The Practical Experience of Chinese Courts in Promoting Judicial Integrity
September 10, 2020

The Practical Experience of Chinese Courts in Promoting Judicial Integrity

Since ancient times, China has always advocated for a culture of integrity. The famous philosopher Confucius once said, "An intellectual who inspires himself in the pursuit of truth, but is ashamed of old clothes and coarse food, is not worth consulting." Attaching great importance to judicial integrity, China's Chief Justice Zhou Qiang clearly points out that "Judicial corruption should be resolutely punished with a zero-tolerance attitude." The  Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China and the  Judges Law of the People's Republic of China have made provisions for the corrupt behaviour of judges, such as the perversion of justice for bribes and abuse of power.

Additional Judicial Challenges Faced by Transitioning Democracies
July 16, 2020

Additional Judicial Challenges Faced by Transitioning Democracies

After independence, Montenegro adopted its constitution in 2007. The highest legal act of an independent and sovereign state of Montenegro, for the first time, stipulated that Montenegro was a state based on the rule of law. It is this constitutional determination that has directed our country to make fundamental changes to its own state system, in order to create democratic state institutions dedicated to the protection and respect of human rights and the fight against all forms of crimes.

At HLPF 2020, UNODC partners highlight key, multidimensional approaches being taken by Doha Declaration in promoting peace, justice and SDG 16
July 10, 2020

At HLPF 2020, UNODC partners highlight key, multidimensional approaches being taken by Doha Declaration in promoting peace, justice and SDG 16

As the main United Nations platform on sustainable development, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is an annual gathering of Member States designed to follow-up and review the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As in previous years, HLPF 2020 offers a platform to debate issues impacting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including successes and challenges; however, unlike former gatherings, this year has seen a largely virtual format, in response to COVID-19.

The Supreme Courts Efforts to Prevent COVID-19s  Entry into the Federated States of Micronesia
July 6, 2020

The Supreme Court's Efforts to Prevent COVID-19's  Entry into the Federated States of Micronesia

As of May 1, 2020, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). On 3 April 2020, the Supreme Court joined the FSM National Government and the four State Governments efforts to keep the coronavirus out of the FSM. The Supreme Court issued Emergency Order No. 1, in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Rising to the Challenges of COVID-19
June 29, 2020

Rising to the Challenges of COVID-19

Court cases in Mauritius are traditionally heard in open court with legal advisers, litigants, witnesses as well as the court staff in attendance. In regular circumstances, the public also has physical access to the courts and the administrative sections during office hours. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges to previous methods and pushed the judiciary to expand its virtual operations.

The Government of Mauritius initiated a lockdown on 20 March 2020 under section 79 of the Public Health Act to curb the spread of COVID-19. It is an extraordinary measure that could limit or suspend fundamental rights and freedoms. All public and private businesses were closed, but the Courts continued operations as one of the 'essential services' for the hearing of urgent cases.