murder of a Jewish woman in Paris.

Top judge in protest-hit Hong Kong defends legal system

Fpo - Hong Kong's top judge on Monday delivered a passionate defence of the city's legal system as it struggles with a backlog of protester trials and accusations of bias from all sides.

Bangladesh orders arrest of 'fugitive' ex-chief justice

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court ordered the arrest Sunday of former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and 10 others on charges alleging they embezzled nearly half a million dollars, a prosecutor said.

Bulgaria's new chief prosecutor appointed despite protests

Sofia - Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev on Tuesday signed off the controversial appointment of the sole nominee for the role of chief prosecutor, despite his own objections and months of street protests.

Bulgaria appoints new chief prosecutor amid protests

Sofia - Bulgaria on Thursday appointed a new chief prosecutor despite months-long protests against the sole nominee for the post.

Turkish lawyers threaten boycott of Erdogan's courts ceremony

Istanbul - Dozens of Turkish bar associations are threatening to boycott President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's planned ceremony to open the judicial year at the presidential palace, saying it would be another violation of the judiciary's independence.

Every night, jail becomes home for leading Egyptian dissident

Apo - The days and nights of Alaa Abdel Fattah, Egypt's leading dissident, follow a disorienting rhythm where he is freed every morning from a filthy police cell and then jailed again at sunset.

Algeria magistrates to boycott election

Alger - Algeria's magistrates, who play a key role overseeing the country's elections, said Saturday they would boycott a July 4 presidential election in support of the protest movement.

EU's Timmermans denies Polish minister's 'bias' charge

Warsaw - European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans hit back Sunday at accusations of political bias from Poland's right-wing government, as he campaigned as a Socialist candidate for May's European elections.

EU launches new action against Poland to protect judges

Apo - The EU on Wednesday launched fresh action against Poland over its controversial judicial reforms, saying a new disciplinary regime for judges would have a "chilling effect" on legal freedoms.

EU launches new action against Poland to protect judges

Apo - The EU on Wednesday launched fresh action against Poland over its controversial judicial reforms, saying a new disciplinary regime for judges would have a "chilling effect" on legal freedoms.

US studying Turkey's demands to extradite preacher

Washington - The United States is studying Turkey's demands for the extradition of preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup attempt, the State Department said Thursday.

Corruption trial of senior Kenyan judge suspended

Nairobi - The corruption trial of Kenya's deputy chief justice, the country's second-highest judge, was suspended Wednesday amid a barrage of legal petitions at various courts.

Corruption trial of senior Kenyan judge suspended

Nairobi - The corruption trial of Kenya's deputy chief justice, the country's second-highest judge, was suspended Wednesday amid a barrage of legal petitions at various courts.

Senior Kenyan judge arrested in graft probe

Nairobi - Kenya's deputy chief justice, the country's second highest judge, was arrested Tuesday on corruption charges.

Poland moves to name new judges despite EU concerns

Warsaw - Polish officials on Wednesday moved to speed up the appointment of new judges to the Supreme Court despite objections at home and from the European Union.

EU ramps up pressure on Poland over court reform

Apo - The European Union on Tuesday stepped up its legal threats to Poland over its controversial Supreme Court reforms, giving Warsaw one month to comply or risk being hauled before the bloc's top court.

EU ramps up legal threat to Poland over court reform

Apo - The EU on Tuesday stepped up its legal threats to Poland over its controversial supreme court reforms, giving Warsaw one month to comply or risk being hauled before the bloc's top court.

Top Polish court halts disputed judge retirements

Warsaw - Poland's Supreme Court on Thursday said it was suspending the forced early retirement of judges over the age of 65, adding that it had asked the European Court of Justice to weigh in on the matter.

Romania faces long search for new anti-graft tsar

Bucharest - Romania faced a long search Friday for a new anti-corruption chief following the controversial sacking of star prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi earlier this month.

Poland's Senate approves Supreme Court changes

Warsaw - Poland's Senate approved early Wednesday a controversial bill to reform the Supreme Court in a move that critics say puts the judicial system under government control and is a threat to the country's democracy.

Poland speeds changes to Supreme Court amid EU row

Warsaw - Poland adopted legislation Friday aimed at speeding up the process of replacing the country's disputed Supreme Court chief justice who has refused to step down under a retirement law the EU has called a threat to judicial independence.

Poland's 'retired' top judge back at work

Warsaw - Poland's disputed Supreme Court chief justice returned to work on Tuesday, defying a retirement law she argues is unconstitutional, as the EU country's rightwing government moved to speed up the process of replacing her.

Romanian president sacks anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Monday finally dismissed top anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi after long resisting attempts to remove her by the country's left-wing government.

Romanian president sacks anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Monday finally dismissed top anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi after long resisting attempts to remove her by the left-wing government.

Poland standoff deepens as president disputes top judge's tenure

Warsaw - The standoff over Poland's Supreme Court intensified Thursday as the president insisted its chief justice Malgorzata Gersdorf must retire under a law she has rejected as unconstitutional and the EU has criticised as a threat to judicial independence.

Polish PM defends justice reforms to sceptical EU

Strasbourg - Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki defended Warsaw's controversial judicial reforms to a doubtful European Parliament on Wednesday, saying the overhaul was his government's right.

Top Polish judge defies 'purge'

Warsaw - Poland's disputed top judge showed up at work on Wednesday in defiance of a retirement law pushed through by the right-wing government but criticised by the EU as a threat to judicial independence.Chanting "Free courts!", "Constitution!

Polish Supreme Court's top judge to defy 'purge'

Warsaw - Poland's Supreme Court chief justice has vowed to show up at work on Wednesday in defiance of a retirement law pushed through by the right-wing government but criticised by the EU as undermining judicial independence.
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