Tag - supreme-court



U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and his wife, Martha-Ann, visit the Capitol Rotunda as the Reverend Billy Graham lay in honor there in February 2018.
WORLD / Politics
May 18, 2024
Display at Alito’s home renews questions of U.S. Supreme Court’s impartiality
News of a popular “Stop the Steal” symbol on the justice’s front lawn led jurists and politicians to express concerns about coming court decisions.
Eri Nakaya, one of the plaintiffs who have appealed a high court ruling on same-sex marriage, speaks to reporters in Sapporo on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 25, 2024
Same-sex couples appeal Sapporo court ruling rejecting compensation
The court upheld a verdict that said nonrecognition of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional but rejected a claim for damages totaling ¥6 million.
Demonstrators rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on March 18 as justices hear arguments on whether the 
government has the right to encourage social media companies to remove content it deems misinformation. 
Mar 19, 2024
It's just fine if public officials block you on social media
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision should reduce the frequency of litigation over social-media blocking. But it won’t eliminate it altogether.
With the rise of populist, anti-democratic political movements and parties, many democracies are increasingly relying on the courts to uphold their constitutional order.
Mar 3, 2024
Judgment days for democracy
Populist politics have increasingly strained many countries’ constitutional orders, leading to more instances of courts asserting themselves.
Construction work for the relocation of the U.S. Marines Air Station Futenma is undertaken in the Henoko are of Nago in Okinawa Prefecture in January.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 2, 2024
Top court nixes Okinawa governor's appeal against U.S. base landfill
The decision is likely to be seen as an endorsement for continued work at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma relocation site in Nago.
The Supreme Court is considering reviewing a high court judgment that the same-sex partner of a murder victim is ineligible for survivor benefits.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 18, 2024
Supreme Court may review judgement against benefits for same-sex partner
The review would mark the first time the Supreme Court makes a decision regarding the issue of public benefits for a same-sex partner.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump campaigns in Waterloo, Iowa, on Dec. 19.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Dec 30, 2023
Trump ballot fights put pressure on Supreme Court to act soon
The case would be unprecedented and brings Trump’s conduct after losing the 2020 election back to the forefront of his likely 2024 rematch with Biden.
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington
WORLD / Politics
Dec 23, 2023
Push to disqualify Trump pits democracy against the rule of law
Trump’s status as the Republican front-runner for the presidential nomination has created severe tensions.
U.S. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in her chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington in 2003.
Dec 2, 2023
Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice, dies at 93
The court said in a statement that O'Connor died in Phoenix of complications related to advanced dementia and a respiratory illness.
Plaintiffs filing damages lawsuits over forced sterilization under the now-defunct eugenic protection law head to the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 2, 2023
Grand Bench of top court to rule on forced sterilization damages
Five district courts have found the old law to be unconstitutional, but all rejected damages claims citing the statute of limitations.
Lawyers Kazuyuki Minami (left) and Masafumi Yoshida (right) representing a transgender woman show off signs that say "unconstitutional" and "sent back" to a lower court, during a news conference Wednesday in Tokyo after a Supreme Court decision.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 25, 2023
Supreme Court hands down landmark decision on transgender rights
A law requiring sterilization surgery to change a person's legal gender has been declared “unconstitutional."
Kanata Kimoto had his womb and ovaries removed in Thailand when he was 24, so he could have his legal gender status changed. Now he questions whether such an invasive and costly procedure was necessary.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 22, 2023
Calls grow to abolish Japan's surgery requirement for gender change
Between 2004 and 2022, a total of 11,919 people had their gender changed through the law in Japan.
The Supreme Court Grand Bench on Wednesday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 18, 2023
Top court rules 2022 election vote disparity constitutional
The decision followed 16 rulings from lower courts, with one saying the gap was unconstitutional and eight calling it in a "state of unconstitutionality."
The decision by the Supreme Court's First Petty Bench will let stand lower court rulings that acknowledged the constitutionality of a legal requirement that Japanese who gain foreign nationality must give up their original citizenship.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 2, 2023
Supreme Court upholds Japan's ban on dual nationality
The eight plaintiffs, who live overseas, had argued that foreign nationality was necessary to facilitate their work and lives abroad.
Members of sexual minority groups and experts at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 27, 2023
Supreme Court may adjust requirements for gender status change
If the court deems the surgery requirement for a gender change to be unconstitutional, it is expected to pave the way for an amendment of the law.
A team of lawyers — which represent the plaintiffs of a lawsuit claiming that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet neglected their constitutional obligation to call a parliamentary session — walk to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Sep 13, 2023
Top court rejects claims over Abe's failure to call Diet session
Presiding Justice Yasumasa Nagamine at the top court's Third Petty Bench made the decision to dismiss the three appeals.
Construction work continues on Monday at the Henoko coastal area of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 4, 2023
Japan top court upholds ruling against Okinawa over Futenma move
The decision may accelerate the relocation effort, as it requires the prefectural government to approve design changes.
The Supreme Court in Tokyo
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 25, 2023
Japan's top court takes steps to ensure preservation of case records
The Supreme Court plans to work hard to change the mentality of court officials and prevent any recurrence of document destruction.
People embrace each other as demonstrators for and against the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down race-conscious student admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina confront each other, in Washington on June 29.
Aug 3, 2023
U.S. affirmative action ban spurs changes to college essay prompts
U.S. colleges are set to release their essay prompts this month when the common application used by many schools becomes public.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 11, 2023
Japan's supreme court makes landmark decision on transgender rights
In the first Supreme Court decision over bathroom usage by sexual minorities, the body ruled it was unlawful to restrict the use of bathrooms by a transgender woman at the economy ministry.


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