Lawyers, Litigants And Subordinate Judiciary Are Being Inconvenienced Due To Delay Caused In Digitisation Of District Courts: Delhi HC Seeks Response [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesLawyers, Litigants And Subordinate Judiciary Are Being Inconvenienced Due To Delay Caused In Digitisation Of District Courts: Delhi HC Seeks Response [Read Order] Karan Tripathi29 July 2020 9:23 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has sought response from the Finance Secretary of the Delhi Government on the proposals to digitise the District Courts which have been kept pending since 2018. The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has further directed that any correspondence exchanged between the District Judge (Headquarters) and the Delhi…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has sought response from the Finance Secretary of the Delhi Government on the proposals to digitise the District Courts which have been kept pending since 2018. The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has further directed that any correspondence exchanged between the District Judge (Headquarters) and the Delhi Government shall preferably be conducted electronically to save precious time and to ensure expeditious disposal of pending issues. The order has come in a writ petition seeking a direction to be issued to the District Courts to record evidence in pending matters through virtual hearings. Today, Mr Anupam Srivastava, who appeared for the Delhi Government, submitted that the two urgent proposals forwarded by the District Court to the Delhi Government relating to procurement of manual attached storage and routers, both essential for conducting Virtual Courts, have not been cleared as the financial implications of the said proposals is above ₹1 crore. The court was further informed by Mr Srivastava that the said matter has to be placed before the Council of Ministers for giving appropriate sanction. In addition to this, Senior Advocate Mohit Mathur, who’s the President of the Delhi High Court Bar Association, informed the court that the legal community and the litigants are facing great difficulty in participating in virtually matters listed before the Judges of the District Courts. DHCBA submitted that in the absence of adequate bandwidth, the judges are having to resort to using the software of CISCO Webex, which is a free app that provides a slot of 40 minutes at one time and halfway through the arguments, counsels get automatically delinked. ‘Delhi Government be called upon to take expeditious steps to clear the pending proposals referred to hereinabove, to provide seamless hearing in virtual courts’, Mr Mathur contended. In light of these submissions, the court highlighted: ‘We may note that all the pending proposals in question relating to the District Courts have been pending at the end of the Delhi Government since the year 2018. It is a different matter that due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation that occurred in March, 2020, courts have had to resort to virtual hearings. The need of the hour is to provide adequate bandwidth, Network attached storage and Routers, etc., to facilitate conducting virtual courts.’ The court further directed for this order to be placed before the Law Minister, Delhi Government, who is in the process of preparing a note on the pending proposal for being placed before the Council of Ministers.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Algeria starts COVID-19 vaccination drive with Russian shots

first_imgALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria has launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign in the city where the country’s first COVID-19 case was confirmed in March. The North African nation is using Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine, and a 65-year-old retiree received the first shot Saturday at a hospital in Blida. Health authorities were on hand for the event. Vaccines will get administered in all regions of the country starting Sunday with health care workers, elderly adults and other vulnerable populations. Algerians were frustrated this month by repeated delays after promises of an imminent vaccine rollout. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been convalescing from COVID-19 side effects for over a month at an undisclosed location in Germany.last_img

Rep. Argenziano offers blunt assessment of the legislature

first_imgRep. Argenziano offers blunt assessment of the legislature Rep. Argenziano offers blunt assessment of the legislatureAmy K. Brown Assistant Editor A tell-it-like-it-is representative from a mostly rural district. A high-powered lobbyist from Associated Industries of Florida. A bag of cow manure. How did these three things make for one of the most talked-about events of the last legislative session? Rep. Nancy Argenziano, R-Crystal River, discussed the “scandal” and more during the Elder Law Section’s luncheon at the Bar’s Annual Meeting. July 15, 2001 Assistant Editor Regular News Various media sources reported that during the 2000-01 legislative session, Argenziano had sent a bag of cow manure to Jodi Chase, who represents Associated Industries of Florida, “the cash cow in campaign contributions,” according to Argenziano.“There are lobbyists in Tallahassee who do a wonderful job,” said Argenziano, “and then again, you have some arrogant, pompous lobbyists who think they own the legislature, and they think they own you. They will bulldoze you.”According to Argenziano’s description of the events leading up to the manure delivery, a hotly contested bill was about to come before the House with which Argenziano and one other representative disagreed. Chase had garnered the support of almost every other legislator without much effort, Argenziano noted.“It’s kind of nauseating, because the leaders treat them differently,” she said.Chase told Argenziano that the bill was “in the bag,” whether or not Argenziano lent her support. To show just how confident she felt about the bill’s success, Chase paid a visit to Argenziano’s office while the bill was being debated, and laid down on her couch to watch the debate on television.“I got a call from my secretary while I was on the [House] floor,” Argenziano remembered. “She said, `Jodi Chase is lying on your couch.’ Now, Jodi Chase had never been to my office before.”Argenziano got the message loud and clear. Most lobbyists, during a heated debate, are still bargaining in the rotunda of the Capitol — not Chase — she was so confident with her “win” that she could stretch out and relax in her arch-enemy’s office.Argenziano decided to get even. She had a 25-pound box of cow manure gift-wrapped and delivered to Chase on the crowded floor of the Capitol between the House and Senate chambers.“She had expended so much bull that session that she needed a refill,” Argenziano mused.Argenziano wasn’t all laughs, though, as she discussed several issues of dire importance to elder law attorneys. The argument that sparked the feud between Argenziano and Chase centered around their conflicting views about the nursing home bills from last session. Argenziano wanted more emphasis on the quality of care provided by nursing homes, and Chase fought for caps on civil damage awards and for other cost-cutting measures that would compromise the level of care provided by long-term care facilities.“I used to think everybody wanted an agreeable conclusion,” Argenziano said. “But I’ve come to find out it’s all about tort reform.”To combat this burgeoning trend, Argenziano urged the elder law attorneys at the luncheon to talk to their legislators and the chairs of legislative committees.“You don’t realize the power you have if you lobby,” she told the luncheon participants. “You have an expertise in the field, and legislators need your advice. Republican or Democrat. It doesn’t matter.”The incoming chair of the Elder Law Section, Lauchlin Waldoch, mulled over the possibility of the section collectively bargaining during the next legislative session. Argenziano advised to get involved early on long before the session is in full swing.“Talk to the staff, call the staff, call the legislators, write a letter,” she said. “Participation is very, very critical. Elder care in the state of Florida needs to change.”With changes in Medicaid and Medicare, pilot programs are needed in the state to deal with the increasing number of elderly people, she said, and the legislature is falling behind.“I don’t find that we’ve done anything with health care other than sound bites,” she said, “and I don’t have a very bright outlook for the funding of programs in the near future.”She attributed much of the stagnation to political maneuvering on the part of high-ranking House and Senate members who use their influence to “force” newer members to vote with them on issues.“It happens in both parties. There’s this indoctrination process. There’s a cult-like activity. I was waiting for the Kool-Aid to be passed around,” she said. “There are some good people, and there are some real stinkers. There are not a lot of legislators who actually read the bills.” Rep. Nancy Argenziano “I never had a political agenda, and I still don’t today,” said Argenziano, a very vocal proponent of nursing home reform, as she discussed legislative issues of interest to elder law attorneys and answered questions from luncheon participants. However, the portion of Argenziano’s speech that had all eyes facing forward was her explanation of the legislative “scandal.” last_img

Heat on Dudus pals

first_img Share 20 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Heat on Dudus pals by: – June 13, 2012 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share In this June 24, 2010 file photo, US Drug Enforcement Administration agents escort Jamaican drug lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke from the Westchester County Airport to a waiting vehicle, in White Plains, New York. Coke, who pleaded guilty to US charges of drug and gun trafficking, was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Friday, June 8, 2012 in federal court in Manhattan. FOLLOWING an order by district judge Robert Patterson in New York last week that gangster Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke pay over US$1.5 million to the US Asset Forfeiture Unit, local law enforcement say they have intensified their search for the ill-gotten assets of confessed drug lord.Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds told The Gleaner yesterday that the civil processes contained within the ambit of forfeiture law and the Proceeds of Crimes Act (POCA) are being applied to confiscate some of Coke’s assets.Hinds said that the forfeiture efforts of the US and the local authorities are separate.“Our efforts are separate and apart from that seizure of coke’s assets being pursued by the United States, it is a parallel process,” he asserted.Hinds also said that relatives and associates of Coke who conspired to conceal the ill-gotten gains are under the radar of investigators.“We are moving to identify the assets and that takes some time and then you go for the freezing of these assets and then for confiscation, the truth is, it is not the shortest process.”“We are confident, that we will be able to confiscate some of these assets,” he added.Coke, a director of Incomparable Enterprise, a company which received many lucrative government and private contracts in Jamaica, was last week sentenced to 23 years in prison for drug related offences.Multimillion-dollar housesHe is allegedly the owner of at least two multimillion-dollar houses and several high-priced motor vehicles.At the time of his sentencing in the US last week, district judge Robert Patterson ordered Coke to pay over US$1.5 million to the US Asset Forfeiture Unit.“In connection with his guilty plea, Coke admitted to trafficking in over 3,000 kilograms of marijuana and l5 kilograms of cocaine in the United States … utilising even the most conservative wholesale values for those narcotics, US$200 per pound of marijuana and US$15,000 per kilogram of cocaine – the gross proceeds from the distribution of those narcotics is well in excess of US$1,500,000,” the prosecution successfully argued. In the meantime, Hinds said local investigators are “actively pursuing every means and opportunity to carry out civil recovery through the civil forfeiture element of POCA.” The senior policeman, however, noted that the process may be lengthy. He related the efforts of the police to seize millions of US dollars found in a refrigerator in Portmore, St Catherine nearly five years ago. “You will recall that the last major confiscation we had started was four years before it was finally concluded and that was the one with the frozen assets of US$1.5 million which was found in a fridge in Portmore,” said Hinds. “It took us five years. In 2010, the state moved to freeze Coke’s assets. At the time, attorney-at-law Paul Beswick accused the Government of attempting to seize the assets without giving the persons a fair chance to defend themselves. However, Michael Hylton, QC, the attorney leading the case for the Asset Recovery Agency, dismissed the allegations at the time. The Asset Recovery Agency went to court to freeze the assets of Coke, his mother Patricia Halliburton, his alleged girlfriend, Stephanie Gayle, businessman Justin O’Gilvie and others reportedly linked to the former west Kingston strongman. The assets of three companies in which Coke is listed as a shareholder, Incomparable Enterprise, Bulls Eye Security and Presidential Click, have also been frozen as the Government attempts to use the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to seize the assets. Under Section 33 of the POCA, a judge can allow Coke and the others access to their accounts for “reasonable living expenses and reasonable legal expenses”, except for the legal bills related to attempts to seize the assets.Jamaica Gleanerlast_img read more

Miss Samantha Marie “Sam” Boyer

Miss Samantha Marie “Sam” Boyer, age 28, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on June 27, 1990, in Long Beach, California, the loving daughter of, Tina Marie (Boyer) McCray and Kevin Roy Rice. She was raised in Vevay, Indiana where she was a 2009 graduate of the Switzerland County High School. Samantha enjoyed crafts, coloring and spending time with her children. Samantha will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends. Samantha passed away at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019, from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident on I-74 in Shelby County, Indiana.Samantha will be lovingly remembered by her mother and step-father, Tina Marie (Boyer) and Michael McCray of Vevay, IN; her father, Kevin Roy Rice of Indianapolis, IN; her children, Isabella “Bella” Marie Elaine Couch of Madison, IN, Thomas Jene Majors of Mt. Sterling, IN and Olive Kathleen Singleton of Madison, IN; her maternal grandmother, Delores Elain “Dee” (Charnell) Boyer of Vevay, IN; her uncle and aunts, Ralph Boyer and his wife, Michelle of Florence, IN and Carole Easley of Eugene, OR; her cousins, Sonya Watson and her husband, Aaron of Hanover, IN, Jazzmine Boyer of Florence, IN, Abby Boyer of Florence, IN and Rylee Boyer of Florence, IN and her best friend, Kristen Jester and her companion, Curtis Birge and her three children.She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Albert Gene Boyer, died March 21, 2015; her aunt, Debra Lynn Beatty, died May 5, 2018; her great-uncle, Floyd Ralph Boyer, died December 14, 1998 and her cousins, Floyd Gene Boyer, died September 17, 2012 and Shante Morales, died December 13, 2017.Friends may call 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.A Celebration of Samantha’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 8:00 p.m., by Rev. Mike Sawalich at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com read more

Football: Battle between Big Ten West Heavyweights looms

first_imgThe No. 13 Badgers (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) will match up with the No. 18 (6-2, 3-2) Iowa Hawkeyes in a jurassic-esque battle at Camp Randall between the dinosaurs of the Big Ten Conference.Losing to The Ohio State University, No. 1 in the newly released College Football Playoff rankings, prior to their bye week eliminated any of Wisconsin’s last hopes of clinching a spot in the College Football Playoff. Hope is not all lost for the Badgers, however. Wisconsin’s road toward clinching the Big Ten West and earning a spot in the Big Ten Championship continues onward.Football: Badgers forfeit CFP hopes, Big Ten landscape remains openFor the Badgers, taking down the undefeated The Ohio State University not once but twice was their last shot at Read…On the other hand, the Iowa Hawkeyes are looking to extend their two-game winning streak after defeating unranked Big Ten teams Northwestern and Purdue. The Hawkeyes remain winless against ranked opponents as they fell to Michigan and Penn State earlier in the season. But Iowa’s defense is still turning heads and begs the question if Wisconsin’s offense, specifically Jonathan Taylor, can still break free.Iowa’s defense has only given up 10.1 points per game, the lowest career average for head coach Kirk Ferentz. The nine touchdowns that the Hawkeyes have allowed up to this point in the season is good for the No. 2 spot in the nation in that category. Only Ohio State and Penn State have allowed fewer with six total.Football: Chase Young, Buckeye defense likely rob Jonathan Taylor of Heisman hopesIn order to win a trophy which has slowly become an award for college football’s best quarterback, Jonathan Taylor was Read…Besides the Ohio State University game, the Wisconsin offense has mostly been unstoppable. Junior quarterback Jack Coan ranks third nationally in pass completions with a rate of 74.5% so far this season. Star running back Jonathan Taylor also continues to average 126.1 rushing yards per game.Looking at the bigger picture, there are a plethora of similarities between these two teams. Wisconsin recruits scattered throughout the roster, old-style coaching and a typical Midwestern run-the-ball mentality are all present. These facts could be a cause for concern for the Badgers as they typically are the ones playing a unique style of offense in today’s college football landscape.The reality is that no game is an easy win and Wisconsin shouldn’t treat any game that way. The Badgers painfully learned that lesson after a devastating loss by one point in the final seconds to unranked Illinois.Football: The meteoric rise of Badgers quarterback Jack CoanThe rise of quarterback Jack Coan was a fast one and has Wisconsin Badger fans expecting big things from their Read…With the Badgers being back home in Camp Randall, they will surely be tough to beat. The odds are in favor of Wisconsin — that is, if they can hold up against Iowa’s defense. It couldn’t be more critical for Wisconsin to win this weekend so that they can continue to progress on the journey to the Big Ten Championship. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. Saturday and this game will not be one to miss.last_img read more