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Juvenile justice in Nepal: Legal challenges and solutions, by Aastha Pokhrel (ae 25/06/2024)

SC issues interim order in favor of Phanindra Devkota, halts disciplinary action (kh 24/06/2024)

Suspended Judge Giri gets seven-year jail sentence in rape case (kh 11/06/2024)

Hearing of writ petition against Koshi government canceled (kh 09/06/2024)

Court orders fair compensation for land affected by transmission lines : Providing compensation for the land where a transmission tower stands alone is not enough. It should follow justifiable compensation for the right of way as well, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/06/2024)

Politicization of Nepal’s judiciary is entrenched, by Kiran Paudel (ae 07/06/2024)

SC overturns order of former CIAA Chief Karki to Investigate Dixit duo, confiscate Madan Puraskar Land (kp 04/06/2024)

BAR: Your Honor!, by Anupam Bhattarai (ae 04/06/2024)

Hearing on petition against Home Minister Lamichhane postponed today as well (rep 30/05/2024)

Analyzing SC’s decision on marital rape : Failing to recognize marital rape as a heinous crime will dissuade victims from seeking justice, by Harsh Mahaseth and Dikshya Adhikari (rep 24/05/2024)

Supreme Court allows writ petition against letter aiming to shield Lamichhane : Attorney General’s Office on May 7 issued him a letter saying there are no cases against him in cooperatives fraud (kp 23/05/2024)

SC orders registration of writ petition against Home Minister Lamichhane and Attorney General Dr. Pokharel (rep 22/05/2024)

SC directs implementation of employment plan for sidewalk vendors (kh 17/05/2024)

Case filed against Mayor Shah and City Police Chief Raju Pandey in Kathmandu District Court (rep 17/05/2024)

Inviting judicial overreach : We repeatedly see that the court is being asked to rule on what are essentially political disputes (kp 16/05/2024)

Is judicial supremacy trumping constitutional supremacy in Nepal? Judiciary must be the last resort to decide the country’s political course, but trend is just the opposite, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/05/2024)

Patan High Court grants clean chit to Sandeep Lamichhane in rape case (kh 15/05/2024) [And what about the victim?], Patan High Court clears Lamichhane of rape charge : Bench says the victim was not a minor at the time, and there was insufficient evidence to confirm rape, by Binod Ghimire and Dil Kumar Ale Magar (kp 16/05/2024) [A disconcerting judgement that smacks of patriarchal thinking and celebrity protection!

Analysis of judicial precedents on medical negligence within Nepal's legal framework, by Sachin Kumar Lohani (rep 14/05/2024)

SC launches online registration of cases (rep 14/05/2024)

SC orders confiscation of excessive land above ceiling not utilized by tea estate (rep 12/05/2024), Kathmandu Mayor Balen calls for action against UML Chair Oli in Tea Estate Case (kh 12/05/2024)

Sunil Paudel receives nine-year jail term and Rs 230 million fine in corruption case (kh 07/05/2024)

Patan High Court defers cricketer Lamichhane’s case : Lamichhane's cause list "cancelled" for today (kh 05/05/2024)

Court quashes petition against Adhikari’s appointment as chief minister : The apex court suggests resolving the dispute through floor test from the provincial assembly (kp 30/04/2024)

Supreme Court launches suo moto contempt case against news website : Fabricated content published by aims to tarnish judiciary’s image and integrity, petition claims (kp 29/04/2024), Contempt of case filed against sidhakura (ae 29/04/2024), Sidhakura content is prima facie a bid to defame judiciary: Court. Police told to probe the audio-visual content within 15 days  (kp 30/04/2024), Every state organs must function well, by Jagadish Dahal (ae 02/05/2024)

Biratnagar High Court orders Krishna Das Giri to appear before court within one month in disciple rape case (rep 29/04/2024)

Hearing on Sandeep Lamichhane’s case postponed again (kh 28/04/2024)

Special Court orders judicial custody for Sunil Paudel over illegal wealth acquisition charges  (rep 26/04/2024)

SC hearing on fake Bhutanese refugees case involving ex-deputy PM Rayamajhi today (rep 25/04/2024)

SC issues show cause order in Gaur Massacre case (kh 24/04/2024), Top court intervenes in Gaur massacre case : The Supreme Court orders the Rautahat District Police Office and the District Attorney’s Office to furnish written clarifications for not investigating the mass killing of 2007 (kp 25/04/2024)

SC to hear case against former Speaker Sapkota’s alleged involvement in murder (kh 24/04/2024), Hearing on 'murder' case against Agni Sapkota scheduled in SC after 17 years, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 29/04/2024)

Patan High Court issues short-term interim order to halt selection process of NTB’s CEO (rep 24/04/2024)

SC issues short-term interim order to govt and TU not to take immediate action against TU legal advisor Khanal (rep 24/04/2024)

Court scraps provision to publish public procurement notices only through e-medium : A division bench of the top court repealed the provision as it contradicted the existing legal provision (kp 24/04/2024)

NC lawmaker Gurung’s suspension lifted (rep 24/04/2024)

Equality under the Law: Examining Legal Principles across Different Scales, by Saroj Bhattarai (rep 22/04/2024)

Special Court convicts Sunil Paudel in corruption case related to National Payment Gateway : Eight, including Secretary Marasini, acquitted (kh 19/04/2024)

SC issues show cause order regarding Gandaki CM Adhikari’s appointment (kh 10/04/2024), Top court bars Gandaki government from taking decisions with long-term consequences : The order issued by Justice Binod Sharma applies until a final verdict is passed (kp 11/04/2024)

Patan High Court summons both parties in cricketer Lamichhane’s case (rep 05/04/2024)

Labor Court’s head office to be based in Kathmandu (kh 04/04/2024)

SC dismisses both committees of NRNA (rep 04/04/2024) [Thanks to Nepal's political parties for their infiltration of even the most positive institutions!]

Supreme Court orders detention of suspended Judge Giri in marital rape case (kh 03/04/2024)

Supreme Court embarks on mission to clear cases older than five years (kh 02/04/2024)

Top court annuls suspension of convicted Congress lawmaker : Division bench rules the suspension of the corruption convict was against the spirit of the constitution and act relating to the parliament secretariat (kp 30/03/2024)

Trials and tribulations : Nepal must bring technology, critical thought and best practice to restore public faith in its judiciary, by Aastha Dahal (nt 29/03/2024)

SC orders release of Durga Prasai’s bodyguards (kh 26/03/2024)

SC asks govt to establish Juvenile Court within this fiscal year (kh 25/03/2024)

SC mandates affiliation for Durga Prasai’s B&C Medical College (kh 25/03/2024)

Enhance Legislative Accountability With PLS, by Suravi Rijal (rn 22/03/2024)

Conference of women judges begins on Friday (kh 22/03/2024)

Patan High Court overturns Election Commission’s decision on four RSP lawmakers (kh 21/03/2024)

SC orders govt to implement 45-year age limit for health service officers (kp 21/03/2024)

Court gives executive four months to set up juvenile courts : In their absence, rehabilitation of children is affected as regular courts often fail to properly handle the cases (kp 17/03/2024), Why a separate juvenile court hasn’t been constituted yet, asks SC, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 18/03/2024)

Attorney office challenges district court verdict on former cricketer Lamichhane : High Attorney Office Patan says punishment handed to Sandeep Lamichhane is insufficient, by Ghanashyam Khadka (kp 16/03/2024)

Court orders government to appoint leaderships at transitional justice bodies : The top court has given a month for the government to start the selection process (kp 13/03/2024)

SC to deliver verdict on 12-year-old case unheard for years on March 21, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 13/03/2024)

SC concludes President’s amnesty for murder convict Regal contrary to Rule of Law (kh 10/03/2024)

Top court cautions executive against arbitrary pardons: Recommends assessing convict’s jail time, remorse and health status for presidential pardon eligibility, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/03/2024)

Flaws of Supreme Court Bar, by Jagadish Dahal (ae 04/03/2024)

udiciary and Mental Health, by Diwakar Dhakal (kh 02/03/2024)

Judicial Council recommends dismissing two judges including Nava Raj Thapaliya (rep 25/02/2024), Judicial Council dismisses Judges Thapaliya and Niraula from positions (kh 25/02/2024)

Mediation Useful In Construction Disputes, by Mukti Rijal (rn 22/02/2024)

Over 150,000 cases yet to be settled (kh 22/02/2024)

Sandeep Lamichhane appeals to Patan High Court; seeks reversal of rape conviction (kh 22/02/2024), Sandeep Lamichhane granted permission to face case without custody (kh 22/02/2024) [???]

SC issues mandamus for timely resolution of children's cases (rep 21/02/2024)

Retain Public Confidence In Judiciary, by Anupam Bhattarai (rn 19/02/2024)

Delay in vital law enforcement denies judiciary financial autonomy : The court has to follow a complex bureaucratic process in order to meet some of its financial obligations, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/02/2024)

Media trials and their impact on the judiciary, by Diwakar Dhakal (rep 17/02/2024)

Clarity sought on ‘policy decisions’ as ex-ministers cleared in land scam : Bill to amend the CIAA law seeks to bar probe into such decisions of Centre and provinces without defining them, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/02/2024) [Impunity continues to apply to politicians without restriction. Is this what the government promises under ruthless investigation or should judges be subject to the instructions of the executive?]

Special Court slaps guilty with cash fines of up to Rs 8 million and two-year jail term (rep 15/02/2024)

Court sentences rape convict to 18 years in jail in Tanahu (kh 12/02/2024)

Alternative sentencing in Nepal, by Pradikshya KC (ae 12/02/2024)

A call for responsible legal practice, by Saroj Bhattarai (rep 10/02/2024)

Ichchha Raj Tamang sentenced to three years in jail and Rs 1.72 billion fine for money laundering (kh 04/02/2024)

Supreme Court says it cannot pass verdicts solely on the basis of media coverage : The court also raises questions over continued delays in advancing the transitional justice process (kp 28/01/2024)

Judges’ Role In Mediation Services, by Mukti Rijal (rn 25/01/2024)

District Court Judge Bhattarai resigns amid Judicial Council’s scrutiny (kh 21/01/2024)

Ex-NC minister Aftab Alam’s trial resumes from today (kh 14/01/2024), Hearing on Aftab Alam case postponed (kh 14/01/2024) [It's always the same!]

Rape trial in Nepal is an endless journey, by Sabina Acharya (nlt 10/01/2024), Kathmandu District Court sentences Sandeep Lamichhane to 8 years in rape case (kh 10/01/2024)

Differences widen between bar and Judicial Council over judges’ appointment : Nepal Bar Association is unhappy with the role of its representative at the council and says he no longer has its trust (kp 07/01/2024)

SC orders Nepal Airlines Corporation to cease discriminatory rules for cabin crew (kh 07/01/2024)

NBA decides to recall Judicial Council member Shrestha (rep 06/01/2024)

PM Dahal acquitted in long-pending defamation case (kh 05/01/2024)

Virtual Dispute Resolution Platforms, by Mukti Rijal (rn 04/01/2024)

SC refuses to release Ichchha Raj Tamang (rep 04/01/2024)

39 judges appointed, including nine lawyers, in high courts across seven provinces (rep 03/01/2024)

SC seeks detailed report of Patan High Court's order to send Rayamajhi and Pandey to jail (rep 01/01/2023)

Kathmandu District Court convicts cricketer Lamichhane of rape case involving a minor (rep 29/12/2023), Sandeep Lamichhane convicted in rape case: What is next? Minimum seven-year jail term likely (kh 30/12/2023), Sandeep Lamichhane to appeal at High Court seeking revision of conviction in rape case (kh 30/12/2023)

SC halts govt decision to celebrate Phalgun 1 as People's War Day, grant public holiday (rep 29/12/2023) [Why should an event be celebrated that resulted in thousands of dead, injured, tortured and disappeared people? To this day, the former perpetrators and people responsible for politics refuse to do justice for the victims! And the outcome of the insurgency is extremely poor almost 18 years after it ended.], Supreme Court quashes ‘People’s War Day’ holiday : Verdict is a blow to Dahal government’s effort to glorify the day it launched the insurgency (kp 30/12/2023)

Murder accused UML leader Koiree’s suspension waived off (kh 24/12/2023)

Why Mediation Services Fail In Nepal, by Mukti Rijal (rn 21/12/2023)

Parliamentary Hearing Committee approves nominees for Supreme Court justices (kh 20/12/2023), Parliamentary Hearing Committee endorses six nominees for Supreme Court justices : The House panel endorsed Saranga Subedi, Abdul Aziz Musalman, Mahesh Sharma Paudyal, Tek Prasad Dhungana, Sunil Pokharel and Bal Krishna Dhakal (kp 21/12/2023) [In support of the previous comment: 14 of the 20 judges of the SC are now Bahun, 13 of whom are male. Only three of the judges are women.]

SC issues interim order to reinstate Bir Hospital director Paudel, by Sabitra Sunar (rep 19/12/2023)

SC to review child sexual assault case against Actor Paul Shah (kh 16/12/2023)

Patan High Court orders Khand’s release on bail : Khand’s case was sent to a single bench after a division bench on December 1 couldn't give a unanimous decision on whether to continue his judicial custody or release him on bail, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/12/2023), Ex-Home Minister Khand set for release, faces Money Laundering Department (kh 15/12/2023)

SC rules BFIs to settle income tax dues on profits, dividends on merger, FPO premium within two days : BFIs under pressure to pay Rs 20 billion income tax on mergers and acquisitions and Rs 6 billion FPO premium by Friday (rep 15/12/2023)

MP Koiri acquitted in 2015 murder of police official : The Mahottari District Court, however, has slapped life imprisonment on several accused including Loktantrik Samajbadi Party’s provincial assembly member Abhiram Sharma, by Santosh Singh (kp 15/12/2023)

Hearing on case against Sandeep Lamichhane postponed (rep 10/12/2023) [Justice denied!]

Court issues arrest warrants against Chand, other leaders : Prime minister says the court move adds complications in mainstreaming Chand-led group (kp 05/12/2023)

Rukum District Court sentences 24 in Soti incident, imposes life terms held guilty for murder of six (kh 05/12/2023) [Sentencing the Hindu mania that the fundamentalists want to reconstitute as normal!]

Hearing of writ petition against TikTok ban put off citing lack of time (kh 05/12/2023), Hearing on Ncell tax dispute case postponed until February 27 (kh 05/12/2023) [???]

Communication ministry submits written clarification to SC over TikTok ba : The ministry says the decision to ban TikTok was taken after it became impossible to regulate activities on the social media platform (rep 04/12/2023)

Newly-appointed Special Court judges sworn in (kh 04/12/2023) [Thank God, only high-caste males. This maintains social non-inclusion!]

Fake Bhutanese Refugee Scam: High Court orders remand for eight people, including Top Bahadur Rayamajhi : Order to release Sandeep Rayamajhi and Rijal on bail (rep 01/12/2023), Two judges split on ex-minister Khand’s judicial custody : High Court upholds former deputy PM Rayamajhi’s custody. A third judge will decide on Khand, a former home minister, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/12/2023) [???]

Fake Bhutanese refugee case: Patan High Court concludes trial; verdict expected Friday (kh 30/11/2023)

Top court issues show cause notice in presidential pardons : A single bench of Justice Prakash Dhungana seeks the reasons for commuting remaining terms of three convicted of murder of eight policemen and a toddler in Tikapur incident (kp 24/11/2023)

6 student leaders convicted for beating and injuring TU teacher Chalaune : Nepal Student Union leaders slapped two-year jail (kp 24/11/2023)

SC issues show cause order against government on TikTok ban (rep 21/11/2023)

Judicial Council recommends six names for appointment as Supreme Court judges (kh 21/11/2023) [The names suggest that 85 per cent of the Nepalis are Bahun. Or how is this to be understood in terms of the prescribed social inclusion? The high-caste Hindu state fanatics will be delighted!], SC judges’ recommendations reflect political power sharing Chief Justice opposes PM Dahal's and Deuba's choices, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 21/11/2023) [So much for independent jurisdiction!], Council ignores hierarchy as it picks six Supreme Court justices : Officials report 'pressure' to make appointments such that lawyers cannot be chief justice, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/11/2023) [Especially in disregard of the urgent need for social inclusion!]

CJ Shrestha convenes informal meeting to discuss SC Judge recommendation (kh 21/11/2023)

Need for Judicial Reforms for Accountability and Efficiency, by Kalyan Shrestha (kh 10/11/2023)

Assessing clemency laws, by Jivesh Jha (ae 09/11/2023)

SC to begin hearing writ against release of Resham Chaudhary today (kh 09/11/2023)

Hearing on fake Bhutanese refugee case postponed (rep 09/11/2023)

Justices and justice : Delayed justice is becoming the norm as the case-load of the Supreme Court continues to increase (kp 09/11/2023)

Pokhara High Court issues interim order for 24-hour operation of Lakeside (rep 08/11/2023)

SC overturns President’s decision to provide amnesty to Regal : Orders Regal's immediate arrest (kh 02/11/2023), Yograj Dhakal “Regal” arrested (kh 02/11/2023)

SC issues show cause against lack of uniformity in fees in Nepali missions abroad (kh 01/11/2023)

Judicial committees need more teeth, by Krishna Man Pradhan (ae 01/11/2023), Boost Capacity Of Judicial Committees (rn 02/11/2023)

Family Court To Hear Matrimonial Cases, by Mukti Rijal (rn 19/10/2023)

Courts, with huge case backlog, go on two week leave : The judiciary leadership, however, does not fail to state clearing pending lawsuits is a priority (kp 16/10/20123) [????], SC to continue habeas corpus hearings during Dashain holidays (rep 16/10/2023)

Idea behind family bench in courts : Two dedicated benches at Kathmandu district court hear civil cases related to women, fast-track justice delivery, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/10/2023), Family matter : It is vital to examine the potential of expanding family benches to other districts with high populations (kp 18/10/2023)

Auditor of judges : Never forget that judiciary without accountability can be a threat to an independent judiciary, by Semanta Dahal (kp 15/10/2023)

Jeopardising judiciary : Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs under scrutiny, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (ht 13/10/2023)

Technology can revolutionize Nepal’s justice system. Here is how : As Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools offer many opportunities to reconfigure judicial activities, it is high time for Nepal to harness the potential of the tools, by Neera Giri (nlt 10/10/2023)

SC establishes dedicated bench for family dispute cases : Chief Justice Shrestha inaugurates initiative (kh 09/10/2023)

Battling the court backlogs : The judiciary’s failure to deliver justice promptly is tantamount to denying justice altogether, by Udayan Regmi (kp 06/10/2023)

Patan High Court refuses to register same sex marriage, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 06/10/2023)

Supreme Court demands original documents related to decision of paroling ‘Rigal’ : Bharati Manandhar, the spouse of Chetan Manandhar, whom Rigal had murdered in Banke, is in hunger strike demanding justice (nlt 06/10/2023)

NBA wants seven-year tenure for Supreme Court justices, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 01/10/2023)

SC orders demolition of all structures within 65 metres from Phewa Lake (ht 28/09/2023) [Including the former royal palace, right on the shore?], SC orders demolition of illegal structures built by Park Village Water Front Resort (rep 01/10/2023), ‘Dear Fewa, you have encroached upon us’, by Smita Adhikari ae 11/10/2023)

Refusing to grant citizenship in name of mother is unconstitutional: SC (rep 24/09/2023)

SC to deliver verdict in contempt of court case against PM Dahal on December 14 (kh 24/09/2023) [In almost three months??]

Sandeep Lamichhane’s hearing postponed yet again (kh 24/09/2023) [There continues to be no interest in justice for victims in Nepal, especially when the potential perpetrators are celebrities In this case, he is urgently needed for the cricket team at the Asian Games!]

Court vs Government: Nepal-India border regulation, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 22/09/2023)

SC orders to summon Amicus curiae in Nepali orthography case (rep 22/09/2023)

Controversy persists over judge appointments (rep 18/09/2023) [Just like politicians, judges are a socially non-inclusive lot!], Judicial Council appoints 36 district judges without examination, transfers 19 judges (kh 19/09/2023)

Only one candidate passes exams for 29 positions of District Judge (rep 17/09/2023)

Juvenile delinquency: Legal and practical gaps : Some children are held for crimes they did not even commit, and they do not know how to get out, by Shailu Sharma and Sadikshya Nepal (kp 15/09/2023)

Judicial Council recommends names of 27 candidates for appointment as judges in high courts (With List) (rep 15/09/2023) [Not a single woman and predominantly male Bahuns! Welcome to socially inclusive Nepal!]

SC mandamus to cost govt dearly, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 13/09/2023)

Why proposed revisions to Criminal Code have courted controversy : Critics say withdrawing cases from all tiers of court is an encroachment on the judiciary’s authority, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/09/2023)

Hearing of writ against Koshi government postponed : Justice refuses to hear the case (kh 01/09/2023)

SC hearings to be scheduled through automation system from today (kh 28/08/2023), Supreme Court launches automation system for case management : Despite some drawbacks, the system is expected to clear service seekers’ doubts about the judiciary’s intention, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/08/2023)

Court rules new Koshi Cabinet also unconstitutional : In its interim ruling, Supreme Court orders provincial government not to make important decisions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/08/2023)

SC issues interim order halting for Constituency Infrastructure Development Fund (kh 23/08/2023) [Another issue of political corruption finally stopped!], Court blocks pork barrel fund both in centre and provinces : Interim order questions if lawmakers doing the work of the executive would undermine separation of powers principle, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/08/2023), MPs criticise court order on constituency development fund : Constitutional experts, however, disagree with the lawmakers’ criticism, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 25/08/2023)

Parliamentary Hearing Committee unanimously endorses Shrestha as new CJ (rep 21/08/2023), President Paudel administers oath to newly appointed Chief Justice Shrestha (kh 22/08/2023), Key appointments, workload initial challenges for new chief justice : Bishowambhar Prasad Shrestha will helm the judiciary for 14 months until October 4, 2024, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/08/2023)

Political question, Your Honour! Many constitutional disputes presented before the Supreme Court show political and legal character, by Semanta Dahal (kp 20/08/2023)

SC questions President’s amnesty for Resham Chaudhary in Tikapur incident (kh 17/08/2023), Full text of SC verdict damns Resham Chaudhary, by Ram Kuamr Kamat (ht 17/08/2023), Court rules pardon in criminal cases under political cover illegal : The ruling would be considered while passing verdicts in petitions challenging presidential pardons, say experts, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/08/2023), Granting amnesty to those guilty in criminal cases unconstitutional: SC, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 18/08/2023)

SC rules sexual intercourse with underage girl not rape if couple is married (ht 06/08/2023)

Bishowambhar Prasad Shrestha nominated for chief justice : Shrestha will have 14 months to lead the judiciary before he retires, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/08/2023)

Constitutional Council meeting recommends Shrestha as new Chief Justice (rep 03/08/2023)

An Initiative To Ease Justice Delivery, by Mukti Rijal (rn 03/08/2023)

CC must act fast : The entire Judiciary is being weakened to serve the vested interest of the executive (ht 02/08/2023)

Supreme Court issues short-term interim order not to levy VAT on air tickets : The apex court has summoned both parties for discussion and has also asked the government to furnish a written clarification (kp 31/07/2023)

High Court orders EC not to implement decision to fine candidate Rs 15,000 (kh 31/07/2023)

Supreme Court unseats Koshi Chief Minister Thapa : A three-judge bench, however, refuses to reinstate UML parliamentary party leader Karki as the chief minister, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/07/2023) [The SC feels compelled to take such decisions because the executive and the political parties constantly flout law and order. The decisions on KP Oli and U. Thapa are just outstanding examples among many!]

Courts thwart Cabinet bid to protect assailants : TU teacher Prem Chalaune was brutally attacked by Congress-affiliated students three years ago and the case is still sub judice, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 28/07/2023)

Marrying an underage girl is child marriage, not kidnapping and hostage-taking: Supreme Court, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 27/07/2023)

SC orders start of another govt formation process in Koshi Province (rep 27/07/2023)

Political indecision results in severe shortage of judges : Supreme Court set to be without nearly a third of justices. Fifty judges’ positions are vacant in seven high courts, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/07/2023) [With such a competent and stable government, the judiciary is completely superfluous!]

Government mandates district courts to oversee cyber crimes but they lack expertise : Without the set-up and manpower for investigation, the move might do little to lessen the cyber bureau’s burden, by Anup Ojha (kp 24/07/2023)

Supreme Court rules commuting Koirala's sentence was wrong, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/07/2023)

Political influence on judiciary: Legislature on brink of collapse, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (ht 17/07/2023)

Government brings controversial bill to withdraw cases sub judice in court : Experts say bill gives unrestrained discretionary power to the government to drop charges without court’s consent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/07/2023) [Intending to prevent justice for victims as well as prosecuting politicians?]

KDC refuses to register same sex marriage despite apex court order, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 14/07/2023) [Contempt of Supreme Court by a subordinate court?]

Supreme Court Bar demands chief justice be appointed without delay : But a delay is most likely as the prime minister, who is in mourning, is unlikely to schedule a meeting of the Constitutional Council anytime soon (kp 14/07/2023)

Ban and regulate plastic bags, SC tells govt, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 09/07/2023)

SC quashes writ against GMR, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 08/07/2023)

Supreme Court gives green light to CIB for probing Fraud and Organized Crime (kh 07/07/2023)

Country sure to be without chief justice for a while : nother acting chief justice to head court after August 5, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/07/2023) [This is also a system so wanted and abused by the ruling political class that prevents legal stability!]

Lalitpur District Court judges seek security, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 05/07/2023)

Who are the Courts for?, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (rep 04/07/2023)

SC rules KDAO order banning protest at Maitighar Mandala illegal, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/07/2023)

For some groups experience can be lowered: SC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 30/06/2023)

Decide cases in time : Adjudicating cases quickly benefits both the prison system and the courts (ht 30/06/2023)

Lawyer arrested for thrashing Lalitpur District Court female employee (kh 29/06/2023), A lawyer-civil servant dispute stalls court proceedings nationwide : An advocate’s alleged assault on a court staffer sparks dispute between Nepal Bar Association and civil servants (kp 03/07/2023), NBA halts debate on cases other than habeas corpus petitions  across the country today (rep 03/07/2023)

SC rebukes KDC for delay : Orders the district court to adjudicate cases within three months, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/06/2023)

Judicial Council appealed not to make court recruiting center for relatives and cadres (kh 28/06/2023)

SC dismisses writ against RSP Chairman Rabi Lamichhane (kh 28/06/2023)

SC orders to register ‘contempt of court’ case against Mayor Shah, seeks a written reply from accused (kh 27/06/2023)

Mayor Shah has no right to put ban on screening Indian film: Patan High Court (rep 20/06/2023)

Court stays Cabinet move to drop case against Chalaune’s assaulters : A single bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Sharma ordered the defendants to clarify why the decision was taken (kp 23/06/2023)

Top court clears way for implementation of Citizenship Act amendments : The court’s latest order has cleared the way for thousands of children of parents who got citizenship by birth to acquire citizenship by descent (kp 23/06/2023)

Refugee protection : Though Nepal not a signatory, apex court draws from international laws (ht 22/06/2023)

Govt and court subservient to India; won’t allow Indian films to be screened in Kathmandu: Balen Shah (kh 22/06/2023) [Contempt of court? Presumably this young mayor believes he is above the law!], Balendra Shah raps court over order on Hindi film screening : Experts say Kathmandu mayor’s posture could be held in contempt of court and even cost him his public position, by Ghanashyam Khadka (kp 23/06/2023)

Kantipur-HISSAN education fair gets go-ahead from court : Allowing the resumption of the fair, the Patan High Court also ordered the Kathmandu Metropolitan City to return all confiscated materials (kp 21/06/2023)

SC orders removal of 500 hotels and restaurants around Fewa Lake in Pokhara (rep 21/06/2023), Pokhara Mayor announces to enforce SC order for Phewa Lake conservation (kh 25/06/2023)

Cyber crimes and banking offenses will now be tried in all district courts (kh 21/06/2023)

Chief Justice nominee Karki presents his vision to Hearing Committee : He may not get to implement his vision as he retires on August 5 (kp 16/06/2023) [Chief Justice for only one and a half months? That is a farce. This important state office needs more continuity!], Hari Krishna Karki unanimously endorsed as Chief Justice (kh 16/06/2023), CJ Karki has priorities, does he have time?, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/06/2023)

29 complaints filed against acting chief justice Karki : The complainants have claimed that as Karki has failed to maintain the dignity of the position as the acting chief justice, he shouldn’t be appointed the chief of the judiciary (kp 11/06/2023)

International body rules in favour of Nepal government in Ncell taxation case : The Axiata Group had filed a case at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in May 2019, claiming damages worth around Rs66 billion, by Krishna Acharya (kp 11/06/2023)

SC directs to register ‘war crimes’ related writ against PM Dahal and former PM Bhattarai (kh 09/06/2023), SC allows ex-child soldiers to petition against PM Dahal, former PM Bhattarai (ht 10/06/2023), SC orders show cause on writ filed against PM Dahal and Baburam Bhattarai (kh 13/06/2023), Court issues show cause notice against Dahal, Bhattarai over use of child combatants : It also directed the court administration to give priority to the case in the hearing process (kp 14/06/2023)

Nepal’s Citizenship Amendment Bill explained : Why it was blocked by the Supreme Court after the government sent it to the president for approval, by Shristi Karki (nt 09/06/2023)

Crucial disputes linger as Constitutional Bench fails to act : Chief justice-nominee Hari Krishna Karki is skipping the bench to avoid upsetting political parties ahead of his confirmation hearing in Parliament, experts allege, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/06/2023) [This does not speak for the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers that should exist in a democratic state.]

Experts call for a special mechanism for judicial reform : Chief justice himself should take initiative as the charter doesn’t allow the government to do so, they say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 07/06/2023)

SC demands govt’s written response on the writ against Resham Chaudhary’s amnesty (kh 06/06/2023)

SC issues interlocutory order not to implement Act on Citizenship (rn 04/06/2023), Supreme Court Issues Interim Order to Halt Immediate Implementation of Amended Citizenship Act (ht 04/06/2023)

SC rules on statute of limitation, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/06/2023)

Cultural Issues And Mediation, by Mukti Rijal (rn 01/06/2023)

SC receives writ against  Resham Chaudhary (kh 30/05/2023)

SC imposes six months of imprisonment in accidental death involving a two-wheeler, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 26/05/2023)

Writ petition filed at SC seeks to declare contradictory constitutional and legal provision for political parties null and void (rep 26/05/2023) [The Political Parties Act is in any case undemocratic in many respects and primarily oriented towards securing the power of top politicians!]

Court clears way for RSP’s Kansakar to become lawmaker in place of Shrestha : Dhaka Kumar Shrestha had moved the court against his party’s decision to sack him (kp 26/05/2023)

Petition filed demanding revocation of MP status of Rabi Lamichhane : The petition filed by Advocate Yubaraj Poudel was registered at the apex court on Wednesday (kp25/05/2023), There is a limit to irritate people : Lamichhane (rep 25/05/2023)

Prithvi Malla gets 4 years jail in vehicular homicide case : On May 2, Patan High Court convicted him of drunk driving and killing a pedestrian in 2019. Earlier, on March 22, 2022, a lower court had sentenced Malla to six months in prison, by Samuel Chhetri (kp 22/05/2023)

Justice delayed: Vacancies hamper three tiers of courts : Top court not only lacks chief justice but has five of the 21 justice posts vacant. Lower courts are understaffed too, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/05/2023)

SC asks proof of RSP President Lamicchane’s renouncement of US passport (rep 17/05/2023)

SC issues short-term interim order not to implement the decision to give 2 lakhs rupees to Maoist ex-militants (kh 16/05/2023)

Supreme Court sentences Resham Chaudhary to life imprisonment (kh 16/05/2023), Top court upholds Resham Chaudhary’s life sentence : He was handed life term by lower courts for links to the Tikapur lynchings in which 8 people were killed in 2015, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/05/2023), Resham Chaudhary is a revolutionary: Baburam Bhattarai (kh 17/05/2023) [??? When revolutionaries kill, it is a heroic act, when state forces do the same, it is a crime? By the way, dastardly crimes from the time of the insurgency, both those of the Maoists and those of the security forces, must be punished at all costs if the rule of law is to be secured!], NUP announces Nepal Banda from May 20 to exert pressure on govt to release Resham Chaudhary (rep 17/05/2023)

Impeachment move alone ‘no ground for suspension’ : The Supreme Court ruling may dissuade lawmakers from bringing such motions on a whim in the future, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/05/2023)

Judiciary advancing reform programs: Acting CJ Karki (kh 09/05/2023)

Tukucha is a river, not a sewer, rules Patan High Court : The court also ruled that compensation must be paid while demolishing any structures above the River as they are registered in the names of individuals (rep 08/05/2023)

Justice Karki recommended for Chief Justice (kh 08/05/2023), Constitutional Council nominates Hari Krishna Karki for new chief justice : Karki has been leading the apex court as Acting Chief Justice since October 5, last year, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 09/05/2023)

SC issues interim order not to implement RSP’s decision to sack its MP Dhaka Kumar Shrestha (rep 08/05/2023)

Rabi Lamichhane says court cannot examine Attorney General’s decision : The writ petitioner Yubaraj Poudel, however, claims the attorney general’s powers as stipulated by Article 158(2) does not apply in Lamichhane’s case, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/05/2023)

In a recession : There is no political consensus on boosting economy, creating jobs and unlocking public spending (kp), Appoint Chief Justice right away : A delay in the appointment of the head of the top court casts doubt on the judiciary's independence, by Dipendra Jha (kp 02/05/2023)

Court denies interim order against KMC’s eviction notice to squatters : Lawyers on both sides have interpreted the order as a decision in their favour, by Anup Ojha (kp 28/04/2023)

Development, protection of environment should go hand in hand, justices say : Judicial activism in Nepal has resulted in several court rulings related to environmental protection, according to the Supreme Court judges (kp 28/04/2023)

'Fake land squatters tried to take the law into their hands' (rep 22/04/2023)

Supreme Court orders Kathmandu Metropolitan City resume garbage from Singha Durbar  (nlt 21/04/2023), SC orders Kathmandu Metro to collect Singha Durbar’s garbage within 3 days (kh 21/04/2023)

Patan High Court issues Show Cause order against govt (kh 17/04/2023)

Court asks police to produce doctor who examined girl allegedly raped by Lamichhane : Court issued the order after finding that the statement produced in the court wasn’t from the doctor who had physically examined the minor (kp 10/04/2023)

SC issues show-cause notice over writ petition against ‘People’s War Day’ holiday (rep 06/04/2023)

Miscarriage of (chief) justice : Justices eyeing plum positions during or after active service risk eroding the independence of the judiciary, by Semanta Dahal (kp 06/04/2023)

SC issues Show Cause against OAG on Lamichhane’s passport dispute related case (kh 05/04/2023), Supreme Court issues show cause notice in Rabi Lamichhane passport case : Attorney general asked to furnish the reason for not lodging a case against the Rastriya Swatantra Party president (kp 06/04/2023)

CIAA challenges Special Court’s clean chit to ex-minister and 20 others : Anti-graft body claims evidence was ignored to exonerate those accused of corruption in Sikta Irrigation Project, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/04/2023)

The role of deputies : It is necessary to analyse the executive powers of the federal units provided by the constitution, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 05/04/2023)

SC receives writ seeking prosecution of RSP Chair Lamichhane (kh 02/04/2023)

Patan High Court orders KMC to stall demolition drive : On March 25, KMC had issued a notice ordering that structures built illegally by encroaching on public land be removed within a week (kp 31/03/2023)

‘How will there be justice when the court receives bribes?’ A girl, the child of loan shark victims, asked this question to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transportation Narayan Kaji Shrestha (nlt 29/03/2023))

NBA asks Acting CJ Karki to begin fully automated system (kh 28/03/2023)

Nepal’s Judiciary Under Federalism, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 25/03/2023)

High court upholds district court’s decision in acid survivor Aarti Shah case (rep 23/03/2023)

Courts overwhelmed by case backlogs, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 22/03/2023)

No need to prosecute Rabi Lamichhane: District Public Prosecutor’s Office (kh 19/03/2023), AG to not lodge case against Rabi Lamichhane on passport issue (kh 20/03/2023), Attorney General gives Rabi Lamichhane a clean chit : Nepal Police had held an inquest against the former deputy prime minister for holding dual passports and whether he had misused them (kp 21/03/2023), Lamichhane passport case: One can file writ petition at SC against attorney general's decision not to prosecute him, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 21/03/2023), Bibeksheel Party sees foul play in govt decision not to prosecute RSP prez Lamichhane in passport fraud case (rep 22/03/2023)

Special Court clears 27 defendants including factory owners of graft charges : Industrialists were charged with causing revenue losses by extracting more limestone than permitted (kp 18/03/2023)

Former minister Neupane slapped cash penalty of Rs 24.36 million and nine years jail in Fun-park lease scam (rep 10/03/2023), Former Minister Neupane labels Special Court decision as biased and unfair (kh 14/03/2023)

Supreme Court defers hearing in petitions against Prime Minister Dahal : A single bench of Justice Bishowambhar Prasad Shrestha was scheduled to hear two writ petitions seeking a criminal investigation against Dahal over insurgency-era atrocities (kp 09/03/2023), SC gives precedence in writ against PM Dahal : Orders to submit a written reply within 15 days (kh 10/03/2023), Petitioners’ lawyers present preliminary arguments in case against PM Dahal, order being prepared (rep 10/03/2023), Justice Khatiwada refuses to recuse himself from hearing case against PM Dahal (rep 10/03/2023), Supreme Court orders prime minister to furnish clarification within 15 days : But single bench of Justice Ishwor Khatiwada refuses to issue an interim order as demanded by petitioners, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/03/2023)

Supreme Court says Rabi Lamichhane passport issue will be resolved as per law : The Rastriya Swatantra Party chief can face a criminal charge if he is found to have simultaneously possessed passports of Nepal and the US, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/03/2023)

SC orders to register writ against PM Dahal (kh 03/03/2023), Supreme Court orders its administration to take petitions against Prime Minister Dahal : The petitions by two advocates demand legal action against Dahal, the chief of the Maoist Centre, for publicly claiming responsibility for 5,000 insurgency-era deaths (kp 04/03/2023), Maoist Center objects SC order to register writ against PM Dahal (kh 05/03/2023) [As far as I remember, PK Dahal indicted himself when he took responsibility for 5,000 deaths during the uprising. Politicians do not enjoy special rights, on the contrary!], Petitions holding PM Dahal accountable for Maoist War deaths and destruction: What next?, by Akhilesh Tripathi (rep 05/03/2023)

SC orders release of Lalita Niwas land grab scam’s mastermind Dhakal (rep 02/03/2023)

Five posts, including CJ, vacant in SC; increasing pressure of cases and workload (rep 01/03/1023), Judges who do not exist cannot pass judgements that are unpleasant for politicians!], 42 positions of judges vacant in high courts, 36 in district courts (rep 01/03/2023)

Actor Paul Shah to be released from Tanahun jail today (kh 27/02/2023), High Court acquits Paul Shah of child sex abuse charges : The order will free the actor doing time in Tanahun prison, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 27/02/2023)

Court hands down jail sentence to three convicted in murder of environment activist Dilip Mahato : Two convicts sentenced to a 25-year in prison, another to 12 years (kp 25/02/2023), Justice For Dilip, by Bini Dahal (rn 03/03/2023)

Supreme Court refuses to allow rape-accused Sandeep to go and play abroad (kh 24/02/2023), Supreme Court refuses to allow Sandeep Lamichhane to travel abroad : The rape-accused cricketer had appealed for permission to travel to the United Arab Emirates for a triangular series of the ICC World Cup League 2 that starts next week, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/02/2023), Rape-accused cricketer's case referred to SC division bench (ht 25/02/2023), SC grants Sandeep Lamichhane permission to go abroad : 'No need to re-incarcerate Lamichhane' (kh 27/02/2023), CAN preparing to send rape-accused Lamichhane to UAE today (nlt 01/03/2023) [And what about the possible victim?]

Writ filed at SC against decision of President’s Office to waive fines for local level candidates (kh 22/02/2023), Cabinet decision to waive fines of local poll candidates draws flak : Government had decided to exempt fines imposed by poll commission on candidates who failed to furnish campaign spending details on time. The decision has been challenged in court, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/02/2023) [Laws are there to be broken for the cultivation of corruption by government, parties and politicians!]

NBA  demands finalizing appointment of CJ immediately (kh 21/02/2023)

Why media should have the access to court proceedings : Media plays a crucial role in ensuring that the public is informed about what is happening in the courts. This is essential to the functioning of democratic society, by Bivek Chaudhary (nlt 19/02/2023)

395 jail birds, including parliamentarian Chaudhary given amnesty (kh 18/02/2023)

Murder hearing against Maoist leader Sapkota deferred for 45th time : Victims and rights activists say the top court’s deferrals are deliberate attempts aimed at protecting the accused, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/02/2023) [A case that raises reasonable doubts about the Nepali legal system and gives impetus to the suspicion of unconditional impunity for well-known politicians! The fact that people who have been on trial for capital crimes for many years run for elections and are repeatedly appointed to high state offices is evidence of a non-existent political morality! The fact that people who have been on trial for capital crimes for many years run for elections and are repeatedly appointed to high state offices is evidence of a non-existent political morality!]

Rudderless top court : The judiciary is not a matter to be sidelined, bargained for, or made a pawn of political powers (kp 16/02/2023)

Decision to slap fine on Balen stayed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 16/02/2023)

New law minister foils attempts to release Resham Chaudhary, by Tapendra Karki (rep 16/02/2023)

Three convicted in murder of environment activist Dilip Mahato : Dhanusha District Court Judge Chitra Bahadur Gurung found Bipin Mahato, Jitendra Mahato, and Munindra Mahato guilty of the crime (kp 16/02/2023)

SC hearing case against 52 constitutional appointments from today (kh 15/02/2023) [Ultimately, it is about the manipulations of Oli and Bhandari that contributed decisively to the loss of Nepal's GANHRI status!]

Suspended MP Chaudhary to be produced before court for statement today (kh 15/02/2023)

District Government Attorney Office decides not to file complaint against RSP Chairman Lamichhane (rep 15/02/2023)

DoI decision on German's visa overstay illegal: SC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 11/02/2023)

Oli and Lamichhane make disparaging remarks against the court : Experts say casting aspersions on court verdicts weakens the country’s democratic fabric, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 10/02/2023) [The disrespect for the constitution, laws and court rulings, which are also binding for politicians, reflect Oli's ideas about the rule of law!]

CIAA challenges Special Court decision at apex court (ht 10/02/2023)

Judicial committees of several Achham local units are plagued by lack of resources : Insufficient legal knowledge among the elected representatives is another hurdle faced by judicial committees, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 07/02/2023)

High Court refuses interim order to release MP Chaudhary (rep 07/02/2023)

Kathmandu District Court sentences Manoj Pandey to 7 years imprisonment in human trafficking case (kh 06/02/2023)

Pokhara High Court orders to present Paul Shah before court within 15 days (rep 06/02/2023)

Attorney general challenges high court on cricketer’s release : Demands ex-captain be investigated in judicial custody (kp 01/02/2023), CAN lifts suspension of rape-accused cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane : The executive committee meeting of the nation’s cricket governing body held in Pokhara on Tuesday decided to lift the suspension on Lamichhane, by Pratiksha Kafle (kp 01/02/2023) [Another example of disregard for the rule of law!], What about ‘Gaushala 26’? The survivor has been rendered invisible ever since she filed the case against Sandeep Lamichhane (kp 02/02/2023), Govt moves SC challenging release of cricketer Lamichhane on bail (kh 02/02/2023), Cricket: Sandeep Lamichhane included in national team (kh 02/02/2023) [????? Nepal increasingly an unjust state!]

Rule v Rabi : Questioning the apex court verdict for the benefit of one politician sets a dangerous precedent (kp 31/01/2023)

SC Verdict: Ruling For Course Correction, by Ballav Dahal (rn 30/01/2023)

SC orders restaurants, hotels not to collect 10 percent service charge (kh 26/01/2023)

Judicial Council may nominate new judges this week : Five of the 21 justice positions including that of chief justice are vacant at the Supreme Court. Of the total 33,466 cases, including backlog from previous years, the Supreme Court could clear just 5,689 cases in a year, which is way less than its own performance in the fiscal year 2020-21 (kp 25/01/2023)

Rape-accused Pandey found guilty (rep 25/01/2023)

Court orders removal of illegal structures built by Silver Heritage Investment : Silver Heritage Investment, a locally registered subsidiary of Silver Heritage Group, operates a five-star Tiger Palace Resort in Bhairahawa, by Sangam Prasain (kp 21/01/2023)

Promote Arbitration, Mediation, by Mukti Rijal (rn 19/01/2023)

Judge Bhuwan Giri’s wife stages protest, demanding action against him (rep 17/01/2023)

Tanahun District Court acquits actor Paul Shah : However, will not be released from prison (kh 17/01/2023)

Top court orders relocation of Gangahiti cremation site citing health concerns : The verdict also says there is a competing interest in the case as it is an individual’s choice to follow any religious belief and perform funeral rites as per their customs (kp 17/01/2023)

16 get life terms in two-year-old murders in Baglung : A violent clash during Holi celebrations had left two dead and six injured. The victims were pushed off a cliff by a group during a fight, by Prakash Baral (kp 13/01/2023)

Former CIAA commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak found guilty of corruption; Court slaps jail term and Rs 3.9 million in fine (nlt 12/01/2023), CIAA ex-commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak gets over 3 years in jail for graft : Lambodar Neupane, former chair of Nepal Engineering College, gets three years jail. Both ordered to pay a Rs3.9 million fine each (kp 13/01/2023)

Sandeep Lamichhane released on bail : On September 6, a minor filed a case against Lamichhane at the Gaushala Metropolitan Police Circle (nlt 12/01/2023)

Apex Court refuses to issue interim order in Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane’s case : The Supreme Court has said that the full hearing for the case has been scheduled for January 25 (nlt 06/01/2023), Court denies interim order in Lamichhane citizenship case : No bar for him to continue to work as deputy prime minister, lawmaker until final verdict, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 07/01/2023)

Why can't CIAA probe Cabinet decisions, asks apex court, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 05/01/2023), Govt and CIAA : The govt must take policy decisions only in the public interest confined to the existing laws (ht 06/01/2023)

Short of justices, Supreme Court’s work further slows : High courts have a 59.33 percent case clearance rate, district courts come second at 54.56 percent, while the apex court is last at 17 percent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/01/2023)

Kathmandu Mayor Balen Shah goes to SC against EC fine (kh 03/01/2023)

Mediation can help ease court case burden, by Jivesh Jha (ae 02/01/2023)

Constitutional bench to hear petition against Home Minister Lamichhane on January 6 ( rep 27/12/2022)

Let’s clean up the judiciary : Nepal can learn from the example of Kenya which has set up a judicial vetting system, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (kp 23/12/2022)

SC issues short-term interim order directing status quo on Kathmandu-Terai Expressway (kh 21/12/2022), Supreme Court bars Army from awarding expressway contract to Chinese company : The court has scheduled another hearing for Friday (kp 22/12/2022)

Nepal’s apex court orders release of ‘bikini killer’ Charles Sobhraj : Arrested in 2004, he was sent for a life imprisonment of 20 years by the Bhaktapur District Court (nlt 21/12/2022), Supreme Court frees serial killer Charles Sobhraj : Arrested on September 19, 2003, his life sentence would have ended on September 18 next year (kp 22/12/2022), Sobhraj to be sent to France today (kh 23/12/2022)

SC refuses to issue stay order against Rabi Lamichhane’s oath taking (kh 21/12/2022)

Impeachment conundrum: Making a mockery of the constitution, by Pushpa R Joshi (ht 19/12/2022)

Appointment of justices at SC stalled due to absence of parliament to conduct hearings (rep 16/12/2022)

SC rejects plea to stop prez from issuing ordinance (ht 16/12/2022) [??

A chronology of events behind controversies related to CJ Rana, who is retiring today (nlt 13/12/2022), Suspended Chief Justice Rana retiring today (kh 13/12/2022)

Impeachment motion annulment fans suspicions : Ruling coalition partners suspect that the Parliament Secretariat acted at the CPN-UML’s behest, by Anil Giri (kp 08/12/2022), Rana’s failed coup : Extreme caution is needed while appointing the next Supreme Court leader (kp 09/12/2022), SC directs not to implement Parliament Secretariat’s letter offering acquittal to CJ Rana (kh 09/12/2022), Supreme Court slams the door shut on suspended Chief Justice Rana : Some advocates say Rana impeachment motion is alive and new House will take it up, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/12/2022)

Nepal’s chief justice, suspended for months, prepares to return to Supreme Court : Six days before his retirement, suspended Chief Justice Cholendra Rana is returning to Supreme Court (nlt 07/12/2022), Nepal’s judiciary debacle: Escalation of tensions feared as the bar ups the ante against Chief Justice : Nepal Bar Association has staged protests to prevent the chief justice from entering the Supreme Court questioning the legality of parliament secretariat’s letter which declared the impeachment motion against CJ ineffective (nlt 07/12/2022), NBA hold emergency meeting after suspended CJ Rana prepares to go to SC (kh 07/12/2022), Only the parliament can decide CJ’s impeachment proposal: Shambhu Thapa (kh 07/12/2022), NBA lawyers stage sit-in at SC’s gate to bar suspended CJ Rana from entering (kh 07/12/2022), Police officials order not to allow suspended CR Rana at SC unless getting further order (kh 07/12/2022), SC receives writ demanding not to implement Parliament Secretariat’s letter (kh 07/12/2022), Cholendra Shumsher Rana on the latest controversies at Nepal’s judiciary : “When the government itself creates chaos and manages to stop me from entering the Supreme Court, there is nothing I can do” (interview) (nlt 07/12/2022)

Top court scraps writ petition related to impeachment of former chief justice Karki : The Constitutional Bench last week quashed the petition filed in May 2017, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/11/2022) [??]

Apex Court issues interim order supporting ‘No Not Again’ campaign : In the second hearing of the case, a joint bench of Justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Susma Lata Mathema issued an interlocutory interim order against the poll body’s decision (nlt 10/11/2022), SC asks EC not to take action on ‘No, Not Again Campaign’ (kh 10/11/2022)

Mediation Key To Social Harmony, by Mukti Rijal (rn 10/11/2022)

Constitutional Bench’s inaction holding up vital national issues : Supreme Court records show the last time the bench conducted hearings was more than two months ago (kp 15/10/2022)

Extra charge cannot be added to menu, court rules : A Kathmandu District Court verdict prevents businesses from adding 13 percent VAT and 10 percent service charge to the bill, as they have been doing, by Krishana Prasain (kp 28/09/2022)

Court seeks clarification on President’s refusal to authenticate citizenship bill : Petitioners want court to set precedent on the issue so that such problems don’t repeat (kp 26/09/2022)

Acting Chief Justice Karki retiring from today (kh 25/09/2022), Decision on retirement benefits for acting CJ flayed : Such a decision should be approved by the Parliament, not Cabinet, say prominent lawyers (ht 29/09/2022)

SC issues show cause order to defendants in writ related to tenure of Speaker and Deputy Speaker (kh 25/09/2022), Supreme Court issues show cause notice over Speaker’s tenure : Petitioner demanded that the court bar Sapkota from working as head of legislature since parties have filed PR nominations (kp 26/09/2022)

SC scheduled to hear petitions against President’s move to reject Citizenship Amendment Bill (nlt 23/09/2022),
The ball is now in Supreme Court as Sheetal Niwas and Baluwatar face off : A single bench to decide whether or not to send the petitions to the Constitutional Bench, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/09/2022), SC hearing on writs against President’s non-certification of Citizenship Bill fails to take place (kh 23/09/2022) [??], Verdict on petitions against President’s move unlikely before a month : As court goes on Dashain vacation from September 26 to October 9, it will not hear cases other than habeas corpus (kp 24/09/2022) [Take your time! What does it matter if the president, the prime minister or both of thm in close cooperation trample on the constitution and stage coups, as has happened repeatedly in the past two years?]

Chief Justice row may spark more confrontation as neither side ready to relent : Ruling leaders are in a mood to pile pressure on Cholendra Shumsher Rana to leave the official residence, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 20/09/2022),
Chief concerns : The manner in which the Chief Justice impeachment affair unfolded has been disheartening (kp 20/09/2022), Controversies Surrounding Suspended CJ, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 20/09/2022)

Rana impeachment row creates ripples after House term expiry : While the suspended chief justice argues the impeachment motion is now null and void with the end of the lower house’s term, some disagree. NHRC has weighed in as well, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 19/09/2022)

Parliament committee recommends impeaching suspended CJ Rana : Panel divided over proceeding; new parliament to take care of it (kh 18/09/2022), Suspended CJ Rana confined at home; police deployed to prevent him from entering SC premises (kh 18/09/2022), Nepal Bar stages a sit-in to prevent Rana from entering SC (kh 18/09/2022), House panel recommends suspended CJ’s impeachment : Rana, however, is preparing to return to the Supreme Court as chief justice, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/09/2022), Govt withdraws facilities provided to suspended CJ Rana (kh 18/09/2022)

House term ending without settling chief justice’s impeachment : Impeachment panel wants to submit its report today, the last day of lower house. The opposition has reservations, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/09/2022)

Rana promoted corruption in judiciary, lawyers tell impeachment committee : Accuse suspended chief justice of character assassination (kp 16/09/2022)

Former CJs say not enough evidence to summon them : No pressure on former chief justices to appear before House panel, says committee member (ht 16/09/2022)

Judiciary has been bought (ae 15/09/2022)

New parliament should take the ownership of impeachment motion ahead: Former Judges (kh 14/09/2022)

Suspended CJ Rana ties ex-PM Oli and ex-FinMin Poudel to controversial approval of SC building contract (kh 11/09/2022), Rana keeps shifting blame, charges ruling leaders with blackmailing him : The suspended chief justice seems to be buying time before the House term expires, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/09/2022)

What happens to motion against chief justice after lower house term ends? Suspended due to the impeachment motion, Chief Justice Rana might seek court order to return to work, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/09/2022)

Three justices recommended for Supreme Court : The nominees are chief judges Neeta Gautam Dixit and Binod Sharma, and advocate DN Parajuli (kp 07/09/2022) [What about greater social inclusion in judiciary?], Inclusiveness missing in judiciary (ht 11/09/2022)

Impeachment probe likely to linger as election fever grips panel members : The committee has decided to stick to the remaining 32 questions that have been readied for the suspended chief justice to answer. So far, they have asked only 11 questions, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/09/2022)

“Judicial commission a must to address problems of intermediaries in courts”, interview with Gopal Krishna Ghimire (kh 04/09/2022)

Suspended chief justice defends himself before impeachment panel : Rana accuses parties, justices and lawyers of conspiring to oust him. Impeachment Recommendation Committee decides to continue grilling him today also, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/09/2022), Impeachment motion was filed against me after I fixed the verdict date in Lalita Niwas land grab scam: Suspended CJ Rana, by Ishwari Subedi (rep 01/09/2022), Rana challenges the legality of the impeachment process : Suspended Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana argues it is against the principle of natural justice for the same persons who filed the complaint to also probe it, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/09/2022)

SC hears contempt of court trial against Kathmandu Mayor Shah (kh 29/08/2022), Supreme Court orders Mayor Shah to clarify on contempt of court within seven days (kh 29/08/2022), SC orders Mayor Shah to furnish written clarification within seven days (rep 29/08/2022)

SC refuses interim order on writ demanding expiration of HoR term : The petitioners have argued that as terms of the House of Representatives and all the seven provincial assemblies have ended after the announcement of the election, all the decisions and actions taken since then should be annulled (nlt 26/08/2022)

Janakpur court orders DNA tests of rape accused, victim's son (ht 25/08/2022)

Impeachment recommendation panel to summon Chief Justice Rana on August 31 : It plans to submit the report in September first week, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/08/2022)

Judge sans minimum qualifications can be removed: SC (rep 25/08/2022)

Supreme Court quashes all writ petitions filed against Public Service Commission (kh 23/08/2022), Supreme Court scraps petitions challenging civil servants integration : Court also revoked integration in some cases including where civil servants were adjusted in junior positions than their previous ones at the local level, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/08/2022)

Petition filed at Supreme Court demanding clarity on House term : The petitioners argue that the term of Parliament should end after the polls are declared (kp 20/08/2022)

The judiciary: Don't violate its sanctity, by Jagadish Dahal (ht 12/08/2022)

Provincial governments set to end their first terms without enjoying key rights : Supreme Court’s Constitutional Bench has been sitting on dozens of petitions relating to jurisdiction disputes between three tiers of government, by Binod Ghimire (kp

SC orders KMC not to remove Norvic Hospital structures (rep 11/08/2022)

277 applications filed for 27 positions in High Court (kh 10/08/2022)

Rana impeachment motion sent to probe committee, but time is running out : Proposal can’t pass the House without the support of UML, which seems disinterested in ruling coalition’s agenda, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/08/2022)

With House term nearing end, parties are trying to rush Rana impeachment : UML and ruling coalition lawmakers say time is too short for probing and putting the motion to vote, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/08/2022)

SC summons Tourism Minister Shrestha over contempt charge (rep 05/08/2022)

SC to provide full time service on Friday from today (kh 05/08/2022)

New dispute hovers over judiciary with acting chief justice and justices at odds : The recent rift is over whether to allow the anti-graft body to investigate the construction of a new court building, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/07/2022)

Petition against Rana's recusal quashed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 01/08/2022), Nepal Bar officials urge Speaker to proceed and settle impeachment of Chief Justice Rana (kh 01/08/2022)

Filing public interest litigation? Court may impose fines if it doesn’t qualify as one : Supreme Court orders authorities not to register petitions driven by whims and with guided, personal or political interests, as such things ‘waste’ the judiciary’s time, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/07/2022)

SC orders to conduct hearing on appointment of constitutional bodies officials and judicial council members at the same time (kh 29/07/2022)

Special Court announces 8 months imprisonment to DSP Singh (kh 29/07/2022)

Hearing on writ against appointments in constitutional bodies postponed (kh 27/07/2022)

SC orders EC not to implement its decision on RPP election symbol row (rep 26/07/2022)

Exorbitant cost of justice : Lawyers are expensive, free legal aid is fiction, and the court fees are not negligible, by Nishant Pokharel (kp 25/07/2022)

Lawmakers demand judiciary reform (kh 20/07/2022)

Judicial Council recommends dismissal of two more judges (kh 19/07/2022), Complaint filed against more than 200 judges, five judges face dismissal, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 19/07/2022)

Ensure security personnel, staff on poll day get to vote: SC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/07/2022)

Disposal of cases by Jumla High Court increases (kh 16/07/2022)

Two more judges expelled for bad conduct, incompetence : Last Friday, the Judicial Council had sacked Tulsipur High Court judge Renuka Shah (kp 16/07/2022)

Judicial Credibility At Stake, by Mukti Rijal (rn 14/07/2022)

Judicial Council expels High Court Judge Shah (rep 09/07/2022)

JC tweaks criteria to appoint judges : JC can appoint candidates who had not applied but who it considers suitable as judges, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 08/07/2022)

High-profile corruption cases pending at Supreme Court for two decades, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 08/07/2022)

How the Special Court swiftly acquits ‘big fish’ : Experts say corruption will persist so long as political appointees rule the roost in law-enforcement agencies, by Surendra Kafle (ae 07/07/2022)

Taking a 'corrupt judiciary' by its horns, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/07/2022)

Top court quashes all decisions related to Nijgadh airport : In a 3-2 ruling, the Supreme Court, however, keeps options open for building an international airport, with strict conditions of minimal environmental damage, by Sangam Prasain, Binod Ghimire and Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/06/2022)

Supreme Court stays Pokhara metropolis’ standard on constructing physical structures around Fewa Lake (nlt 28/06/2022)

Crusher industry rules amendment stayed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 24/06/2022)

Students relieved as court lifts collateral restrictions : A recent government decision barred land from being used as collateral to get a bank loan until it had been classified as agricultural or non-agricultural, by Pawan Pandey (kp 23/06/2022)

SC asks for original copies relating to 52 appointments in constitutional bodies (kh 22/06/2022), President’s Office ordered to provide documents related to constitutional appointments : Constitutional Council had recommended 52 individuals for appointment to constitutional bodies (kp 23/06/2022)

Judicial Council calls meeting as a leaked audio conversation between a judge and lawyer making a deal of Rs 20 million to release Ichchha Raj on bail creates ripples (kh 22/06/2022), Leaked audio clip of judge, lawyer talking kickbacks exposes rot in the judiciary : Judge Koirala and lawyer Pokhrel are heard discussing taking a cut totalling Rs20 million to secure release of Ichchha Raj Tamang on a bail of Rs100 million, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/06/2022), District court judge in bribery scandal, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/06/2022), In the dock, again : The justices should remain true to the ideals of impartiality and incorruptibility (kp 24/06/2022), Justice for sale : As long as judges are appointed on the basis of political affiliation, the judiciary will not improve for the better (ht 24/06/2022)

SC orders not to implement govt. decision to restrict loan disbursement (kh 20/06/2022)

Adversarial Method Baffles Judicial Panels, by Mukti Rijal (rn 09/06/2022)

Citizens appeal to protect the dignity of Supreme Court : ‘The act of directing the government to defy the court verdict on the construction of Nijgadh Airport is against Regulations of the House of Representatives.’ (nlt 03/06/2022)

How 2-day weekend could add to case backlog, impacting justice delivery :Nepal’s courts are burdened with a huge pile of cases, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 01/06/2022)

Supreme Court annuls decision to commute former APF DIG Ranjan Koirala’s life sentence (nlt 26/05/2022), Top court full bench quashes decision to reduce life sentence of Ranjan Koirala : Koirala’s sentence was reduced to 8 years, 6 months. He was released on July 23, 2020, by Tika R Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp 27/05/2022)

Courts to remain closed till May 16 (rep 13/05/2022)

SC seeks written response from Chief Secy on contempt of court (kh 06/05/2022)

Supreme Court upholds Rautahat court’s decision in Alam’s case (kh 06/05/2022)

SC refuses interim order on writ against IGP Singh’s appointment : Full hearing slated for May 31 (kh 05/05/2022)

Supreme Court continues interim order against govt’s decision to suspend NRB Governor Adhikari (nlt 29/04/2022), Supreme Court says government decision to probe Governor Adhikari was arbitrary : Maha Prasad Adhikari, who returned to office on April 20, will continue in the job until a final verdict, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/04/2022)

Supreme Court set to decide today on petition on women’s representation in local governments : Deadline given to political parties to file nominations for the May 13 local level elections ends today, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/04/2022)

Supreme Court allows contractors to contest local polls (nlt 20/04/2022)

Elected representatives need to resign if they wish to contest again : Supreme Court quashes petition against poll commission’s mandatory requirement of resignation (kp 19/04/2022) [This is now binding law, but still not rationally comprehensible. The then Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi did not even resign from his position as CJ in 2013 when he took over as head of the executive.]

Supreme Court refuses interim order on Shah’s writ petition : A division bench sends the petition of Prithvi Bahadur Shah for a final hearing, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/04/2022)

Achham district judge who passed a controversial decision on a rape case called to Supreme Court : Nabin Kumar Joshi last month slapped a three-and-a-half-year jail term to a rape victim, citing a non-existing legal provision (kp 19/04/2022)

Former Judges Forum-Nepal seeks probe into incompetent judges (kh 18/04/2022)

Seeking reinstatement, suspended NRB governor files petition at Supreme Court (rep 17/041/2022), Hearing on writ petition by suspended NRB governor from tomorrow (rep 18/04/2022), Justice Phuyal hearing suspended governor Adhikari’s writ (kh 19/04/2022), Supreme Court stays govt’s decision to suspend NRB Governor Adhikari (nlt 19/04/2022)

Supreme Court demands documents related to impeachment motion against CJ Rana (kh 15/04/2022)

Alternative justice in Dolpo : Despite the presence of newly mandated judicial committees, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms continue to take precedence among Dolpa’s ingenious community, by Nyima Gyaltsen Gurung (rec 12/04/2022)

Chief Registrar Kunwar asked to join Patan High Court : Declining deputation, Kunwar has taken a month-long leave, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/04/2022)

Four-party alliance sweeps Nepal Bar Association polls : The UML-led panel will have no representation for the next three years (kp 09/04/2022) [The party-political infiltration of public institutions goes unabated!]

Political influence & judiciary of Nepal, by Yogendra Prasad Lamichhhane (kh 07/04/2022)

Judicial Council recommends transfer of 87 high court justices (kh 30/03/2022)

'Pro bono lawyers need resources' (ht 27/03/2022)

Former Chief Justice Shrestha re-elected as ICJ Commissioner (kh 25/03/2022)

Impeachment of CJ: Generating more smoke than fire, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 24/03/2022)

Constitutional Bench hearing writ against appointments of 52 individuals to constitutional bodies (kh 23/03/2022), SC Rejects Issuing Interim Order Against Appointment In Constitutional Bodies (rn 23/03/2022), No interim order in cases of constitutional body appointments : Appointees from the time of Oli government can continue their work pending final hearing, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 24/03/2022)

Writ filed at SC against provision of level representatives to resign for contesting polls (nlt 21/03/2022)

Questions arise over transfer of chief registrar to High Court : Court insiders claim that Chief Registrar Kunwar was transferred by the acting chief justice to a perceived lower High Court post for supporting suspended Chief Justice Rana, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/03/2022)

Hearing on writ petition against constitutional appointments deferred until Wednesday (kh 19/03/2022)

Supreme Court delays passing verdicts after giving interim orders : Experts say cases on which temporary orders have been issued must be cleared swiftly by conducting the final hearing, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/03/2022)

If chief justice impeachment delayed, parties charging him will be in dock : Experts say failure to impeach Rana for ‘corruption and incompetence’ sets bad precedent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/03/2022) [This was obviously the aim of the coalition government when it prorogued the session of Parliament!], Misuse of power : It seems that the impeachment motion was tabled in the House only to sideline Rana from his office (ht 17/03/2022)

SC hearing on Citizenship Ordinance scheduled for Wednesday (kh 16/03/2022), Constitutional Bench revokes the writ against the Citizenship Ordinance (kh 16/03/2022)

AG Khati insists on professional integrity in legal field (kh 15/03/2022)

High Court penalizes Pandey for posting caste-discriminatory content (kh 15/03/2022)

With motion to impeach Rana tabled in the House, new questions arise : What will happen to justices and judges who have been charged with being complicit in corruption with the suspended chief justice, experts wonder, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/03/2022), Human Rights and Peace Society demands action against suspended CJ Rana (rep 14/03/2022), Debate on Rana impeachment on Mar 16 (ht 14/03/2022), Settle within deadline : The impeachment motion was filed against Rana to save membership of 14 lawmakers of the CPN-US (ht 15/03/2022)

SC orders to present the writ against 14 lawmakers for final hearing (nlt 13/03/2022), SC asks to hold full hearing on UML Chair Oli’s writ on April 3 : Writ demanded dismissal of 14 defecting lawmakers, including leader Nepal (kh 13/03/2022)

Nepal’s impeachment template: justice or a political ploy? The power of impeachment is an extraordinary power enshrined in the Constitution to reaffirm the democratic idea that no one is above the law. In Nepal, however, this power is exploited whimsically, by Robin Sharma (rec 11/03/2022)

Voters unlikely to get right to reject candidates in local level elections ; Court’s eight-year-old ruling to give people right to cast negative votes yet to be implemented for the lack of a law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/03/2022) [To this day, the autocratic politicians do not want to understand that decisions of the Supreme Court are binding law that the executive and the legislature have to abide by.]

14 cases assigned to Constitutional Bench Wednesday :Hearing begins after five months (kh 09/03/2022)

Legal concerns on hearing Siddhababa related case : More than half of the judges including Chief Judge cannot join the hearing (kh 09/03/2022)

SC issues stay order on extraction of riverine materials (kh 08/03/2022)

NBA declaration rejects Rana as CJ (ht 04/03/2022), Discuss impeachment : The parties must find a way out of the quandary as they did for the ratification of the MCC compact (ht 04/03/2022)

National conference of lawyers concludes adopting 25-point declaration (kh 01/03/2022)

Supreme Court refuses to register writ against MCC (nlt 22/02/2022)

SC issues interim order in favor of Hotel Yak & Yeti (rep 22/02/2022)

Politically pardoned : The president’s power to pardon criminals needs reform as it has been misused numerous times by governments for political ends, by Shreya Joshi and Prakriti Acharya (rec 21/02/2022)

Impeachment Against CJ Rana Can It Revitalise Judiciary?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 20/02/2022)

C issues order to register writ petition against local elections (nlt 17/02/2022)

Quality Mediation Practices, by Mukti Rijal (rn 17/02/2022)

The debased politics of bargaining : The political parties were indifferent to the crisis in the judiciary, all the while looking to exploit it for vested interest. They got to do so on February 13, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 17/02/2022)

Acting CJ Karki summons meeting to discuss latest developments in judiciary (nlt 14/02/2022)

What impeachment motion against chief justice is and how it will proceed : Rana’s been suspended, but what it takes lawmakers to actually remove him from office, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/02/2022)

Impeachment motion against CJ Rana registered at Parliament Secretariat (nlt 13/02/2022), Lawmakers level 21 charges against CJ Rana (with full text) (rep 13/02/2022), Senior-most Justice Deep Kumar Karki becomes acting CJ following the suspension of Rana (nlt 13/02/2022), Deepak Karki to be acting CJ (rep 13/02/2022), Speaker Sapkota calls an all-party meeting Monday (kh 13/02/2022), Why ruling parties filed an impeachment motion against Chief Justice? (nlt 13/02/2022), Rana suspended as ruling parties move a proposal to impeach him : As many as 98 lawmakers of Nepali Congress, Maoist Centre and CPN (Unified Socialist) register a motion to impeach Cholendra Shumsher Rana amid a fluid political situation, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 14/02/2022)

SC to conduct hearing on writ petition filed by UML against 14 lawmakers (rep 13/02/2022), I will not tolerate questions about the party’s legitimacy: Chairman Nepal (rep 13/02/2022) [?????]

NTB CEO files case against nine persons including Tourism Minister Ale (rep 10/02/2022)

Dr. KC files supplementary petition with DLMI against CJ Rana (kh 01/02/2022)

SC orders to implement rights for Dalits (kh 31/01/2022)

Supreme Court orders release of a man languishing in jail for no apparent crime : Uma Shankar Rayabhar’s release order comes after continuous reporting on how the poor man was framed. Legal experts say the case shows many problems in the system, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/01/2022), Uma Shankar Rayabhar released on bail as the case against him continues : The man from Bara was sent to jail 11 months ago after he was framed for tax evasion, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/01/2022), Don’t blame women, blame misogyny : Here is a look at how books and literature from Swasthani to Mahabharata to Badhusikshya have portrayed women as being inferior to men and why we should unlearn the claims, by Shreena Nepal (nlt 02/02/2022), Barking up the wrong tree : Rayabhar landed in prison due to lack of integrity and common sense among the authorities (kp 02/02/2022)

Chief Justice Rana summons meeting of Judicial Service Commission amid Nepal Bar’s protest (kh 28/01/2022)

Biratnagar High Court’s service affected after eight judges test COVID-19 positive (kh 24/01/2022)

Courts across the country to be closed on Sunday to mourn death of former CJ Sharma (rep 22/01/2022) [It is definitely not timely to shut down the entire judicial system for a day out of mourning for a deceased former CJ. This is especially true in the ongoing crisis of judiciary!]

Supreme Court to shrink services from Jan 19 to Feb 1 (kh 18/01/2022), 31 staffers including a justice of SC contract COVID-19, apex court to hear only six types of cases from tomorrow (rep 18/01/2022), Supreme Court to conduct hearing into urgent cases only (kh 19/01/2022)

Supreme Court convening full court meeting today (kh 18/01/2022)

25 staffs including three judges test COVID-19 positive Janakpur High Court (kh 18/01/2022)

24 people at SC, including Judge Khadka and Chief Registrar test positive for coronavirus (kh 17/01/2022)

Supreme Court refuses to register a writ seeking impeachment of CJ Rana (kh 16/01/2022)

Supreme Court hearing on Prachanda’s writ against people’s representatives kh 13/01/2022)

Supreme Court orders immediate distribution of senior citizen allowance (kh 12/01/2022)

Why case filing in document forgery in Lalita Niwas land grab scam has been delayed : Police submitted documents so as to move case by January 11; district attorney office returns it for more investigation, says statute of limitations not applicable, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/01/2022), Investigation stopped : It seems that the attorney's office is under pressure from the powers that be which do not want the case to move forward (ht 12/01/2022)

Supreme Court hearing writ against 14 defecting UML lawmakers today : The writ likely to be in the 'not to be heard' list again (kh 10/01/2022)

Supreme Court lottery system brings semblance of calm after weeks of disruption, but there are issues : Number of ‘can’t be heard’ cases has risen as many drawn through lots can’t be taken up by justices for various reasons, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/01/2022)

Despite current calm, standoff in Supreme Court portends larger complications : Constitutional Bench is unable to sit, Judicial Council is ineffective and Judicial Service Commission hasn’t met, delaying judges’ appointments, promotions and transfers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/01/2022) [Since the beginning of KP Oli's authoritarian and anti-democratic actions, Nepal has increasingly been showing signs of a failing state!]

Nepal Bar continues its protest against Chief Justice Rana (kh 02/01/2022)

Judiciary: Applause and then controversy and crisis : 2021 has been the worst year in the history of the judiciary because it was embroiled in the ugliness of individual greed and the vested interests of its stakeholders, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 31/12/2021)

INC Nepal demands investigation of assets of former CJs, and SC Judges (kh 29/12/2021)

SC hearing on writ UML chair Oli filed against defecting lawyers including Madhav Nepal (kh 27/12/2021)

Dr. Govinda KC warns of hunger strike seeking CJ Rana’s ouster (kh 26/12/2021), Complaint demanding investigation of CJ Rana assets filed at Money Laundering and Investigation Department (rep 26/12/2021)

“Structural reform is still a long shot”: Nepal’s young lawyers open up about judiciary debacle : An assessment of how inclusive the protests against the chief justice were, particularly for younger lawyers, and whether pertinent issues concerning them were addressed, by Rishav Sapkota (nlt 22/12/2021)

Chief Justice convenes Judicial Service Commission meeting on Wednesday (kh 21/12/2021), After weeks of silence, Chief Justice Rana starts asserting his role : Rana has called a meeting of the Judicial Service Commission for Wednesday to select district court judges. Members have yet to decide whether to attend the meeting, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/12/2021), Judicial Service Commission's meeting postponed (rep 22/12/2021)

High courts intervene after police refuse to register conflict-era disappearance complaints : The Penal Code introduced three years ago lists enforced disappearance as a criminal offence, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/12/2021)

SC orders to mention perpetrator’s in conflict victim’s identity card (kh 09/12/2021)

SC trashes Oli govt’s decision to hike tax on retirement payments (rep 08/12/2021)

The slow fade of the protests taking aim at Nepal’s chief justice : The protests, which ran consistently for about two months, will have achieved little if they fail to bring the fundamental issues plaguing Nepal’s judiciary to the forefront, by Rishav Sapkota (nlt 08/12/2021)

Lawyers affiliated with NBA stage protest outside SC again (rep 07/12/2021)

SC justices under pressure to follow schedule after lottery system (kh 06/12/2021)

Birgunj judicial committee sees decline in cases : Cases drop to six this fiscal year from 13 last fiscal year, by Shankar Acharya (kp 04/12/2021)

Supreme Court turns the page with lottery system, but will the crisis end? More questions remain to be answered as the judiciary problem is more than meets the eye, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/12/2021), Despite lottery system, hearings affected for two consecutive days : Lawyers refuse to participate in hearings in the absence of the acting chief justice, as Chief Justice Rana who is hospitalised for Covid-19, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/12/2021), Let senior-most apex court justice take charge: NBA, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/12/2021)

Wednesday’s SC hearing delayed over acting chief justice dispute (kh 01/12/2021), Ruling coalition suggests CJ Rana to appoint Acting CJ while he is on leave (kh 02/12/2021), CJ Rana refuses to appoint Acting CJ as suggested by ruling parties (kh 02/12/2021), 10 benches constituted through lottery system at Supreme Court Thursday (kh 02/12/2021), Hearing On Cases Affected In SC As Lawyers Demand An Acting CJ (rn 02/12/2021)

NBA warns CJ against drawing cause list lotteries : Demands lottery-based cause lists in district courts, high courts, and Special Court, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 01/12/2021)

SC introducing lottery system to assign cases to benches from today (kh 01/12/2021), Supreme Court: 11 benches constituted through lottery system : Lottery system begins at Chief Justice Rana's absence (kh 01/12/2021), Top court resumes business from today after over a month of crisis : Lottery system to come into force, stripping Chief Justice Rana of prerogative to assign cases. There, however, are still problems galore, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/12/2021)

CJ Rana tests Covid-19 positive, admitted to hospital (nlt 30/11/2021), CJ Rana discharged from hospital (kh 03/12/2021), Chief Justice Rana attends office on Sunday (kh 05/12/2021) [If he really had Corona, he should remain in quarantine. This is irresponsible!]

Nepal: Political Puzzle in Judiciary, by Rajeev Kunwar (kh 28/11/2021)

Lawyers press for CJ's impeachment, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/11/2021)

SC hearing on notorious brick kiln murder case (kh 26/11/2021)

With lottery system, chief justice loses the master of roster role : A system of drawing lots for assigning cases will come into effect starting December 1, but the judiciary crisis may not end anytime soon, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 26/11/2021)

SC to convene Full Court meeting today : Lottery-based hearing from Dec 1 (kh 25/11/2021)

Give Justice To People, by Namrata Sharma (rn 24/11/2021)

CJ Rana forms 10 benches for 266 cases on Wednesday (kh 24/11/2021)

CJ Rana sets 10 benches for Tuesday : 593 cases scheduled for hearing today (kh 23/11/2021)

NBA makes a slew of charges against CJ (ht 23/11/2021)

Standoff At SC : Urgency To Give An Outlet, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 23/11/2021)

Agitating lawyers handing over letter of attention to political parties today (kh 22/11/2021)

CJ Rana assigns 454 cases to 13 benches on Monday (kh 22/11/2021)

CJ Rana assigns 11 benches while lawyers continue to protest (kh 21/11/2021)

Lawyers’ protest against Rana to continue even as justices return to duty : Some say Nepal Bar should now change its tack and focus on ‘isolating’ the chief justice while they boycott hearings, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 20/11/2021), Fourth phase of agitation: Lawyers to boycott court proceedings today (kh 21/11/2021), Nepal Bar not to debate on cases except habeas corpus as protest enters 21st day today (kh 21/11/2021)

Chief Justice Rana assigns 10 benches today : Agitating lawyers engage in minor scuffle with police (kh 19/11/2021), Two held for abusing Nepal Bar lawyers (kh 19/11/2021), Supreme Court turning to normalcy (kh 19/11/2021), What’s the lottery system for assigning cases and does it really work? Justices’ protest against Rana may end when they start getting to hear petitions by drawing lots, but this process has its own complexities and is easier said than done, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/11/2021)

Piecemeal Changes Won’t Reform Judiciary, by Mukti Rijal (rn 18/11/2021)

We can’t afford to lose judiciary’s independence at a time when all other institutions have been compromised : Nepal’s Supreme Court has stood firm in several critical junctures in recent history. The roots of that institution have now been shaken to the core, by Mandira Sharma (nlt 18/11/2021)

Justices willing to make peace if Rana assigns cases by drawing lots : An unrelenting Nepal Bar Association gives the chief justice until Friday to step down, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/11/2021), SC full court agrees to execute lottery system to assign cases (kh 18/11/2021), Police use force to disperse agitating lawyers in SC (kh 18/11/2021), At least seven including Nepal Bar chair injured in a scuffle with police : Clash occurred when security personnel tried to stop protesting lawyers from moving towards the gate chief justice has been using to enter office (kp 18/11/2021), Challenges Of Good Governance, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 18/11/2021), CJ accused of corruption in NBA meet (ht 18/11/2021), FNJ urges CJ to save apex court's dignity (ht 18/11/2021), Resolve it from within : If the CJ is forced to resign under undue pressure, it will set a bad precedent in the entire judiciary and justice system (ht 18/11/2021)

Full-court meeting uncertain as Justices make CJ’s resignation as bottom-line (kh 18/11/2021)

Legal practitioners continue sit-in, CJ Rana assigns nine benches for hearing (nlt 17/11/2021), Chiefs of eight constitutional commissions call for talks to end Supreme Court crisis : Among 39 issuing the statement, 36 were recommended for appointment in December last year and in May as per the ordinance to amend the Constitutional Council Act, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/11/2021), Supreme Court standoff takes a new turn as four judges return to work : Protesting lawyers say they will start calling out all those justices who side with Chief Justice Rana, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 17/11/2021), FNJ urges Chief Justice to display high ethical conduct to maintain court’s dignity (kh 17/11/2021), Senior Advocate Thapa challenges SC judges to issue verdicts sans participation of lawyers (kh 17/11/2021), Five SC judges hearing regular cases express solidarity with Nepal Bar’s protest (kh 17/11/2021), Political parties will seek a political solution to SC stalemate if not resolved soon: Prachanda (kh 17/11/2021)

Women’s Attraction To Judiciary Rising, by Kalika Khadka (rn 16/11/2021)

Four SC Justices return to bench, hearing resumes on all sorts of cases (nlt 16/11/2021), Justices divided on their struggle against chief justice : Five of those who campaigned against Rana demanding his resignation have decided not to attend any meetings except for a full court, as lawyers step up protest, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/11/2021), Eight constitutional commissions call for talks to resolve standoff in the judiciary : Issuing a statement, 39 chairs and members of the constitutional bodies say the prolonged crisis in the Supreme Court threatens the rule of law and constitution (kp 16/11/2021), Problems seen at the Supreme Court should be resolved at the earliest: Political Coordination Committee (rep 16/11/2021)

Agitating lawyers stage protest against CJ Rana today as well (kh 15/11/2021), Lawyers ratchet up protest. Judges in bid to find a middle path out of court row : With Chief Justice Rana refusing to relent, justices are under pressure as hearings have been affected for three weeks. Nepal Bar calls on judges to not hear cases, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 15/11/2021), Calls for House session as judicial crisis protracts : Observers say the House should be summoned so that lawmakers can discuss the disputes in the Supreme Court, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/11/2021), Chief Justice Rana calls for unity against attempts to derail judiciary : Calls Nepal Bar Association for dialogue (kh 15/11/2021), Dialogue with CJ Rana, no way: Nepal Bar (kh 15/11/2021), Lawyers stage protests against Chief Justice Rana in Udayapur, by Maheshwor Chamling Rai (rep 15/11/2021),
Chief Justice’s resignation is our ultimate demand: Nepal Bar Association. Nepal Bar and SC judges held discussions Monday; discussions to continue Tuesday as well (kh 15/11/2021), Former Judges Forum urge political parties to impeach Chief Justice Rana (kh 15/11/2021)

Chief Justice Rana assigns 10 benches for today (kh 15/11/2021), CJ Rana hears four cases amid Nepal Bar’s protest and SC judges’ boycott of bench (kh 15/11/2021)

Should the court be left alone to clear the air over judiciary? Experts say government should summon Parliament to start impeachment process, by Anil Giri (kp 14/11/2021), With Chief Justice Rana refusing to budge, observers call ongoing protests misplaced : Experts suggest protests should focus on pressuring political parties for impeachment, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/11/2021)

CJ Rana enters Supreme Court thru back door, assigns 10 benches amidst protest (kh 14/11/2021), We’d rather die of hunger but not let our protest against CJ Rana die down: Supreme Bar Chair Shakya (kh 14/11/2021)

Judiciary down the rabbit hole as there’s more to crisis than meets the eye : Even if Chief Justice Rana vacates office, immediate complexities are immense. Experts say piecemeal efforts won’t offer solutions to all the ills in the Supreme Court, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/11/2021)

Protesting lawyers say they will not relent until Chief Justice Rana quits : Prime Minister Deuba tells leaders of his Nepali Congress party that the executive cannot interfere in the judiciary, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/11/2021) [But the executive is heavily involved in the judiciary. 40 per cent of the members of the Judicial Council, which decides on appointments to judges' offices, are selected by the respective government. The executive takes the right to decide whether or not to accept court decisions, very often the latter. The judiciary is constantly abused for the power games of the executive and the political parties. The executive is responsible for the functioning of the governance system, and the judiciary is currently functionless!]

Public Interest Litigation or Private Interest Litigation?, by Hrithik Yadav (kh 12/11/2021)

International rights groups call for an end to Nepal Supreme Court crisis : The call comes as confrontation is escalating in Nepal’s judiciary amid justices and lawyers’ demand of chief justice’s resignation (kp 12/11/2021)

Parties’ reluctance to speak on judiciary row stems from fears : Many cases are pending in Supreme Court related to individual political parties, by Anil Giri (kp 12/11/2021)

Bar ups the ante as court crisis deepens. Lawyers not to let Rana enter office : Confrontation escalates after up to six lawyers got injured in a scuffle with police while protesting against the chief justice who refuses to resign despite mounting pressure, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/11/2021)

Chief Justice assigns hearing on all types of cases including habeas corpus (kh 12/11/2021), Lawyers' Protest: No Hearing At SC Today (rn 12/11/2021)

Nepal’s judiciary debacle: Serious allegations are directed toward the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Nothing has happened since, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 11/11/2021)

CJ Rana assigns nine benches for today amidst protests (kh 11/11/2021)

Bar holding sit-in protests against CJ Rana in Valley courts today (kh 11/11/2021), CJ Rana should be relieved of his post: Nepal Bar Chair Shrestha (kh 11/11/2021), Agitating lawyers to “bar CJ Rana from entering office” tomorrow : SC Justices continue to boycott bench (kh 11/11/2021), Lawyers to boycott all SC benches on Friday to protest against police intervention in their protest (rep 11/11/2021)

SC row: Advocates bring stringent protest programs against CJ Rana (kh 09/11/2021), Nepal Bar announces “final battle” with CJ Rana (kh 09/11/2021), Resolve Chief Justice-Bar Tussle Amicably (rep 09/11/2021)

Supreme Court on trial as it’s justices vs chief justice : With Chief Justice Rana refusing to budge, judges wonder how long they can deprive the public of their right  to justice, as the crisis in the judiciary deepens, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 09/11/2021), CJ Rana assigns ten benches for today amidst protests (kh 09/11/2021), SC justices to hear habeas corpus petitions from today : Not to sit in a division bench with Chief Justice (kh 09/11/2021), SC Justices boycott all benches after CJ Rana assigned hearing for all cases : None of the SC judges attended the 10 benches today following breach of understanding CJ Rana had reached with them (kh 09/11/2021), SC judges renew collective resolve, call on Chief Justice Rana to resign (kh 09/11/2021)

CJ Rana assigns six benches for today amidst protests (kh 08/11/2021)

Nepal Bar to launch stringent protests against CJ Rana if latter does not resign : Holding internal discussions today and tomorrow (kh 07/11/2021), Lawyers to ensure CJ’s graceful exit if he resigns (kh 08/11/2021)

Parties mum on judiciary crisis, but lawyers affiliated to them speak up : Advocates aligned to Congress and UML, who are under the Nepal Bar Association that is demanding Rana’s  resignation, say court hearings should not be obstructed, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 04/11/2021)

CJ Rana buckles under lawyers' pressure, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/11/2021)

SC Justices to go for stringent protests after Tihar (kh 03/11/2021), Stalemate persists in top court as judges sense chief justice not serious on exit : Protesting lawyers and justices, saying Rana’s proposal is unclear, are working on counter terms of negotiation, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/11/2021)

Restore Faith In Judiciary, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 02/11/2021)

Exit this way : It’s a good idea to get out while the going is good (kp 02/11/2021)

SC to issue verdict on writ against ex-PM duo Nepal and Bhattarai in Lalita Niwas land case today (kh 01/11/2021)

After chief justice hints he is ready for ‘graceful exit’, justices take talks initiativeBut some Supreme Court judges fear it could just be Rana’s ploy to stop protests, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 01/11/2021), Supreme Court judges at discussion again (kh 01/11/2021), Lawyers stage protest for the second day demanding resignation of CJ Rana (With photos) (rep 01/11/2021)

CJ Rana schedules six habeas corpus-related writs for hearing today (kh 01/11/2021), SC judges ‘agree’ to look into habeas corpus case after 8 days of agitation (kh 01/11/2021)

Realigning justice with the judiciary : The current controversy surrounding the chief justice reflects a broader problem with the judiciary, which is in urgent need of reform, by Prakritee Yonzon (rec 31/10/2021)

Judiciary facing unprecedented setback due to adamant Chief Justice, by Govinda Luitel (kh 31/10/2021)

Hearing on cases at SC uncertain today as well : SC Justices adamant; Nepal Bar launches phase-wise agitation from Sunday (kh 31/10/2021), CJ Rana schedules 12 cases for hearing (kh 31/10/2021), SC judges holding a meeting to chart out a future strategy against CJ Rana (kh 31/10/2021)

As crisis in judiciary deepens, justices feel pressure to return to work : Judges want other stakeholders, including political parties, to make a move against chief justice as they cannot afford not to hear cases for long, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/10/2021), Two lawyers come to blows over Supreme Court bench boycott : Nepal Bar Association announces sit-in protest demanding Chief Justice Rana’s resignation (kp 30/10/2021)

Congress youth leaders call for political intervention to clean up mess in judiciary : Leaders close to Prime Minister Deuba say the independence of judiciary should be honoured and Supreme Court should resolve the crisis on its own. Parties in the ruling coalition are also largely in favour of letting the court find its way out, by Anil Giri (kp 30/10/2021) [Nepal's party politicians have never respected the independence of the judiciary. On the contrary, they are in many ways responsible for the current crisis!]

Writ filed at Supreme Court demanding order to justices to resume hearings : Petitioners say halt to habeas corpus writs hits fundamental right of the people in detention (kp 29/10/2021)

What is happening to Nepal’s Supreme Court? Politicians who interfered with judicial appointments are irked with a Chief Justice who interfered with ministerial appointments, by Santa Gaha Magar (nt 29/10/2021)

CJ Rana in soup as all 19 SC Justices in favor of his resignation (kh 29/10/2021)

If it pleases the court The judiciary, which is the last refuge of the people, cannot remain in the eye of a storm for too long (kp 29/10/2021)

Intervention in judicial crisis unlikely as political parties are divided : Ruling alliance has not yet discussed the controversy and Deuba is leaving on a four-day visit to the UK today, by Anil Giri (kp 29/10/2021),
House prorogation stalls prospect of chief justice being impeached for now : An impeachment motion can be registered even when the House is not in session, but the House has to be in session for forming the impeachment recommendation committee, discussing the motion and for putting the motion to vote, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/10/2021)

Remove Rana : The judiciary is the last bastion of hope to keep the torch of democracy burning (ae 28/10/2021)

Explainer: What is happening inside Nepal’s judiciary? Why is it difficult to correct the course?, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 28/10/2021)

Nepal Bar to hit streets, bar CJ from entering Court as part of protests (kh 28/10/2021)

Justice seekers hit by judicial deadlock : Hearings of over 700 cases affected in the last three days as justices boycott bench in protest against Chief Justice Rana, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/10/2021)

Nepal’s judiciary is plagued by systemic problems : Current crisis in Supreme Court has been in the making for years and is a result of bad precedents, political meddling and flawed appointment process, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/10/2021)

Brihat Nagarik Andolan calls on parties to move impeachment motion against chief justice : Pressure has mounted on Rana from justices and lawyers to step down (kp 27/10/2021)

15 SC Justices meeting even today; not to attend bench unless CJ resigns (kh 27/10/2021), CJ Rana adamant to step down, schedules 11 cases for hearing today (kh 27/10/2021), Judicial deadlock looms large as chief justice and justices stick to their guns : Rana refuses to step down, saying he will rather face  the constitutional process. He, however, says is ready to resign if other justices in question agree to do so too, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 27/10/2021)

Nepal’s judiciary in crisis : Collusion among the judiciary, executive and legislature must end to ensure reforms : The rot runs deep. The Chief Justice’s ouster alone will not guarantee reforms. The PM, former PM and top brass of political parties need to come clean as allegations of collusion and other forms of misconduct are levelled against them. If not, they should also be accountable on moral grounds (nlt 26/10/2021)

CJ Rana schedules cases for today; hearing on hold (kh 26/10/2021)

Supreme Court justices to boycott full court meeting called by Rana : Pressure is mounting on chief justice, who has run into controversies, to step down from his post, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/10/2021), Supreme Court judges up the ante against CJ Rana, convene meeting (kh 25/10/2021), NBA holding meeting to dwell on SC’s latest development (kh, 25/10/2021), CJ Rana convened full court meet ‘postponed’ due to ‘unwillingness’ of SC judges (kh 25/10/2021), Deserted Chief Justice Rana entertaining PM Deuba’s support (kh 25/10/2021) [No close ties between CJ and PM? This partisanship also sidelines the PM!], Supreme Court judges conclude Chief Justice should resign (kp 25/10/2021), Nepal Bar also concludes CJ Rana should resign : Formal announcement after Tuesday's Advisory Committee meet (kh 25/10/2021), Four ex-CJs also demand CJ Rana’s resignation (kh 25/10/2021), SC judges to meet CJ Rana today; to urge him to step down (kh 26/10/2021), Will not resign under pressure and influence: CJ Rana (kh 26/10/2021), Amidst mounting tensions at SC, Judges shorten leaves to attend court (kh 26/10/2021), 15 SC judges urge CJ Rana to step down (kh 26/10/2021), After meeting with CJ Rana, SC judges engage in discussion (kh 26/10/2021), Way out seems remote as CJ and SC judges stick to their guns (kh 26/10/2021), CJ Rana should put in papers for damage control: Constitutional expert Acharaya (kh 26/10/2021), Chief justice says ready to resign if other justices who have come into question do so : Rana tells Supreme Court judges he will rather face the constitutional process.(kp 26/10/2021) [A first step towards stepping down?], Judges Society calls for speedy redressal of issues concerning leadership and judiciary (kh 26/10/2021), Nepal Bar’s Advisory Committee also calls for resignation of Chief Justice (kh 26/10/2021), 15 SC judges’ meet decide not to attend bench until CJ resigns : A meeting of 15 judges concluded CJ is cause of current crisis (kh 26/10/2021), Will exit only after completing constitutionally-bestowed responsibility, says CJ Rana (kh 26/10/2021)

Chief justice under fire: Calls grow loud for Rana to come clean on controversies : Former judges join chorus asking him to clear ground for restoring the judiciary’s sanctity, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/10/2021),
Former judges ask Chief Justice Rana to quit (ht 23/10/2021), CJ Rana Holds Talks With NBA Office Bearers (rn 24/10/2021), Allegations against Chief Justice : NBA to raise issue with CJ Rana (ht 24/10/2021), SC judges conclude CJ Rana ought to be investigated (kh 24/10/2021), Chief Justice Rana calls Full Court meeting for Monday (kh 24/10/2021), Supreme Court judges hold discussion on their participation in tomorrow’s Full Court meeting (kh 24/10/2021), I urged PM not to make Hamal a Minister: CJ Rana (kh 24/10/2021), CJ Rana loses confidence of Supreme Court judges : Majority judges at SC conclude CJ should be subject to investigation, by Govinda Luitel (kh 24/10/2021), Supreme Court judges decide not to participate in tomorrow’s Full Court meeting (kh 24/10/2021)

Ex-CJ’s Forum implores CJ Rana to uphold judiciary’s dignity (kh 22/10/2021)

Nepal Bar Association gives 15-day ultimatum to CJ Rana for judicial reform (kh 22/10/2021)

Probe into claims : The controversy surrounding the CJ's alleged wrongdoings raises questions about the integrity of the judiciary (ht 18/10/2021)

CJ Under Public Scrutiny, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 12/10/2021)

Government employees in politics: Court issues interim order against it : The interim order has given hopes as partisan of employees along the political ideology has been directly reflected in the service delivery and favoritism based on affiliation to a particular political party has become visible (nlt 07/10/2021)

Increasing Costs Hinder Justice Delivery, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

Call to free judiciary from political influence (kh 05/10/2021), As chief justice comes under scrutiny, concerns grow if the rot has set in : Judiciary head getting caught into controversy over ‘bargains’ with executive when legislature is dysfunctional bodes ill for democracy and constitution, observers say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/10/2021), CJ Rana convenes full meeting on Tuesday (kh 05/10/2021), Ugly connivance: People deserve to know about the ‘secret deal’ between the Judiciary and the Executive : The erosion we see today in major organs of the state—the legislative, the executive and the judiciary—will lead to an unimaginable disaster if it is left unchecked (nlt 05/10/2021), Senior advocates boycott SC Bar Association’s tea party as CJ Rana was invited (kh 06/10/2021)

Dr Govinda KC gets clean chit on contempt of court (kh 05/10/2021)

Not always in the public interest : The number of Public Interest Litigation cases is rising every year and while this could be a good thing, many are simply being filed for publicity and to fulfill personal interests, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 04/10/2021)

SC hearing on writ against ex-PMs Nepal and Bhattarai over Baluwatar land case today (kh 04/10/2021)

Chand-led CPN (Maoist) leader arrested again shortly after his release (rep 02/10/2021)

SC orders police to register complaint against former Home Minister Thapa, Police Chief Khanal (rep 02/10/2021), Fair probe into Paudel’s killing doubtful, advocates say : Supreme Court has directed Sarlahi District Attorney’s Office to register the case after repeated refusals by police, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/10/2021) [Police officers who refuse to do their duty should face consequences!]

Four former chief justices acquitted in contempt of court case (kh 01/10/2021), No ground to charge ex-chief justices with contempt of court, top court observes (kp 02/10/2021) [If there is anyone who should be prosecuted for repeated contempt of court, it is KP Oli!]

Appointments to constitutional bodies : CJ urged to resume hearing on cases (ht 30/09/2021)

Writ filed seeking annulment of oath taken by Foreign Minister Khadka (rep 29/09/2021)

Hearing on case against Speaker Sapkota deferred again (rep 29/09/2021)

Hearing on writ against the citizenship ordinance postponed (kh 29/09/2021)

Amending provision on Constitutional Bench could clear confusion, experts say : Debate over make-up of Constitutional Bench has delayed the hearing on petitions against constitutional appointments, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/09/2021)

Top court in the dock as the Constitutional Bench issue gets even more complicated : Chief justice last month decided to recuse from hearing, but benches set by him have created more confusion, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/09/2021)

Supreme Court denies interim order against ordinance on Political Parties Act : Way cleared for Madhav Nepal-led CPN (Unified Socialist) to join the Sher Bahadaur Deuba-led government, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/09/2021)

Mohammad Aftab Alam’s writ in ‘not to be heard’ list again (kh 24/09/2021)

Constitutional Bench related hearing postponed due to amicus curiae’s absence (kh 24/09/2021)

Supreme Court clears way for NEA MD Ghising to work : Apex court refuses to issue interim order against Kul Man's appointment (kh 21/09/2021)

Hearing on case against Madhav Nepal, Speaker prolonged (rep 21/09/2021)

SC hearing on UML writ against Speaker Sapkota and EC (kh 20/09/2021), Hearing on UML Chair Oli’s writ to continue Tuesday (kh 20/09/2021), SC seeks original documents from EC and Speaker in UML’s writ against 14 defecting lawmakers (kh 21/09/2021), Court refuses interim order on UML petitions against Speaker, Election Commission : The bench has sought original copies of the decision by the defendants (rep 21/09/2021)

Retired SC justice moves apex court : The constitution does not prevent retired judges from filing a case in the court, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 14/09/2021)

UML Chair Oli’s writ assigned to Deepak Kumar Karki and Mira Khadka’s bench : UML Chair Oli's writ assigned to Deepak Kumar Karki and Mira Khadka's bench (kh 13/09/2021), UML Chair Oli’s writ listed as not to be heard Monday (kh 13/09/2021)

SC issues a short-term interim order not to take action against UML lawmakers Pandey and Bhatta (kh 12/09/2021), SC issues interim order allowing lawmakers Pandey and Sharda Devi to join Unified Socialist (kh 14/09/2021), UML demands resignation of Speaker; not to attend all-party meet (kh 13/09/2021)

Hearing on the writ petition against Kulman Ghising’s appointment postponed again (kh 10/09/2021)

SC issues interim order not to implement appointing expert member of NOC (kh 10/09/2021), Graduation plus 10 years of working experience mandatory for government appointments (kh 11/09/2021)

Rautahat murder case: Alam’s writ not be heard on (kh 10/09/2021)

SC quashes writ calling to halt NC General Convention (kh 09/09/2021)

SC receives writ petition against Home Ministry’s statement (kh 08/09/2021)

SC summons both sides for discussions on writ petition filed by UML Chair Oli against Speaker Sapkota (rep 07/09/2021)

Hearing on writ against former PM duo Madhav Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai today (kh 06/09/2021)

CJ Rana hearing writ filed against EC, Speaker today (kh 05/09/2021)

Supreme Court hearing writ against NEA MD Ghising today : Writ assigned to CJ's bench (kh 05/09/2021), Writ against NEA MD Ghising not to be heard today (kh 05/09/2021)

Hearing on cases related to constitutional appointments in limboThe Supreme Court has issued an interim order to first settle whether the Constitutional Bench can sit without the chief justice, who has recused himself from the hearing, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/09/2021)

Court observation on public debate on sub judice cases raises questionsRestricting public discourse could be tantamount to gag order, which is a detriment to democracy, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/09/2021)

Military court negligence: two soldiers held in prison acquitted after another incident (kh 03/09/2021)

SC to hear writ petition on postponement of NC convention on Sunday (kh 03/09/2021)

Trivialising the apex court : When the executive flouts the judiciary’s decisions, it raises questions on the constitution’s legitimacy, by Bijesh Joshi and Laabhesh Thapa (kp 03/09/2021)

Justice Meera Khadka hearing UML Chair Oli’s writ /kh 03/09/2021)

Single bench of Justice Phuyal hearing writ against CJ’s involvement in Constitutional Bench (kh 02/09/2021), Supreme Court stays hearing on appointments in constitutional bodies, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/09/2021), After Supreme Court’s interim order on Constitutional Bench, NBA calls Advisory Council meet (kh 03/09/2021), Writ filed seeking repeal of stay order (ht 04/09/2021)

Hearing on murder case against Speaker Sapkota deferred again (rep 01/09/2021)

SC issues show cause order on writ relating to JN Khanal’s medical expenses (kh 01/09/2021)

Rana not to sit on Constitutional Bench to hear case of controversial appointments : Questions were raised whether Rana should preside over the bench to hear the cases where he has conflict of interest, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 28/08/2021), CJ Rana recuses self, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 28/08/2021)

Hearing on Constitutional council postponed after lawyers raise ethical questions against CJ Rana : CJ Rana likely to quit Bench (kh 27/08/2021)

Hearing postponed on mass murder case against NC lawmaker Alam (rep 27/08/2021)

Political Cases Swamp Supreme Court, by Mukti Rijal (rn 26/08/2021)

Five writs filed at SC against ordinance on party split (kh 19/08/2021), Petitions registered at Supreme Court against ordinance to amend Political Parties Act (kp 19/08/2021), With ordinance challenged in court, doubts over Nepal and Thakur’s new parties : Six advocates have petitioned against Deuba government’s ordinance to ease party splits, demanding its annulment and actions based on it, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/08/2021), Apex court moved against ordinance amending PPA, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/08/2021)

Rupandehi District Court issues contempt notice to Tiger One : The court has asked the company to explain why it disobeyed the order related to the alleged encroachment of public land, by Sangam Prasain (kp 18/08/2021)

HoR dissolution: Supreme Court dismisses 29 writ petitions (kh 18/08/2021)

Outgoing NEA Managing Director Shakya files writ petition against Kulman Ghising’s reappointment (rep 16/08/2021), SC hearing writ filed against NEA MD Ghising’s appointment (kh 24/08/2021)

SC refuses to issue interim order in Mahanta Thakur’s writ (kh 16/08/2021)

SC orders full ban on plastics (thinner than 40μ) within 21 days (kh 15/08/2021)

SC order on reservations draws flak, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 13/08/2021), 'Court prejudiced against reservation' (ht 13/08/2021)

SC’s division bench refuses to hear Aftab’s pleading citing conflict of interest (kh 13/08/2021)

Verdict not under influence and pressure: CJ Rana (kp 12/08/2021)

Chief Justice Rana justifies appointments to constitutional bodies, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 09/08/2021) [?????]

Writ against govt’s decision to scrap Land-related Commission filed (kh 06/08/2021), Supreme Court orders government not to implement its decision to scrap land commission : The bench has called the government and petitioners for discussion on August 17 to discuss the matter further (kp 09/08/2021)

Judicial Hyper Activism And Loktantra’s Decay : The criticism of the Supreme Court for this political activism was not just for a blatant partisanship and arrogating unto itself the right of a parliament, but also for its declaring that party decisions and discipline are irrelevant, by Dipak Gyawali (sp 06/08/2021)

One step forward, two steps back : Recent court ruling to revisit reservation and affirmative actions for those discriminated against by the state is regressive and defeats the purpose, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/08/2021), Going backwards : The idea that reservation must be based on need, and not caste, is flawed (kp 06/08/2021) [The judges also bear the characteristics of being male and high-caste. They obviously cannot escape their acquired view. As long as adequate participation in society is not guaranteed by a restrictive quota system also in the judiciary, a correct assessment of the situation of the traditionally excluded is unlikely to be realised!]

Supreme Court rejects Maoist Chair Prachanda’s vacate petition (kh 05/08/2021)

What Ails Justice Administration?, by Mukti Rijal (rn 05/08/2021)

SC refuses to issue interim order against EC decision on JSP’s official status dispute : SC gives go green to JSP's Yadav faction (kh 04/08/2021)

SC issues interim order against SSF, asks authorities to stop listing pvt sector employees by force (rep 04/08/2021)

SC orders halt in excavation of riverine substances (rep 03/08/2021)

Karki committee for Constitutional Council without chief justice : The idea behind having the chief justice on the council is he/she could vet names proposed by the prime minister, ensuring checks and balances, constitution drafters say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/08/2021)

Supreme Court refuses to issue interim order in former Maoist Center leaders’ writ (kh 02/08/2021)

SC validates UML’s action against 4 Karnali lawmakers (kh 02/08/2021), Four UML Province Assembly members breaching party whip lose their positions (rep 02/08/2021)

Four ex-Maoist lawmakers file writ petition at Supreme Court, seeking their reinstatement (rep 28/07/2021)

Patan High Court acquits former Speaker Mahara in alleged rape case (kh 27/07/2021)

Supplementary petition lodged at SC against constitutional appointments (kh 19/07/2021)

In criticising court, Oli defies rule of law, experts say : UML Standing Committee decides to ‘expose’ Supreme Court’s verdict ordering Deuba’s appointment as prime minister, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/07/2021)

Four judges of Special Court transferred (kh 17/07/2021)

Caste discrimination case : SC tells police to book ex-minister Shrestha (ht 16/07/2021)

SC orders immediate release of CPN (Maoist) leader Oli (kh 15/07/2021)

SC issues interim order to stay works on Kaligandaki River diversion (kh 14/07/2021), Plan to build dam on Kali Gandaki stayed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 15/07/2021)

NC Vice President Gachchhadar turns up at court (kh 14/07/2021)

Supreme Court shows Oli the door : Constitutional Bench orders Nepali Congress President Deuba’s appointment as prime minister and reinstatement of the House. Legal experts say the court verdict is a victory of rule of law, constitutionalism, independence of judiciary and democracy, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/07/2021)

Speaker can call meet of Lower House: Apex court (ht 13/07/2021)

MPs can’t be imposed whip as per Article 76 (5): SC (rep 12/07/2021) [This is a particularly important part of the ruling, as elected representatives are granted unrestricted freedom of conscience: Nepal has a democracy and not a party dictatorship! This also applies to those parties that now see themselves on the winning side!], Lawmakers free to give vote of confidence for PM under Article 76 (5): SC  (kh 2/07/2021), Oli supporters take to streets against SC verdict on House dissolution case (ht 12/07/2021)

SC reinstates House of Representatives yet again : "Appoint NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba as Prime Minister within two days" (kh 12/07/2021) [see Nepali text of the verdict, alternative link in case of overload of the SC server], Court orders President to appoint Congress leader Deuba prime minister by 5pm Tuesday : The decision of the five-member Constitutional Bench also orders summoning of the House by 5pm July 18 (kp 12/07/2021), Apex court reinstates parliament, issues mandamus to appoint Deuba as new PM (rep 12/07/2021), Supreme Court reinstates House, issues verdict in favour of Deuba's claim (ht 12/07/2021), Precedents of dissolution and reinstatement of HoR (kh 12/07/2021)

All eyes on the court with verdict on House dissolution likely today : Experts say what’s important is the order that the bench passes—floor test for Oli, Deuba’s appointment as prime minister or restarting process outlined in Article 76 (5), by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/07/2021)

President’s Office submits reply to Supreme Court on cabinet shuffle (kh 09/07/2021) [In other words, the President says she does not have to abide by the law and the Constitution and that it is not up to the Supreme Court to review this!]

Supreme Court seeks explanation from minister for misusing authority (ht 08/07/2021)

SC issues interim order not to bring 113 ropanis of Baluwatar land in government’s name (kh 08/07/2021)

SC issues show-cause order against defendants on Kaligandaki diversion project writ (kh 07/07/2021)

Former Maoist Center leaders lodging complaint at EC today : Calls for scrapping of Maoist Center’s registration (kh 07/07/2021)

HoR Dissolution: Three senior lawyers presenting counter-arguments today : Four hours remain for writ against HoR (kh 05/07/2021), Senior Advocate Karki argues lawmakers cannot withdraw signatures (kh 05/07/2021), Petitioners and defendants finish pleading on HoR dissolution : Selected amicus curiae scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm (kh 05/07/2021), Hearing on parliament dissolution case over, verdict likely on July 12 (rep 05/07/2021), HoR dissolution constitutional, election ultimate alternative: Amicus Curiae Pathak (kh 05/07/2021), PM will be relieved of post sans vote of confidence: Amicus Curiae Vaidya (kh 05/07/2021), Hearing on House dissolution case concludes with amici curiae divided : Two members present their briefs against May 21 decisions and the other two in support, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/07/2021), Court likely to give its verdict on July, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 06/07/2021)

House Dissolution: Constitutional Bench hearing debates today as well : Legal practitioners to debate on behalf of Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota (kh 04/07/2021), No party whips on the govt formation as per Article 76 (5): Speaker Sapkota’s lawyer (kh 04/07/2021), “Could court practice appointing Prime Minister?”, CJ Rana questions (kh 04/07/2021), Shouldn’t PM Oli resign to make room for govt formation?: Senior Advocate Neupane (kh 04/07/2021), Senior Advocate Mainali argues Article 76 (5) checks PM’s whims to dissolve HoR (kh 04/07/2021), Constitution was violated by President: Senior Advocate Kharel (kh 04/07/2021), Constitutional Bench poses six questions to petitioners’ side before counter arguments begin (kh 04/07/2021)

SC to pass its verdict on HoR dissolution case next week (rep 03/07/2021)

SC reinstates four elected representatives of Kailali (kh 02/06/2021)

After the petitioners, now the defendants, by Narayan Manandhar (rec 02/07/2021)

Questions galore before the Supreme Court as it hears House dissolution : How the Constitutional Bench looks into arguments from the petitioners and defendants and how it passes a verdict will help define the constitution, experts say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/07/2021), HoR Dissolution: Govt attorneys to finish pleading today : Lawyers to begin arguments on behalf of Speaker (kh 02/07/2021)

Nepal Can Benefit From Mediation Treaty, by Mukti Rijal (rn 02/07/2021)

Lawyers defending House dissolution face intense grilling : Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana asks lawyers whether it is mandatory for  the President to appoint a prime minister after Article 76(5) is invoked, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/06/2021), Anti-defection law key weapon of defence team (ht 30/06/2021) [Once again, it is evident that Nepal does not have democracy but party rule. Since the parties are not structured democratically and the party leaders claim almost absolute power, the constitution and the party law must be amended so that decision-making power lies with the elected representatives of the people who, despite all the necessary party discipline, are primarily responsible to their conscience! Hopefully, the SC will demand this in its final judgement!], Defendants’ lawyers argue President can use discretion while appointing prime minister : If Article 76 (5) meant there’d be no party intervention, it would have been mentioned in the constitution, advocate Panta says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/7/2021), “Why Oli laid claim to PM again after failing to win trust vote?”, CJ Rana asks defendants’ lawyers (kh 01/07/2021)

HoR Dissolution: Deliberation on writ on behalf of PM to continue even today : Deputy Attorney General Pandey to advocate (kh 29/06/2021), Isn’t parliament a forum to seek vote of confidence? Chief Justice Rana asks govt attorney (kh 29/06/2021) [What a confusing argumentation on the part of the Attorney General!], HoR Dissolution: Political parties subject to party whip in democratic country: Joint Attorney General Pandey (kh 29/06/2021) [Accordingly, most of the democratic states in the world are not democratic at all if they put the freedom of conscience of the members of parliament above party discipline, e.g. Germany!], PM’s resignation not envisaged by constitution, argues DAG Pandey (kh 29/06/2021) [Mr Pandey, please read Article 77 (1) (a) of the Constitution. A leading jurist in the country should be familiar with this passage!]

Judiciary in federalism of Nepal: Universally agreed principles ignored, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (ht 28/06/2021)

HoR dissolution: Govt attorneys delivering arguments on behalf of Prime Minister from today : Ramesh Badal, Sushil Panta and Agni Kharel to advocate (kh 28/06/2021), Court should order Deuba be appointed prime minister, lawyers argue : As Article 75 (5) has already been activated, the question now is who should lead the government on its basis, they say. The defendants’ arguments begin today, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 28/06/2021), Writ filed against HoR does not fall within jurisdiction of Constitutional Bench: Attorney General Badal (kh 28/06/2021) [And what about Article 137 (2) in combination with Article 133 (1)? The Attorney General's statement casts doubt on his legal qualifications!], House dissolution case doesn’t fall within ambit of Constitutional Bench, Attorney General argues : Claims the petitions registration process itself was flawed, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/06/2021)

HoR Dissolution: Debates on behalf of writ petitioners concluding today (kh 27/06/2021), Hearing on HoR dissolution concludes for today : Time given to petitioners for initial hearing also over (kh 27/06/2021), Speaker Sapkota’s lawyers to get one and half hour for debate (kh 27/06/2021)

Apex court issues interim order not to appoint Yuvraj Karki as ambassador (kh 27/06/2021) [Prime Minister Oli loves to bend the constitution and laws to suit himself!]

Oli’s gambit Supreme Court’s Constitutional Bench begins crucial hearings on PM Oli’s dissolution of the House, by Tufan Neupane (nt 25/06/2021), Article 76 (5) is meant for individual lawmakers—not parties, lawyers tell bench : On the second day of hearing on House dissolution, advocates attempt to interpret the provision’s legislative intent and how it has been breached, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/06/2021), PM and President have no right to dissolve HoR: Advocate Pokharel (kh 25/06/2021), Today’s hearing on House dissolution case over, petitioners now have 2.35 hrs for debate (rep 25/06/2021), CJ Rana asks lawyers to clarify where claim and grounds ought to be verified (kh 25/06/2021), President cannot determine party affiliation in Article 76 (5): Advocate Bhattarai (kh 25/06/2021)

SC continues hearing on writs against HoR dissolution today : Advocates Raman, Harihar, Dinmani and Sunil to deliver arguments (kh 24/06/2021)

Supreme Court quashes cabinet reshuffle : 20 ministers relieved of their positions (kh 22/06/2021), Supreme Court quashes appointment of 20 ministers : Oli had inducted the ministers in two different Cabinet expansions after the government became a caretaker one following May 21 House dissolution (kp 22/06/2021), In a big blow to Oli, Supreme Court annuls appointments of 20 ministers : Interim order asserts government is a caretaker one and terms induction of new ministers earlier this month, after prime minister lost a confidence vote, unconstitutional, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/06/2021) [Why are only the new appointments of ministers considered unconstitutional under Article 77 (3), but not the dismissals made at the same time? In any case, the aforementioned article does not make any distinction.]

SC issues interim order to vaccinate 1.35 million senior citizens awaiting second dose of Covidsheild vaccine (kh 22/06/2021)

SC hearing on UML’s vacate petition: Court orders both parties to appear before court (kh 22/06/2021)

Former lawmaker Thapa reaches SC again : Demands reinstatement to province assembly again (kh 21/06/2021)

SC issues interim order to prioritize vaccination for journalists (kh 20/06/2021)

Litmus Test Of Judiciary, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 20/06/2021)

Enhancing Public Trust In Judiciary, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 19/06/2021)

Supreme Court issues interim order not to implement the government policy to export sand, pebbles and stones : There had been widespread criticism of the government’s policy, announced in the budget for the fiscal year 2021-22, to export these materials needed for construction (kp 18/06/02021), SC issues interim order to halt govt’s plan of exporting river products (kh 18/06/2021), Supreme Court puts brakes on government’s plan to extract aggregates for export : Extracting the Chure resources in the name of decreasing trade deficit would degrade the environment, critics say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/06/2021)

Supreme Court moved against Constitutional Council Act Ordinance (ht 14/06/2021)

Supreme Court asks for district and appellate court verdicts’ documents against Karnali Province Minister Thapa (kh 13/06/2021), SC annuls interim order that reinstated lawmaker Thapa (kh 14/06/2021)

Writ seeks to stay appointments to constitutional bodies as recommended by CC on May 9 (kh 13/06/2021)

Supreme Court issues interim order not to implement citizenship ordinance (kh 10/06/2021), Supreme Court orders government not to enforce citizenship ordinance : Constitutional Bench says legal complications could arise if the ordinance fails to get through Parliament, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/06/2021)[Extreme complications and costs will also arise if the Supreme Court declares the renewed dissolution of parliament and cabinet reshuffle by caretaker Prime Minister Oli unconstitutional, which is to be expected given the clear wording of the constitution!], SC stays citizenship ordinance, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 11/06/2021() [Because of the Hindu thinking of the ruling elite, women continue to be discriminated against. If children of Nepali women with foreign men do not have an unrestricted right to citizenship, then according to Article 18 of the Constitution this also applies to children of Nepali men and foreign women! However, neither is right!], Apex court's stay on citizenship ordinance raises questions (ht 12/06/2021)

Broken justice : Constitutional bench judges have a wonderful opportunity to restore public faith in the judiciary (ae 10/06/2021)

Constitutional Bench puts to bed questions over its composition : After hearing opening arguments, justices ask defendants in House dissolution cases to furnish clarification by June 23. The bench also seeks amicus curiae briefs, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/06/2021)

Who decides vote of confidence, HoR or the President?, Senior advocate Thapa asks : ‘As the ad-hoc PM has dissolved HoR, Interim order should be issued’ (kh 09/06/2021)

Bench-hunting sets a bad precedent for the judiciary, according to experts : Crucial time of the Supreme Court is being wasted on unnecessary things, they say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/06/2021) [This is intentional on the part of Oli and other politicians!], Govt. attorney’s Sunday protest against Constitutional Bench goes unheard : Justice Khatiwada says the Bench is final (kh 09/06/2021), Chief Justice Rana refuses to reconstitute Constitutional Bench (rep 09/06/2021), Constitutional Bench: Justices in internal discussion (rep 09/06/2021), SC refuses to issue interim order against HoR dissolution, hearing to be continued from June 23 (rep), Supreme Court issues show cause notice to offices of the President and prime minister over House dissolution : Constitutional Bench has asked the defendants to furnish clarification in writing by June 23 (kp 09/06/2021), SC allocates 15 hours each to both parties of HoR dissolution case (kh), SC seeks amicus curiae on Parliament dissolution case (kh 09/06/2021)

All Eyes On Supreme Court, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 08/06/2021)

Supreme Court hearing writs against cabinet expansion today (kh 08/06/2021)

All eyes on Chief Justice Rana, as crisis deepens in the judiciary : After Rana constituted the bench on seniority basis, Oli’s lawyers demand expulsion of two justices for their position that current House dissolution is linked to March 7 verdict, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 07/06/2021), Court on trial : The judiciary must ensure its independence so that it remains loyal to the citizens and not the powers that be (kp 07/06/2021)

SC hearing on HoR dissolution adjourned for Wednesday citing CJ Rana’s health condition (kh 07/06/2021)

SC orders reinstatement of Rastriya Janamorcha’s expelled lawmaker Thapa (kh 06/06/2021) [What does this provisional ruling mean for the numerous party expulsions in recent months, all of which were based on power politics?],

SC receives writ petition seeking reversal of cabinet reshuffle (kh 06/06/2021)

Chief Justice Rana did not sign either of statements to draw intellectual discussion (kh 06/06/2021)

CJ Rana forms Constitutional Bench of senior judges : Constitutional Bench to hear House dissolution case today (kh 06/06/2021), Govt lawyers object to Constitutional Bench reformation (kh 06/06/02021), AG Badal expresses dissatisfaction over reformation of Constitutional Bench (kh 06/06/2021), CJ Rana warns lawyers of charging with contempt of court as they raise questions over 11 justices (rep 06/06/2021), Chief Justice Rana warns of suing on defamation allegation (kh 06/06/2021), Now, it’s ruling side lawyers’ turn to question constitution of Constitutional Bench : Lawyers argue 11 justices of the Supreme Court cannot be included in the bench (rep 06/06/2021)

CJ Rana forms a constitutional bench comprising senior judges in the roster : The Bench to hear the ordinance related to citizenship today (kh 04/06/2021), Amendment to rules redundant for Constitutional Bench formation: Full Court (kh 04/06/2021), SC hearing against citizenship ordinance adjourned till June 10 : Hearing on HoR dissolution to resume from Sunday (kh 04/06/2021), Petition seeks exclusion of 11 judges in Constitutional Bench (kh 04/06/2021)

Expanding Mediation Services, by Mukti Rijal (03/06/2021)

Back in court : The world will be watching the political and legal eccentricities taking  place in Nepal, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 01/06/2021), Judiciary in the dock as justices come into question : Never in the past has the Supreme Court faced a crisis  of such immense proportions where it has to fight to  justify the composition of a bench, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/06/2021) [Oli's state-destroying policies continue to work just fine!], Justices divided on recusal, hearing put off, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 01/06/2021), Justices Karki and Bhattarai quit as KC and Shrestha decide to remain in bench (kh 01/06/2021), Chief Justice Rana to reconstitute Constitutional Bench with justices on seniority basis : After Bam Kumar Shrestha and Tej Bahadur KC refuse to recuse, Deepak Kumar Karki and Ananda Mohan Bhattarai leave the bench. Hearing on House dissolution to start on June 6 with a new set of justices (kp 01/06/2021)

Lawyer say judges KC and Shrestha should leave bench to maintain SC’s dignity (kh 30/05/2021), House dissolution case: Senior lawyer Thapa suggests Chief Justice Rana to stay on leave (kh 30/05/2021), Lawyers continue to question composition of bench examining House dissolutionChief Justice Rana has agreed to review his selection of justices and is expected to announce a decision today. Public faith in the judiciary is at stake, observers say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 31/05/2021), Petitioners call for CJ, two justices to recuse themselves from case, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 31/05/2021)

SC to begin hearing writs against HoR dissolution today (kh 27/05/2021), CJ Rana sends all 19 petitions on HoR dissolution to constitutional bench (kh 27/05/2021), SC refuses to issue interim-order, all writ petitions to be heard at Constitutional Bench (rep 27/05/2021) [Since the Supreme Court recently denied the Prime Minister the right to dissolve the House of Representatives in order to maintain his personal power, it is to be hoped that the Constitutional Bench, in the interest of Nepal and its people, will reach a verdict a little faster this time.], HoR dissolution: Constitutional Bench hearing all writs from today (kh 28/05/2021), Constitutional Bench to decide the fate of 30 petitions : Petitioners wanted an extended full bench to look into the case of House dissolution, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/05/2021), SC hearing adjourns as concern raised over Justice Shrestha’s inclusion in Constitutional Bench : Hearing on HoR dissolution to continue Sunday (kh 28/05/2021)

Supreme Court summons editors over news reports. Not everyone is amusedExperts say court’s rebuttal of news suggesting a meeting between prime minister and chief justice is uncalled for and demanding proof from editors wrong, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 26/05/2021), Supreme Court to hear writs against HoR dissolution on Thursday and Friday (kh 26/05/2021)

Preparation to file contempt of court writ against PM Oli (kh 25/05/2021)

Opposition alliance moves court against House dissolutionAs many as 146 members from Congress, Maoist Centre, UML’s Nepal faction, Janata Samajbadi’s Yadav-Bhattarai faction and Janamorcha demand restoration of House, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/05/2021), PM-CJ meeting at night in Baluwatar does not bode well: JSP leader Bhattarai (kh 25/05/2021) [The Chief Justice should not meet people who are the focus of a serious case in the making!], SC fixes May 27 and 28 as hearing dates for writs against HoR dissolution (kh 25/05/2021)

Chain of injustice : The perpetrators of the caste killings in Rukum West are yet to face justice (kp 25/05/2021)

Supreme Court scraps appointment of seven ministers who are not lawmakers : Chief Justice Rana’s bench says their appointment and oath, on May 14, prima facie, against constitutional provisions. All of them had joined the CPN-UML after deserting the Maoist Centre (kp 20/05/2021) [Oli as well as Thapa and the other deserters really deserve this! Finally respect the constitution, the laws and the parliamentary defeats, Mr Oli, and resign!], SC scraps appointment of non-MP ministers, seven including Home Min Thapa relieved (ht 20/05/2021), C Orders Seven Ministers To Stop Works (rn 20/05/2021)

Controversy over PM's swearing-in snowballs : Petition filed in the Supreme Court demanding that Oli be sworn in again, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 17/05/2021), SC seeks written response from PM on swearing-in (kh 18/05/2021), SC refuses interim order, seeks written response from defendants within 15 days (rep 18/05/2021) [Why not for 28 days? Then this would at least be a very clear statement by the SC that they are not thinking of reprimanding the PM for his misconduct at all?]

Writ filed at SC seeking dismissal of 7 ministers sans parliamentary memberships (kh 17/05/2021)

Chief justice in dock for attending council meet : Experts say Rana, who has refused to hear a petition against ordinance on Constitutional Council Act, committed judicial misconduct, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/05/2021)

Apex court decrees Jhapa District Court : verdict illegal, orders release of minor, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/05/2021)

Former secy Basnyat files habeas corpus writ at SC (kh 30/04/2021)

SC stipulates timing for filing writs and holding hearings (kh 30/04/2021)

Police defy court to arrest journalist, media manager: Anil Tamang and DL Tamang of were detained for publishing document bearing purported signatures of KP Oli and Samant Goel, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/04/2021)

Supreme Court bars anti-graft agency from conducting sting operations : The bench says such an act is against the constitutional and legal provisions and the principle of the criminal justice system (kp 21/04/2021), CIAA can no longer carry out sting operations: SC : 400 cases to be dismissed (kh 21/04/2021), After court verdict on sting operations, questions arise over sub judice cases : Top court is silent on the fate of those already convicted on the basis of sting operations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/04/2021)

Verdict ahead of parliamentary hearing raises multiple questions : Experts say the Supreme Court saying Nahakul Subedi is qualified for the post of justice before a parliamentary hearing threatens the principle of separation of powers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/04/2021)

Free legal aid inadequate, ineffective, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/04/2021)

Supreme Court refuses to review its verdict to revive UML and Maoist Center (rep 01/04/2021), A setback for Dahal as court rejects his review petition : With the court refusing to revisit the revival of the Maoist Centre and UML, Dahal’s options are limited, as Nepal faction joining hands with him soon is unlikely, insiders say, by Tika R Pradhan and Anil Giri (kp 02/04/2021)

Constitutional bench: Comments on performance from lawyers and ex-justice (kh 01/04/2021)

Judiciary in the spotlight as political process is halted : Nepali politicians’ inertia and failure to find solutions to the deadlock politically could give room to non-political actors, which is not good for democracy, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/03/2021)

Court seeks copies of Cabinet decisions made during Madhav Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai’s tenures in relation to Lalita Niwas land transfers : The two former prime ministers are among a number of key people spared by the anti-graft body which last year filed corruption cases against 175 individuals, including three former ministers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/03/2021), SC orders CIAA to submit latter's decision not to file charge-sheets against former PMs Nepal, Bhattarai over Lalita Niwas land scam (rep 29/03/2021), Court seeks copies of Nepal’s and Bhattarai’s Cabinet decisions relating to Lalita Niwas case : The two former prime ministers were among key people spared by the anti-graft body which last year filed graft cases against 175 individuals, including three former ministers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/03/2021)

Supreme Court: Arbiter of democracy : One bad stumble is all it takes for a fledgeling system to suffer a fatal blow, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 24/03/2021)

Maoist Center to seek review on SC’s decision to nullify NCP (kh 23/03/2021)

Attorney General Agni Kharel resigns (rep 19/03/2021) [This was overdue since his strange justification of the Oli coup!]

Court yet to hear case on constitutional body picks : Chief Justice Rana himself is a defendant in the case that should constitutionally be heard by the bench he chairs, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/03/2021) [The Chief Justice is clearly biased and cannot judge objectively in this case!]

Judicial Council picks judges for Supreme Court, High Court (rep 12/03/202) [What about female judges??]

Supreme Court awards Nepal Communist Party to Rishiram Kattel : The decision makes the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) registered under Oli and Dahal in May 2018 illegitimate (kp 07/03/2021), SC recognizes Rishi Kattel’s party authentic NCP : Annuls Prachanda-Oli’s NCP (kh 07/03/2021) [This means that the two divided factions of the ruling party must immediately look for a new names. Both use of the name NCP is illegitimate! The question remains why the SC took so long to make this important decision. The EC should never have recognised Oli and Dahal's party as NCP under existing law!]

Supreme Court final verdict on NCP’s name row on Sunday (kh 06/03/2021)

Supreme Court lenient on pressing contempt charge against journalists, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/03/2021) [!!!]

Road upgradation continues amidst tight security (ht 28/02/2021) [What does the Oli government care about Supreme Court directives!]

SC issues interim order against Jalahari installation at Pashupatinath (kh), President Bhandari reaches Pashupatinath to begin installation of golden ‘Jalahari’  (kh 24/02/2021), Court issues stay order after President unveils golden Jalahari at Pashupati temple : Two petitions were filed at the Supreme Court against the government’s decision to release a large sum of money from the state coffers to the temple, by Anup Ojha (kp 25/02/2021)

SC reinstates House of Representatives : Orders government to summon House session within the next 13 days (kh23/02/2021) [Happy birthday, Mr Oli!], House of Representatives reinstated with the verdict of Supreme Court on Dissolution case (ht 23/02/2021), In a landmark verdict, Supreme Court reinstates House of Representatives (Read the verdict) (rep 23/02/2021), Supreme Court scraps all appointments made by govt to various constitutional bodies after Dec 20 (rep 23/02/2021)

HoR dissolution case on SC’s cause list for today (kh 23/02/2021)

Army chief Thapa meets Chief Justice Rana (rep 22/02/221) [Contempt of court??], Army chief’s meeting with chief justice stokes speculation of political message : The meeting between Thapa and Rana comes at a time when the nation is awaiting a verdict on House dissolution, which could determine the country’s future course, by Anil Giri (kp 23/02/2021)

Hearing on writ petitions against HoR dissolution concludes, verdict awaited : The apex court is expected to issue the verdict anytime after Feb 23 (rep 19/02/2021), Hearing In HoR Dissolution Case Ends (rn 19/02/2021), With hearing over, justices will now study legal briefs and discuss case before verdict : More than 100 lawyers, including amicus curiae members, spoke on the legality of Oli’s move. Arguments on both sides were weak and repetitive and waste of time, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/02/202)

House dissolution hearing in final leg as amicus curiae starts presenting brief : The first of the five friends of the court in his arguments wavers talking about ambiguities in the constitution rather than the legality of KP Sharma Oli’s move, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/02/2021), Amicus curiae arguments so far against House dissolution : Purna Man Shakya, the fourth of the five friends of the court, says the constitution provides limited power to the prime minister with no enabling provision to dissolve the House, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/02/2021)

Enact the law : It is hard to define what constitutes contempt of court when the parliament has not enacted a law to this effect (ht 17/02/2021)

Former chief justices respond to the Supreme Court, say their statement does not amount to contempt of court : The court had sought reply in writing from four former justices over their January 8 statement in which they called Oli’s House dissolution move unconstitutional (kp 15/02/2021) [But the statements of Oli and his henchmen do this in an extremely diverse way!], Former chief justices reply to the court, reasserting why free speech matters : In saying House dissolution is unconstitutional, they say they used their right to freedom of expression and that does not amount to contempt of court, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/02/2021)

Writ petitioners’ advocates responding to questions (kh 14/02/2021)

SC seeks evidence to decide whether or not to try former PMs in Baluwatar land grab scam (kh 14/02/2021)

Hearing on House dissolution to take at least one more week to conclude : The bench is yet to hear from lawyers representing Speaker Sapkota, counter-argument from plaintiff and statements from the amicus curiae—a process that could go on till February 17, a court official says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/02/2021) [This long duration of the trial is irresponsible in view of the immense damage already done to the country!]

Public prosecutors’ debate likely to end today, time limit set to 15 minutes (kh 07/02/2021), Defending lawyers told to end arguments by Feb 12 (ht 08/02/2021), Hearing on HoR dissolution: Chief Justice Rana turns strict on time limit : Orders advocates to end debate instantly (kh 08/02/2021)

Speaker Agni Sapkota files writ petition at Supreme Court against appointments made at constitutional bodies (rep 05/02/2021), SC issues show-cause notice over appointments to constitutional bodies (kh 05/02/2021), SC refuses to grant interim order on Speaker Sapkota’s writ petition against CC appointments (kh 07/02/2021), Show cause notice to govt on new appointments (ht 08/02/2021)

Is Nepal’s judiciary independent? The influence of political parties is the most common threat Nepali judiciary is facing. When judges are appointed based on political affiliation judiciary will be politically influenced, by Abesh Adhikari (rep 03/02/2021)

SC fails to hear case against Prachanda ‘due to lack of time’ (kh 02/02/2021), Supreme Court orders Dahal to furnish written reply on contempt of court charge : Dahal is the seventh person after Oli, four former chief justices and former Speaker Dhungana to be summoned by the court over contempt cases (kp 03/02/2021), SC contempt notice has little effect on Dahal (ht 06/02/2021) [Both Oli and Dahal and many other top politicians from government and parties are contempting the court continuously!]

CJ Rana asks lawyers' organizations to help safeguard independence of judiciary (rep 30/01/2021)

It’s time for parties to register for polls but Oli-Dahal’s legitimacy row remains : Election Commission this week decided not to give legitimacy to either faction of Nepal Communist Party. But with elections nearing, it will have to make a choice, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/01/2021) [Wouldn't it be time for an interim order by the Supreme Court to halt election preparations pending a final decision on the constitutionality of the dissolution of parliament? Nepal is facing irreparable damage!]

Article 93 of constitution : Flouted clause in HoR dissolution, by Pushpa R Joshi (ht 29/01/2021)

Hearing on contempt of court cases filed against PM Oli, ex-speaker Dhungana and four ex-chief justices today (rep 21/01/2021), Supreme Court summons Prime Minister Oli within seven days with written response in contempt of court case : The court has also summoned former Speaker Daman Nath Dhungana and four former chief justices for speaking up on the House dissolution case which is being heard by the Constitutional Bench (kp 28/01/2021)

Justice Malla asks writ petitioners: How long should this case go? (kh 27/01/2021)

Contempt of court case against Oli filed at Supreme Court : Two advocates have filed separate petitions, saying the prime minister disparaged the court and legal practitioners (kp 26/01/2021)

Decoding controversies surrounding writ petitions, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 25/01/2021)

In mocking lawyers and judiciary, Oli is making a mockery of rule of law : Legal experts say ever since he dissolved the House, the prime minister has been making attempts to justify his move and in doing so he has turned the whole situation into a farce, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/01/2021), Former presidents of NBA condemn PM’s remarks (ht 25/01/2021), Ethical question raised against Attorney General Agni Kharel (ht 25/01/2021), Arguments against prime minister’s move continue, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 26/01/2021)

Lawyers spell out flaws in PM’s move, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/01/2021)

Supreme Court asks for House dissolution notice published in Nepal Gazette (rep 21/01/2021), A scrambling Oligovernment produces gazette before court, but it’s backdated : Hiding information and distorting it have been the hallmark of the Oli government and not publishing the House dissolution notice is a major procedural lapse, experts say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/01/2021)

Advocates demand SC to curb PM Oli’s statement that the parliament cannot be reconstituted (kh 20/01/2021)

Hearing on HoR dissolution: Constitutional Bench fixes time limit for advocacy (kh 20/01/2021), CJ fixes 30 minutes for lawyers to plead their case (ht 21/01/2021)

At House dissolution hearing, advocates prod bench to look to legislative intentStating that constitution does not provide room for the prime minister to dissolve Parliament, lawyers demand debate transcripts and records of charter drafting process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/01/2021), What is legislative intent and why lawyers want the Constitutional Bench to look to it : Advocates bring an interview and video clip of Subas Nembang to justices’ notice to argue the point that constitutional provisions be followed not only in letter but in spirit too, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/01/2021)

Constitutional Bench to continue hearing petitions against House dissolution : The five-member bench led by chief justice rejects calls for sending the writ petitions to an extended full bench, saying the issue warrants serious constitutional interpretation, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/01/2021)

Constitutional Bench to continue hearing writs against HoR dissolution : Continuous hearing from Sunday (kh 15/01/2021)

Supreme Court finally issues verdict in favour of new curricula for grade 11 : While private schools had been sticking to the old curriculum, public ones had adopted the new one, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/01/2021)

Sapana Pradhan Malla replaces Hari Krishna Karki, as Constitutional Bench is set to hear House dissolution case : Karki had recused himself from the bench on January 6 after questions that his presence constituted a conflict of interest (kp 13/01/2021), Petitioners to press for grand full bench, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 13/01/2021), Attorney General At Odds With Demand On Extended Full Bench On HoR Dissolution Case (rn 13/01/2021), Hearing On HoR Dissolution Writ Petition Goes Short Of Time; Next Hearing On Friday (rn 13/01/2021) [With the state and democracy at stake, clarification by the Supreme Court must be a top priority and much faster!], SC keeps HoR dissolution case in ‘on-hearing’ status : Next hearing on Friday (kh 13/01/2021)

Chief justice mandatorily chairing Constitutional Bench exposes a major oversight by charter drafters : Recommendations of Constitutional Council meeting attended by Rana have been challenged at the Constitutional Bench. Can he sit on the bench which has to decide on a case which has his involvement?, by Prithvi Man Shrestha and Binod Ghimire (kp 10/01/2021)

For the region and beyond : Nepal’s institutions have a historic opportunity to make Nepali democracy a model, by Dnyanesh Kamat (kp 10/01/2021)

House dissolution: Final hearing begins today with arguments in favour of writs : The supremacy of the constitution is at stake and it is up to the five-member Constitutional Bench to safeguard constitutionalism and set a good precedent, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/01/2021). All eyes on the Supreme Court : The role of the Supreme Court now is to provide a fair interpretation which must protect the spirit of the current constitution, by Abesh Adhikari (rep 06/01/2021), Petitioners seek full bench of Supreme Court in the hearing of house dissolution case (rep 06/01/2021), Advocates, Justices fall out over modus operandi of hearing writs (kh 06/01/2021), Justice Karki announces exiting Constitutional Bench (kh 06/01/2021), SC to conduct next hearing on HoR dissolution on Jan 13 (kh 06/01/2021) [The SC should wait with its decision until the power-addicted politicians have finally destroyed the democratic state!], Karki recuses himself after lawyers question why he was on bench : Next hearing on writs against House dissolution on January 13 will focus on whether the  five-member Constitutional Bench should hear them or send them to extended full  bench, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/01/2021), SC justices advise CJ to send House dissolution case to extended full bench, by Shova Sharma (Setopati 07/01/2021)

Hearings on Constitutional Council ordinance, appointments get deferred : The deferral comes when questions are being raised over the alleged influence of the executive over the judiciary, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/01/2021)

Constitutional Bench asks for reasons for House dissolution, seeks amicus curiae : The five-member bench also asks about the time of the no-confidence motion filed against the Oli government. There are conflicting versions on when it was registered, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/12/2020)

Judicial Committee ensuring justice to local levels, by Pujan Ghimire (kh 23/12/2020), Local Justice Actors Under Scrutiny, by Mukti Rijal (rn 24/12/2020)

Power sharing cases pile up at constitutional bench : Constitutional experts say devolution of power between various tiers of government has been hampered due to bench’s failure to issue verdicts, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/12/2020)

SC issues verdict against govt’s decision to allow land fragmentation (kh 08/12/2020)

Politicization obstructing easy access to justice, by Buddhabir Bahing (kh 05/12/2020)

Local levels making justice accessible, by Kokila Dhakal (kh 03/12/2020)

Judicial Committees working as local courts, by Bimal Prasad Pokhrel (kh 28/11/2020)

Supreme Court paves way for NCP Vice Chair Gautam to become minister (rep 11/11/2020)

Despite court verdict, Covid patients made to pay for tests, treatment : The Supreme Court quashed its review petition, but the ministry is yet to implement the judiciary’s latest order, by Arjun Poudel (kp 08/11/2020)

Amid dispute, Supreme Court stays implementation of grade 11 curricula : Court rules officials shouldn’t enforce curricula when local governments have authority to manage school education, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/11/2020)

विशेष अदालतको औचित्य र यथार्थ : राज्यको शासन व्यवस्थामा सुशासनको प्राण भर्ने कुनै पनि सरकारी निकाय किमार्थ ओझलमा नपरून्, नपारियून् र पर्न नदिऊँ [The justification and reality of the special court : Let no government body, which is the lifeblood of good governance in the state system of governance, disappear, be overwhelmed and let it fall], by Ashok Kumar Kshetri (ap 06/11/2020)

Govt seeks judicial review of Supreme Court verdict to make PCR test, COVID-19 treatment free : Claiming that the costs of PCR test, COVID-19 treatment had been fixed taking into account the economic situation and capacity of the patients to bear the cost, the health ministry demands an overturn of the apex court’s previous order (rep 02/11/2020), SC declines to review its verdict on free treatment for COVID-19 : Asks Health Minister as to why he should be exempted from action for contempt of court (kh 05/11/2020) [!!!]

फास्ट ट्य्राक कोर्ट : अबको न्यायिक सुधार : कतिपय अवस्थामा अक्षम जनशक्ति, अनुत्तरदायी अधिकारी, झन्झटिलो कार्यविधि, कमजोर न्याय पद्धति र राजनीतिक गुन्डागर्दी एवं पदीय धाक तथा विविध प्रभाव र न्यायिक विचलनका कारण पीडितले प्रभावकारी न्याय पाउनबाट वञ्चित हुनुपरिरहेको छ , by Tek Narayan Kunwar (ka 30/10/2020)

Municipalities want their jurisdiction defined clearly in new local government law : Local governments want legal teeth to allow them to exercise their constitutional authority on school education and also on the registration of businesses, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/10/2020)

Victims of crimes continue to be at the receiving end of panchayat justice : Most of them have no knowledge of legal proceedings while factors like lengthy legal process and financial burden drive them to seek justice from within the community, lawyers say, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 11/10/2020)

Supreme Court justices, officials catch COVID-19; apex court’s services severely affected (rep 05/10/2020)

SC hearing against Gautam’s nomination to NA begins, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 01/10/2020)

SC allows review of verdict to acquit accused in Ram Hari murder case (kh 01/10/2020)

Convoluted court judgments often leave even lawyers scratching their heads : Legal experts stress the need to simplify the language in court orders, which are so wordy and long-winded that even they struggle to decipher them, let alone the general public, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 27/09/2020),  [For the at least 56 percent of Nepali citizens for whom Nepali is not their mother tongue, the problem is likely to be much greater!]

3 writ petitions filed at SC against Bamdev Gautam (kh 21/09/2020), Supreme Court blocks Bamdev Gautam’s way to the Cabinet, for now : Responding to a writ against Gautam’s nomination to the Assembly, Justice Ananda Mohan Bhattarai has ordered not to give any additional constitutional positions to him, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/09/2020), Supreme Court tells government not to induct Gautam in Cabinet : He will not be able to act as a member of the National Assembly until September 30 (ht 24/09/20210)

Resolve Local Disputes Through Mediation, by Mukti Rijal (rn 17/09/2020)

SC stays removal of ban on land plotting (kh 14/09/2020)

Why is the government ignoring SC’s verdicts on pandemic?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 13/09/2020)

In cases involving members of Chand-led outfit, police are violating court orders : Members of the group have been rearrested multiple times despite courts  ordering their release citing the lack of evidence, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/09/2020)

Judiciary Placed Under Scrutiny, by Mukti Rijal (rn 27/08/2020)

Will CJ's new initiative end corruption in the judiciary?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 23/08/2020)

Don’t let hospitals deny medical care to anyone: SC to govt (ht 17/08/2020)

Supreme Court cuts down workload amidst COVID pandemic (ht 15/08/2020)

Enhancing Trust In Judiciary, by Kundan Aryal (rn 14/08/2020)

Patan High Court issues interim order barring Sushil Bhatta from assuming office as CEO of investment board: The court has summoned the two parties in the case for a hearing on August 16 to decide the legitimacy of Bhatta’s appointment, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/08/2020), Court clears way for Bhatta to take charge as board chief, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/08/2020)

Nepal Bar Association calls for a mechanism to control corruption in the judiciary: It has concluded that the justice delivery process under the incumbent leadership of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana is not satisfactory (kp 11/08/2020)

Judiciary: Public should maintain restraint on comments about court order/verdicts, by Pankaj Kumar Karn (ht 09/08/2020) [As long as the court decisions are based on existing law and serve the purpose of finding justice, this must be agreed to!]

Court acquits eight police officers charged in connection with Nirmala Pant rape-murder case: The officers were charged with meting out torture and destroying evidence, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 31/07/2020)

Supreme Court rejects plea to halt compensation hearing (ht 30/07/2020)

SC dissatisfied with its verdicts being questioned (ht 28/07/2020), SC urges all to respect judicial sanctity as it courts public criticisms over a case involving former DIG Koirala (rep) [Decency and moral courage demand that the Supreme Court should also be criticised when, for whatever reason, it condescends to such judgments that call into question the rule of law and the dignity of human beings. In any case, the Chief Justice must explain his decision!]

Attorney general questions Supreme Court verdict on Koirala case: The former DIG of the Armed Police Force convicted of murdering his wife was released Thursday following top court’s order, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/07/2020) [Doubts about the constitutional action of the judiciary!], Calls grow louder to impeach Chief Justice Rana: Verdict to commute a wife murderer’s sentence erodes people’s trust in judiciary, legal practitioners say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/07/2020), Full Division Bench Grants Approval To Review SC's Verdict On Releasing Ex-DIG Koirala (rn 26/07/2020), SC excludes seven justices from list of justices hearing govt’s review petition against verdict to release ex-DIG Koirala (rep 26/07/2020), Supreme Court orders review of the decision by a bench comprising chief justice on Ranjan Koirala case: A three-justice bench questions the rationale behind Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana and Justice Tej Bahadur KC’s verdict to commute Koirala’s sentence from life imprisonment to eight and a half years for murdering his wife, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 27/07/2020)

First consumer court expected to open within this fiscal year: One-third of the 1,869 firms inspected in the last fiscal year were found to be engaged in dishonest practices, by Krishana Prasain (kp 17/07/2020)

Special Court gives clean chit to Tilak Rawal, Paudyal and Himalaya Pande (ht 17/07/2020)

Supreme Court asks government why Nepalis working in India are not considered to be in ‘foreign employment’: Petitioners say excluding work in India from the foreign employment category is discriminatory towards Nepali workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 13/07/2020)

Supreme Court says government cannot restrict anyone from travel: Barring Lenin Bista from visiting Thailand was unconstitutional and against International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, full text of the verdict says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/07/2020)

Apex Court’s Vital Rulings During Lockdown, by Jivesh Jha (rn 07/07/2020)

Supreme Court issues show-cause notice over delay in election of deputy speaker: Constitutional experts say it is unfortunate that the court had to remind officials to make plans to elect a member of Parliament to the key position, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/06/2020)

The government has not followed most of the Supreme Court’s 23 rulings related to the pandemic: Interim orders related to proper management of quarantine facilities and the repatriation of migrant workers have all either been ignored or were belatedly followed, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/06/2020) [Nepal's leading politicians are neither interested in the fundamentals of democracy nor do they understand the aspect of the separation of powers. As soon as they are in power, they believe to possess absolute rights!]

SC seeks PM's reply over order violation charges (rep 25/06/2020)

Apex court stays COVID quarantine guideline: Makes PCR test mandatory before discharging those showing no symptom from quarantines (ht 24/06/2020)

Reports suspect police negligence, political protection for murderers in Rukum killings: They doubt a strong case will be presented to prosecute the perpetrators, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/07/2020)

Supreme Court orders government to use welfare fund to repatriate Nepali workers stranded abroad: Tens of thousands of Nepalis willing to return home are still stranded for a lack of money to buy air tickets and clarity on repatriation modality, Sangam Prasain & Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 17/06/2020)

Supreme Court orders government to allow taxpayers a month after lockdown ends: Authorities ordered not to implement tax notice and make justifiable review at places where people continue to face difficulties (kp 12/06/2020)

Married daughter entitled to inherit parental property: SC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/06/2020)

Supreme Court asks why state shouldn’t pay for repatriation of migrant workers: Petitioners say the government’s repatriation plan contradicts the provisions of the Foreign Employment Act, as well as the constitution, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 08/06/2020)

Supreme Court orders govt to provide goods to needy for preventing COVID-19 pandemic (rep 01/06/2020)

Supreme Court’s broader bench says lockdown days to be counted as ‘zero period’: It says all court dates could be furnished 30 days after the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/05/2020)

Biplav outfit leader Bandhu Chand released after 14 months (kh 06/05/2020) [The Bandhu Chand case is a prime example of the criminal contempt of judicial decisions by the Oli government!]

SC orders govt to fully implement sentence determination Act (rep 30/04/2020)

SC rejects govt’s request to review verdict on transitional justice (rep 27/04/2020), Supreme Court thwarts attempt to retain amnesty provisions in transitional justice law: The government now has no option but to amend the law to adhere to the court’s February 2015 landmark order, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/04/2020)

Nepal Police’s refusal to register Surendra Yadav abduction case raises questions about its neutrality: Many believe police are acting on order from on high to not register the case, especially since: it involves powerful political actors and a former chief of police, by Shuvam Dhungana Tika R Pradhan (kp 27/04/2020), Police refuse to book former IG, NCP MPs (ht 27/04/2020), NC, RPP and People's Socialist Party demand legal action against those involved in 'kidnapping' lawmaker Yadav (rep 28/04/2020), After police, district attorney also refuses to register complaint against alleged kidnapping of lawmaker Yadav: District attorney asked the complainants to leave an application, but didn’t file the complaint, Janata Samajbadi leaders said (kp 29/04/2020)

SC seeks govt explanation over its delay to release detainees involved in petty crimes (rep 17/04/2020)

Court issues interim order to rescue workers stranded abroad: At least 20,000 Nepalis stranded in various Indian states wish to return home (kp 17/04/2020), SC asks govt to bring back migrant Nepalis stranded in foreign lands, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 17/04/2020) [The SC decision is an order to the government, not a request. The Oli government must implement this court decision immediately!Apex court orders govt to repatriate Nepali nationals stranded abroad (rep 17/04/2020)

Hopes of Nepalis stuck abroad dashed (ht 26/03/2020) [This is tantamount to justifying a temporary exile!]

Nepal courts to remain shut for two weeks amid COVID-19 fear (Khabarhub 20/03/2020), Supreme Court to halt non-urgent proceedings (ht 21/03/2020), Courts to remain closed for two weeks, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 21/03/2020)

Court registrar to handle juvenile cases (ht 02/03/2020)

Supreme Court orders contempt of court case against four police officials, including the Nepal Police chief: The order comes following the arrest of three Chand party members from the Supreme Court premises immediately after their release on February 17, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 01/03/2020)

Regulate ride-sharing services: Patan High Court (ht 14/02/2020)

Courts hire lawyers to work pro bono, but litigants don’t know they’re there: The law says senior citizens, the poor and disabled, can hire court-sponsored lawyers for free, but they often hire attorneys they cannot afford, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 11/02/2020)

SC acquits defendant convicted of trafficking: The SC invoked Section 144 of the new penal code to rule in favour of Shobha Badi (kp 11/02/2020)

Supreme Court quashes contempt of court case against Kantipur: The case was filed two years ago over a series of stories published in Kantipur daily on then chief justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli (kp 07/02/2020)

NBA condemns govt for 'disobeying court order' (rep 01/02/2020))

Bagmati Provincial government allocates Rs 20 million to judicial committees: Keeping in view the poor performance, the provincial government has taken initiatives to reform the judicial committees, by Pratap Bista (kp 31/01/2020)

Local judicial committees lack the expertise to resolve disputes: As most of the office-bearers lack educational qualification and legal knowledge, this has become a major impediment for victims seeking justice (kp 30/01/2020)

SC seeks implementation report on its Fewa order, by Prashant Lamichhane (rep 30/01/2020)

Victims of domestic violence prefer police to judicial committee for justice: Most of the people’s representatives in the judicial committee do not have the legal knowledge to settle disputes, by Tripti Shahi (kp 29/01/2020)

Supreme Court refrains from squashing Sapkota’s election as Speaker: Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla refused to issue an interim order but instructed the Home Ministry and police to present a progress report on the case within 30 days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/01/2020) [Someone accused of such a capital crime is not qualified for public office as long as his innocence has not been proven in court!]

Govt disobeys SC order to recognize Sonaha community (rep 26/01/2020) [The govt continuouslybelieves to be above the law! How will the separation of powers ever be realised in Nepal?]

Chief Justice says govt must implement SC directives (rep 13/01/2020)) [This is true for a functioning democracy, but Nepal's politicians do not understand the fundamental principles of democracy and separation of powers!]

80% of verdicts in work abroad scams go unimplemented: Complex nexus of manpower agencies and feckless government bodies result in insurmountable suffering for victims, by Bhasha Sharma (rep 05/01/2020)

NBA Mahottari boycotts district judge (ht 02/01/2020)

Supreme Court refuses to register petition demanding a review of its verdict on Ncell tax: A full verdict of the court last month had fixed outstanding tax dues of the telecom company at Rs21.1 billion against tax authority’s claim of Rs39.06 billion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/12/2019), What Ncell tax dispute is all about: Confusions arose early on whether to tax the mega buyout deal. Campaigners later pressured government authorities and the court to recover the tax dues. Now an international tribunal has ruled in Ncell's favour as tax authorities didn't defend the case, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/12/2019)

C directive against inhumane animal transportation (ht 24/12/2019)

Govt told not to collect CGT from Ncell: A US-based international court issues interim order, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 20/12/2019), Confusion reigns over Ncell’s tax liability after international tribunal’s provisional order: International arbitration body’s ruling that Ncell does not need to pay any capital gains tax contradicts a ruling by Nepal’s Supreme Court, by Prithvi Man Shrtestha (kp 23/12/2019), Ncell gets 15-day ultimatum to pay CGT: ICSID’s interim order to be discussed with govt: LTO by Sujan Dhungana (ht 23/12/2019)

Sustaining traditional justice with new rules: The close-knit Santhal community is finally opening up to state mechanisms, after a long history of discrimination, by Binu Timsina (kp 17/12/2019)

JC fails to name SC justice (ht 12/12/2019), JC seeks alternative to Baidik (rep 12/12/2019)

Madhesi inclusion in judiciary still a far cry (ht 08/12/2019)

JC member’s bid to join SC as justice: Nepal Bar Association, jurists say Baidik’s  move will adversely affect the dignity of JC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 06/12/2019), Bar JC members from becoming judges: NBA (ht 07/12/2019)

Contempt of court charge lodged against bigwigs (rep 30/11/2019)

Should lawyers accept cases that are morally questionable? Ultimately, it is up to the court to decide whether someone is innocent or guilty—not the lawyer, by Sushrey Nepal (kp 22/11/2019)

Judicial Council recommends high court judges (ht 21/11/2019)

Morang court tells elected representatives not to provide any services to convicts at large: The district court called the representatives of all 17 local bodies in the district, police administration and the district land revenue office at the meeting and provided them with the list of the convicts at large, by Binu Timsina (kp 21/11/2019)

Even after four years of Supreme Court decision, Kathmandu remains plastered with visual pollutants: The Judgment Execution Directorate has once again asked government authorities to implement the 2015 Supreme Court decision and submit a progress report within seven days, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 16/11/2019)

Full texts of top court verdicts rarely on time, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 09/11/2019)

Reviving trust in judiciary: Onus of cultivating public trust in judiciary lies on professionals engaged in justice delivery process. Institutional capability of justice delivery is a core component in shaping that trust, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 22/10/2019)

Constitutional bench of Supreme Court repeals provincial laws for the first time: The legislation, related to salaries that local representatives were receiving, contradicted the constitution, according to the bench, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 19/10/2019), Verdict needs review: For spending long hours in the office and doing all the people’s work, should they be denied a salary? (ht 21/10/2019)

JC tells CJ to sack Pokhara HC judge (ht 19/10/2019)

Dealing with young offenders: Diversion is a new concept in the juvenile justice system that emphasises reform instead of punishment, by Krishna Sjova Suwal (kp 11/10/2019)

While the entire country takes a four-day holiday, Nepal’s courts go on a two-week break: The decision to take a 15-day holiday is especially concerning given that thousands of cases remain pending at the courts, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/10/2019)

Ineffective Constitutional Bench will hamper implementation of constitution and federalism, experts say: Legal experts say there is a need to create a separate constitutional court to deal with disputes, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/09/2019)

Judicial committees lack infrastructure, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 16/09/2019)

Supreme Court stays IoM’s MBBS entrance test (ht 07/09/2019)

Can House panel cross-examine SC verdicts? No, say legal experts as unwarranted interference in judicial process will erode judicial independence (ht 07/09/2019), Parliamentary panel to study court decisions on NCELL tax case (rep) [???]

Law Ministry holds the key to setting up Nepal’s first consumer court: The court will make traders pay compensation to consumers affected by market misconduct, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/09/2019)

SC jolt for govt on Sagarnath Forest: Stays decision to bring it under the federal government’s jurisdiction, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 31/08/2019)

Judicial committees in mediation: Keep rural ethos intact, by Mukti Rijal (ht 28/08/2019)

SC orders compensation for wrongfully convicted cop: Another cop confesses to stealing service revolvers for which his colleague was sentenced to four years, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 26/08/2019)

Another HC judge under JC scanner quits (ht 26/08/2019)

Kathmandu Metropolitan City to set up mediation centres in all 32 wards: The metropolitan city has 75 trained mediators who will help resolve complaints and cases at the local level, by Anup Ojha (kp 23/08/2019)

SC allows OAG to file review petition against its recent verdict (ht 23/08/2019)

Judge quits before probe endsJC was probing a serious charge against Pokhara HC judge (ht 20/08/2019)

Ruling party opposes military court verdict (ht 19/08/2019)

Former judges to scrutinise SC judgments: Say the structure of Judicial Council need to be changed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 16/08/2019), ‘JC’s actions can undermine independence of judiciary’: ‘If JC were to punish judges then no one would get bail’ (ht 18/08/2019), Make reforms in JC: The Judicial Council must reform from within so that the lower court judges can act independently without fear of its reprisal (ht 19/08/2019)

Judicial committees sans legal experts (ht 12/08/2019)

How many judges Nepal needs? The government is planning to double existing number of judges in Nepal’s courts by amending the constitution. Does it have to? How many judges does the country need at the moment?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 12/08/2019)

‘Laws governing   formation of constitutional bench need to be changed’ (ht 06/08/2019)

378 plaints registered in KMC’s judicial committee (ht 01/08/2019)

Mediation At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 01/08/2019)

Supreme Court  blow for Sumargi: Must pay at least Rs 25 cr to NTA by tomorrow or NST may lose licence, by Umesh Poudel (ht 31/07/2019)

Judicial Council orders probe against four judges, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 30/07/2019)

SC rejects ex-IGP Thakuri's review plea (rep 26/07/2019)

SC orders action against three HC judges (ht 26/07/2019)

Govt mulls doubling number of SC justices to tackle case backlog, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 19/07/2019)

Most local judicial committees in Province 5 are idle for lack of office space: Lack of physical infrastructure, employees, legal knowledge, awareness in the grass roots level are the major challenges behind the poor functioning of the body, by Madhab Aryal, Birendra KC, Manoj Poudel and Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 19/07/2019)

Reforms in judiciary: No strategic reform plan can make the judiciary effective unless it makes reforms from within and wins the public trust (ht 18/07/2019)

New strategic plan to bolster people’s trust in judiciary [ht 17/07/2019]

Judiciary plans to settle all 3-year-old petitions by next year (rep 17/07/2019)

Mediation Centres At The Local Level, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 27/06/2019)

Three HC judges face punitive action, by Ram Kumar Kamat (kp 20/06/2019)

Chitwan court finds Maoist activists guilty of tearing ballot papersat local poll: Next hearing to hand down punishment, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 14/06/2019), Court convicts 2 Maoists for tearing up ballots in Chitwan, by Sabita Shrestha (rep 15/06/2019)

Juvenile cases on the rise in Rupandehi, but the court fails to use its child-friendly room: The law states that every court should have a separate  room for the hearing of juvenile cases, by Amrita Anmol (kp 12/06/2019)

Top court postpones hearing on petition against 2015 ruling on transitional justice for 22nd time: Continued deferrals amid delay in amending Transitional Justice Act concern conflict victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/06/2019)

Devolving the judiciary: New and old structural challenges remain in federalism and access to justice, by George Varughese and Iain Payne (nt 24/05/2019)

Bar Association to reconsider process to send its representative to Judicial Council: Bar President Shrestha was recently involved in an altercation with Judicial Council representative Sitaula over judge and justice nominations, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 15/05/2019)

Federalism, rule of law and the judiciary: The Constitution alone cannot reshape a culture that accepts impunity, backroom deals and horse-trading as normal, by George Varughese and Iain Payne (nt 10/05/2019)

Makwanpur court fails to maintain case settlement rateSudden rise in divorce rate due to new civil and criminal codes has led to stockpiling of cases, by Pratap Bista (kp 09/05/2019)

Bhaktapur court transfers govt land to private party, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 09/05/2019)

Supreme Court quashes writ petition challenging Sharma’s appointment, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/05/2019)

Mediation can increase people’s access to justice, says CJ Rana (ht 30/04/2019)

TJ bodies receive 60 applications for chairs, members , by Roshan S Nepal (ht 26/04/2019)

Top secret: The current practice of secrecy in the judicial appointment process is hampering justice delivery, by Sakun Bhandari (kp 22/04/2019)

Supreme Court issues an interim order to stop Kathmandu District Court’s ban on PUBG, by Nayak Paudel (kp 20/04/2019)

Committee files motion to vacate Supreme Court ruling on Sudhir Basnet’s housing project, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 19/04/2019)

PHC clears SC justices for appointment, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 19/04/2019)

Emphasis On Mediation, by Mukti Rijal (rn 18/04/2019)

Role of JC, PHC questioned (ht 17/04/2019)

Verdict on Nagdhunga-Kalanki road expansion has knock-on effect on other projects: Locals who were ready to give up land for road expansion are now  seeking compensation in line with the Supreme Court’s order, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/04/2019)

Legal and constitutional experts find fault with Judicial Council’s structure, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/04/2019)

JC asked to rescind decision on SC justices (ht 09/04/2019)

Lack of know-how renders judicial committees ineffective at local levels (ht 09/04/2019)

Tools of impunity and political control: The politicisation of the judiciary has led to the erosion of the public’s trust in it, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 08/04/2019)

Scrap parliamentary hearing for CJ, urge judges (ht 06/04/2019), ‘Judiciary in the clutches of interest groups’ (rep 06/04/2019)

Imbalance of powers: The independence of Nepal’s courts is becoming more precarious (kp 04/04/2019)

5 SC justices, 18 HC judges proposed: Eleven advocates among the nominees, 3 for SC, 8 for HC (ht 03/04/2019), Judicial Council’s judge picks draw flak from a section of legal fraternity: Senior advocates question competence of appointees and accuse the council of promoting nepotism akin to Rana regime, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/04/2019), Nomination of Supreme Court justices draws flak for not being inclusive: The decision violates constitutional provision on proportional inclusion, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/04/2019)

SC issues directive on waiver of elders’ sentence, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/04/2019), Order likely to pressure govt to decide on Sobhraj (ht 02/04/2019), Apex court tells government to make sentence waiver provision for senior citizens, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/04/2019)

Judicial Council forms panel to probe dubious release of gold smuggling suspects: Eight Biratnagar High Court judges recalled for inquiry, by Nayak Paudel (kp 20/03/2019)

Local Adjudication Under Scanner, by Mukti Rijal (rn 28/02/2019)

New criminal code implemented first time (ht 26/02/2019)

SC orders govt to decide on Sobhraj term waiver (rep 25/02/2019)

Banks still struggling to implement court order to retrieve Sumargi’s money: It’s a month and a half since the Nepal Investment Bank was told to get the money withdrawn by  the controversial businessman back to his account, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/02/2019) [When will the judges who ordered the release of the money in December 2018 be called to account?]

Deepak Raj Joshee resigns as Supreme Court justice, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/02/2019)

Warming the bench: Immediate and long-term plans are needed to make the constitutional bench effective, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp 17/02/2019)

SC begins hearings on petitions against Agni Sapkota (rep 16/02/2019)

JC names justice to probe bribery charge against judge Baniya (rep 15/02/2019)

JC reshuffles High Court judges (rep 14/02/2019)

Computer operator serving as acting judge in Mugu (kp 13/02/2019) [???]

Youth denied citizenship despite SC order (ht 05/02/2019)

SC rules its writ runs on military court, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 31/01/2019), Landmark verdict: The June 19 verdict of the Supreme Court has given a strong message that no army personnel is above the law (kp 01/02/2019)

Top court gets new chief registrar (kp 24/01/2019)

Biratnagar High Court chief judge faces action: Bhurtel is the sixth judge facing action in the past week, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 22/01/2019)

Pashupati road being operated against Supreme Court directive, by Anup Ojha (kp 22/01/2019)

Former governor released on bail (kp 22/01/2019)

Rana vows to fix judiciary, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/01/2019)

High court judges face action in 33 kg gold case, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/01/2019), CJ summons 9 High Court judges over suspected deviations, by Bhasha Sharma (rep 18/01/2019), CJ Rana denies facing political pressure (ht 21/01/2019)

Informal Justice Institutions, by Mukti Rijal (rn 17/01/2019)

Court orders release of Chand’s cadres (kp 16/01/2019)

Government to reform judiciary: Law ministerLaws have been formulated to ensure people’s rights (kp 14/01/2019)

Top court quashes interim order to let Sumargi withdraw frozen money: With the money withdrawn, legal experts say it must be deposited back, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/01/2019), SC refuses order enabling Sumargi to withdraw money after most of it already withdrawn (rep 09/01/2019), Confusion persists over getting Sumargi’s money back to bank, by Bibek Subedi (kp 11/01/2019), SC tells banks to get Sumargi's withdrawn money redeposited: ‘Issue may require action under money laundering charge’ (rep 11/01/2019), Money laundering glare on Sumargi (ht 11/01/2019), Supreme Court sends letters on Sumargi case: Nepal Rastra Bank and Nepal Investment Bank Limited told to recover the money withdrawn by the controversial businessman, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/01/2019)

Govt begins amendment discussions with Madhes parties: Prime Minister Oli has promised to study the possibility of withdrawing cases against those RJPN cadres who are currently serving jail-term, according to RJPN leaders (rep 05/01/2019) [Such legal matters do not fall within the decision-making scope of the executive! The separation of powers is an essential characteristic of a democratic constitutional state!]

Civil servants adjustment: SC summons govt over ordinance provisions, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 05/01/2019)

Joshee will not be assigned benches: Chief Justice Rana (kp 03/01/2019), Justice Joshee removed from constitutional bench (ht 04/01/2019)

JC’s Functions In Confusion, by Mukti Rijal (rn 03/01/2019)

House panel endorses Rana as chief justice: Rana tells lawmakers he will give no room for criticism against him and the judiciary during his tenure, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/01/2019) [Then please do everything to make criticism unnecessary! There have been some doubtful decisions as well as malpractice in recent weeks!]

High court overturns district court verdict (ht 02/01/2019)

Writ against local judicial committees (kp 01/01/2019)

Rana's vow to remove middlemen fails to impress (rep 01/01/2019), CJ nominee Rana 'privatized' Chhapkaiya pond, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 01/01/2018)

Supreme Court acquits murder convict mayor: Kushwaha arrives home in chartered helicopter; Public holiday to celebrate release, by Shiva Puri (kp 30/12/2018) [????? Cases of the release of convicted criminals have been accumulating in recent weeks!]

SC annuls action against Social Science Baha (rep 28/12/2018)

Apex court won’t issue interim order on JMC case, by Nayak Paudel (kp 28/12/2018)

Nine plaints against chief justice nominee: Questions raised over his rulings from district, appeallate and apex courts, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/12/2018), Serious allegations against CJ nominee Rana at hearings committee (rep 28/12/2018)

SC issues short-term stay to let Sumargi withdraw USD 7m blocked by NRB (rep 28/12/2018), Experts raise alarm over court order, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/12/2018)

Away with hearing system: Our parliamentary hearing system has not become anything more than a ritual. We need to do away with it through constitution amendment, by Arzoo Karki and Sagar Baral (rep 24/12/2018)

SC acquits Deuba, Congress of contempt of court (rep 22/12/2018)

SC reverses own convictions for bank fraud (rep 21/12/2018)

Timely verdict; While the provision of life sentence till death will act as deterrence the judicial system also needs to impart justice prudently (ht 21/12/2018)

Apex court Justice Rana hearing starts: Parliamentary Hearing Committee to receive complaints against Rana for 10 days (kp 17/12/2018)

In search of judicial independence: The judicial council has not addressed the federal aspirations of the people, by Praveen Kumar Yadav and Mohan Kumar Karna (kp 17/12/2018)

SC lets Manange appeal against conviction: Decision means appellate court verdict against him not final; He can get ourt of jail if court allows him to post bail, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 15/12/2018) [???], Deepak Manange released after SC’s order (rep 22/12/2018) [???], Manange lays claim to state legislature seat, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 28/12/2018) [???]

Rana picked to head Supreme Court: Poised to serve full four years, first since 1995, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 14/12/2018)

Wheels of justice: An empowered and independent judiciary strengthens the foundation of democracy and keeps the wheels of justice turning (ht 14/12/2018)

New chief justice suspense lingers as PM Oli defers council meeting: Meeting postponed for the third time to December 20, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/12/2018) [???]

New law envisages separate court for children (ht 09/12/2018)

Oli postpones Constitutional Council meeting, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/12/2018)

Dr KC concerned over 'growing 'mafia influence in judiciary' (rep 06/12/2018)

Goodbye, Your Honour: The outgoing chief justice’s interest in particular cases seems unusual (kp 04/12/2018)

Constitutional Council likely to pick Rana as next chief justice: Rejected Joshee makes it to the list again as seniormost justice, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 28/11/2018) [????], JC recommendations draw mixed views (rep 29/11/2018), Constitutional Council fails to pick chief justice candidate: Saturday’s council meeting to recommend leaders of new constitutional commissions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 04/12/2018)

Pokhara people hail Supreme Court order on Lake Fewa: Supreme Court says implement recommendations of Lamichhane Commission report; Civil society leader Ram Bahadur Paudel says Supreme Court has sent a strong message that no one should encroach upon natural heritage, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 24/11/2018)

Constitutional bench gets full shape, resumes work (rep 15/11/2018)

Court hearing on Tikapur carnage delayed (ht 06/11/2018)

Judicial committees lack separate rooms in Jhapa (ht 06/11/2018)

‘Rules governing process of constitutional bench flawed’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 05/11/2018)

SC lets convicted NTB ex-chief file appeal while free on bail (rep 01/11/2018)

Sacking of Gorkhapatra GM stayed (ht 01/11/2018)

Without a clue: There is much confusion about the exact role and duties of the judicial committees, by Sandhya Sitoula and Niresh Chapagain (kp 31/10/2018), Judicial panels in Jajarkot fail to deliver (ht 02/11/2018)

Apex court’s constitutional bench ineffective, many cases pending, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/10/2018)

Courts crippled by staff shortages, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 24/10/2018)

The third branch: Establishing judicial committees at all 753 municipalities is great, but it has a long way to go, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp 22/10/2018)

Bench sits idle as disputes simmer, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 17/10/2018)

Judicial committees: The teething problems, by Krishna Man Pradhan (ht 12/10/2018)

CJ calls for media sensitivity over sub-judice matters (rep 10/10/2018) [Opening the way for suppression of press freedom?]

Legal eagles question relevance of constitutional bench, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 09/10/2018)

Govt can't acquire private land without giving compensation: SC, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 27/09/2018)

For fifth time, Supreme Court orders govt to release CPN spokesperson (ht 26/09/2018)

SC tells govt to control pollution (ht 26/09/2018)

Judiciary seeks 1,339 new staff: If Cabinet approves the proposal, the apex court plans to add 424 new positions including one registrar, 52 deputy registrars and 150 section officers in the first year (kp 25/09/2018)

Ruling party members in signature drive to ‘impeach’ Justice Joshee (kp 21/09/2018), NCP prepares impeachment motion against Justice Joshee: Signature campaign put on hold to see if he resigns (rep 21/09/2018), NC objects to ruling party’s plan to impeach Joshee: Impeachment is not an arm to use in ordinary situation, says lawmaker Adhikary (kp 24/09/2018)

Mediation gaining currency as tool to settle cases out of court, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/09/2018)

Judicial committees still struggles to deliver justice, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 18/09/2018)

Bishwakarma arrested again (rep 15/09/2018), Top Court not pleased by Biswokarma’s detention (kp 15/09/2018), SC warns govt of contempt of court: Orders release of spokesperson for CPN Khadge Prasad Bishwakarma (ht 15/09/2018)

Court Frees SSP Lohani in Gold Case (kp 15/09/2018), Court orders release of two more suspects in gold case (kp 17/09/2018)

33 kg Gold Smuggling Case: High Court upholds Morang court’s order to keep 3 accused in custody (14/09/2018)

Ministry forms media panel to review new code (kp 12/09/2018)

Mishra appointed chief justice (kp 11/09/2018), Justice Mishra vows results: Supreme Court ‘will monitor justices’ (kp 12/09/2018), Rejected as CJ, Joshee resumes office as justice (rep 12/09/2018), Joshee’s stay ‘unfavourable’, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 14/09/2018)

Krishna Prasad’s murder case: Chitwan Distrct Court acquits 12 accused, y Ramesh Kumar Poudel (kp 10/09/2018), Ganga Maya decides to move High Court (ht 11/09/20198)

Police re-arrest Bhujel from court (kp) [Deliberate disregard for the rule of law! The government obviously thinks to have inherited absolute rights from the former king!]

SC stresses criminal liability for serious medical negligence, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 06/09/2018)

Four complaints against CJ nominee Mishra (rep 06/09/2018)

SC orders Home Ministry to release Bishwokarma (kp 04/09/2018), Maoist leader Bishwokarma taken to Bhojpur (kp 05/09/2018), SC takes strong exception to Bishwakarma’s repeated arrests (rep 05/09/2018)

Supreme Court Interim order to stop animal cruelty (kp 27/08/2018)

Government told to take Bishwokarma to court: Oli administration’s indecent behaviour irks NHRC (kp 27/08/2018)

Municipality’s judiciary committee helping locals in social disputes, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 27/08/2018)

Fear of breaching law prevents judicial committees from deciding cases, by Devendra Basnet (rep 26/08/2018)

Council chooses Mishra to head Supreme Court, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/08/2018)

Parliamentary hearings: The appointment of judges is an integral aspect of the independence of the judiciary, by Prakritee Yonzon (kp 24/08/2018)

Few cases at courts after new civil codes take effect, by Nagendra Upadhyaya and DB Budha (rep 21/08/2018)

Joshee likely to extend leave (kp 19/08/2018), Joshee not to resign; seeks six-day casual leave, to await CC decision, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/08/2018)

Judicial committees have failed to function properly, says report (ht 18/08/2018)

Court hearing begins in Tikapur carnage case (kp 16/08/2018)

Nepal’s first consumer court expected soon (kp 16/08/2018)

Province 2 state minister surrenders to court: Freed on general date after hearing, by Ajit Tiwari and Santosh Singh (kp 14/08/2018), Murder-accused Province 2 state minister released without bail, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 14/08/2018) [???], Court releases two suspects (kp 15/08/2018), Murder-convict mayor freed without bail, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 15/08/2018)

Protecting the Sanctity of Judiciary, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 11/08/2018)

Judicial Committees for Mediation, by Mukti Rijal (rn 09/08/2018)

Rejection of Joshi as CJ, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 09/08/2018)

Stop politicization of judiciary (rep 05/08/2018), Mishra to take charge as Joshee files for SC leave, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/08/2018), Acting CJ defends his degree (kp 05/08/2018), Joshee demands independent probe into his credentials: To go on leave from Sunday (rep 05/08/2018), House panel’s move against separation of powers, says Nepali Congress (kp 05/08/2018), Judge’s hearing: If Joshee is on the wrong side, he should face legal action, but from PHC members, independent decisions are expected (ht 06/08/2018)

Ruling MPs threaten to impeach Joshee: Move comes in the backdrop of the committee remaining indecisive for more than a week after hearing CJ nominee Joshee whether he is fit for the top judiciary position (kp 03/08/2018) [If the accusations are true, then he would not only be unsuitable for the post of CJ, but for a judgeship at all! This would call into question the entire judiciary!], Linger no longer: House panel should not delay further on the appointment of chief justice (kp 03/08/2018), In a first, hearing committee rejects chief justice nominee, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/08/2018), Parliament rejects Joshee as chief justice: First ever CC nominee to be rejected in parliamentary hearingsFirst ever CC nominee to be rejected in parliamentary hearings, by Ashok Dahal (rep 04/08/2018), What will happen at the judiciary now?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 04/08/2018), Interference in independent judiciary: NBA (kp 04/08/2018), Congress meet to discuss course after Joshee’s rejection (rep 04/08/2018), Failed Candidate For Chief Justice, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (04/08/2018)

Encroachment upon Hanumandhoka palace premises: Supreme Court summons building owner (kp 31/07/2018)

Adhikari becomes DLA-Nepal chair: The national convention of lawyers association also elected a new working committee for three years (kp 31/07/2018) [Lawyers should organise themselves along party-political lines!]

Acting Chief Justice faces 5 complaints: House panel to grill him on Thursday (kp 24/07/2018), Acting CJ Joshee skips majority of questions in House hearing: Decision on recommendation due today, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/07/2018), PHSC may endorse Joshee for CJ today (rep 27/07/2018), PHSC puts off decision on CJ nominee Joshee: SLC certificate under question (rep 28/07/2018), Ruling MPs seek ‘word’ from Joshee before his pick (kp 29/07/2018), Hearing panel’s verdict due today: Chief justice nominee Joshee’s fate hangs in the balance, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/07/2018), Divided panel fails to endorse CJ pick; Process yet to begin for hearing of Uday Raj Pandey and Neel Kantha Uprety (kp 31/07/2018) [The politicisation of the judiciary continues unabated!], Joshee: Will not step down (kp 31/07/2018), Is delay in confirming CJ nominee a threat to judicial independence?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 31/07/2018), Hearing panel may put Joshee’s fate to vote (kp 01/08/2018), More evidence against Joshee makes endorsement harder: Ruling party lawmakers gather additional evidence against his eligibility (rep 01/08/2018), Joshee meets PM after PHC indecision: SC secretariat, CIAA joint team to visit school to resolve certificate controversy, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 01/08/2018), Stalemate over CJ continues (kp 02/08/2018), Hearings committee again puts off decision on Joshee (rep 02/08/2018)

79 high court judges transferred (rep 23/07/2018)

The conundrum: Judicial committees were meant to be courts, and their members were meant to be judges, by Namit Wagley (kp 17/07/2018)

SC issues interim order against Monetary Policy (kp 14/07/2018), SC quashes govt decision to dismiss four top officials (kp 14/07/2018), Top court stay order against ban on rallies to continue (kp 14/07/2018), SC tells govt to submit decision file on protest ban in capital (rep 14/07/2018)

SC stays decisions to dismiss 2 chiefs (kp 13/07/2018), SC stays govt decision to sack two Deuba appointees (rep 13/07/2018)

NCP draws flak for undermining judiciary (ht 12/07/2018)

Advocates accuse judges of taking bribes: Bar protest obstructs High Court hearings for fifth day, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 02/07/2018)

Govt told to compensate owners for acquired land (ht 29/06/2018)

People can question judiciary’s decisions, says Law minister (kp 27/06/2018)

Judiciary hit by staff shortage: Acting CJ (kp 25/06/2018), Acting CJ complains of insufficient budget, staffers (rep 27/06/2018)

Kavre announces plans to expedite justice delivery, by Madhusudan Guragain (rep 24/06/2018)

Judges complain lack of human resource including judges at courts (rep 23/06/2018)

Special court to look into conflict-era cases (ht 22/06/2018)

SC tells poll body to clarify over NCP (kp 18/06/2018)

‘Reconciliation’ first priority for judicial committees, by Arjun Oli (rep 17/06/2018)

Bill aims to reduce SC case load (rep 15/06/2018)

Chief Justice likely to be recommended today (kp 12/06/2018), Acting CJ Joshee named chief justice: Council to recommend CIAA chief in its next meeting, by Tika R. Prahan (kp 13/06/2018), Joshee recommended as new Chief Justice (kp 13/06/2018), Constitutional Council recommends Joshee as Chief Justice (ht 13/06/2018)

‘Govt to review judiciary posts’: Law minister says chief justice will be named before hearing committee is formed (kp 11/06/2018)

Justice delivery by local units ineffective due to lack of legal knowledge, by Nagendra Upadhyay and Ginda KC (rep 11/06/2018)

SC orders govt to bar heavy vehicles from BP Highway (kp 05/06/2018)

Dispute related to jurisdiction over local resources causes confusion (ht 30/05/2018)

Court upholds decision to cut medical fees: Private medical colleges had moved the court demanding scrapping of Rs2.2m fee ceiling (kp 29/05/2018)

Inexperienced judicial committee heads find justice delivery challenging, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 27/05/2018)

Khadka attempts to mislead court (rep 23/05/2018)

‘File appeal in Supreme Court against Chakre Milan acquittal’ (kp 22/05/2018)

Rautahat court jails serial killer for 52 years, by Shiva Puri (kp 20/05/2018)

SC show cause over customs duty on sugar (kp 15/05/2018), SC stays govt’s decision to raise import duty on sugar (ht 15/05/2018)

Staff crunch in courts affecting justice delivery (ht 14/05/2018)

Clear encroachment around Phewa Lake: SC (ht 30/04/2018), Dismantle illegal structures on Fewa shores: SC (rep 30/04/2018), Pokhara folk welcome court’s decision, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 01/05/2018), SC orders govt to probe if Shakya's resort has encroached upon Fewa (rep 04/05/2018)

Acting CJ’s meeting with Dahal ‘cause for concern’ (ht 24/04/2018)

SC seeks DoE’s copy of climate change laws (kp 24/04/2018)

Court rejects writ against Parajuli (kp 20/04/2018)

Public holiday is not a right: SC (rep 20/04/2018)

SC directs govt to set criteria to select envoy (kp 19/04/2018)

Local unit judicial decisions backfire for lack of legal savvy, by Devendra Basnet (rep 18/04/2018), Mediation at Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 19/04/2018)

SC may settle more cases in this fiscal year (rep 16/04/2018)

Parshuram Basnet acquitted in money laundering case (ht 09/04/2018)

Supreme Court hit by budget and manpower crunch (kp 07/04/2018)

Bring laws if you want property details of judges: Acting CJ to govt (rep 07/04/2018)

Delay in appointing CJ hits SC functioning (ht 06/04/2018)

Judicial independence: Upholding the judiciary’s image and independence is in the best interest of the nation (ht 06/04/2018)

Top court bench resumes work (kp 05/04/2018)

Tax-related verdicts may be scrutinized: Law Minister Tamang; ‘This will not undermine judicial independence’, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 04/04/2018), ‘Govt cannot scrutinise court orders’ (ht 05/04/2018), Government cancels judges’ foreign trip, raising fears for judiciary independence (rep 05/04/2018)

SC seeks papers related to Parajuli’s appointment as Chief Justice (kp 02/04/2018)

Joshi, Mishra and Rana on chief justice shortlist, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/03/2018)

SC to register case against president’s swearing-in (ht 28/03/2018), Writ at SC challenges legality of oath taken by President Bhandari (kp 29/03/2018)

Hi-tech to propel court work (kp 27/03/2018)

Don’t let bygones be bygones: Role of the Courts in bringing conflict crimes to a logical end could restore public faith in the judiciary, by Anurag Devkota (kp 26/03/2018)

NBA faces ire as meet begins (kp 24/03/2018), President urges NBA to uphold its dignity: Bhandari hails NBA for its role in democratic processnExpects it to protect supremacy of the constitution, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 24/03/2018), Lawyers’ forum slams ‘weak’ Bar, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 25/03/2018), National NBA conference ends (ht 26/03/2018)

SC defers JC case verdict (kp 23/03/2018)

Judiciary Under Scanner, by Narayan Upadhyay (kp 21/03/2018)

SC tells govt to use then royals' assets for public good (rep 21/03/2018)

Rot runs deep: Good thing is that Parajuli is gone. Bad thing is that actors who elevated Parajuli to that most important post are active and unapologetic, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 21/03/2018) [!!!]

Law to get justices to show assets on cards: Law Ministry calls for drafts of necessary bills within 15 days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/03/2018), Judges should disclose their property details, says law minister (ht 20/03/2018)

Court defers ex-chief justice hearing (kp 19/03/2018)

HC remands 13 bankers to judicial custody (rep 19/03/2018)

Judges must disclose their assets: Lawyers (ht 18/03/2018)

Integrity of the Judiciary, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 17/03/2018)

Parajuli steps down, Joshee is acting CJ, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 16/03/2018), Joshee takes over as Parajuli quits, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 16/03/2018), Lawyers hail Parajuli’s exit (kp 16/03/2018)

Justice Rana boycotts SC full bench: Says CJ Parajuli has crossed retirement age; Hearing on Kantipur case deferred (kp 13/03/2018), Justice Rana boycotts CJ-led bench: Claims Chief Justice Parajuli has multiple dates of birth and should have retired on August 5 last year (ht 13/03/2018), Nine SC justices boycott bench over CJ controversy (kp 14/03/2018), Controversy surrounding judiciary a sad affair: PM Oli (kp 14/03/2018), CJ Parajuli prepares cause list for Wednesday's court proceedings (kp 14/03/2018), CJ Parajuli should not be impeached: NC leader Poudel (kp 14/03/2018), Judicial Council relieves Chief Justice Parajuli (kp 14/03/2018), Dr KC files complaint against CJ Parajuli, by Manish Gautam (kp 14/03/2018), Judicial Council relieves CJ Parajuli of his duties: Apex court’s senior-most Justice Deepak Raj Joshi set to take charge, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 15/03/2018), Parajuli loses chief justice job: Judicial Council tells him he had reached retirement age on Aug 5, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 15/03/2018), Parajuli relieved as CJ , by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 15/03/2018), JC secretary exceeded his brief, says NBA (ht 17/03/2018)

Whose contempt? Initiation of the contempt proceeding seems to have further discredited the Chief Justice and tarnished his public image, by Sudeshna Thapa (rep 12/03/2018)

Parajuli misuses his office to fix rivals: Former Justice Balaram KC says CJ violates principles of natural justice (kp 11/03/2018), Dr KC to file PIL and criminal complaint against Parajuli: Call to strip Chief Justice of all official positions and benefits, by Manish Gautam (kp 11/03/2018), SC full bench to hear Kantipur case today (kp 11/03/2018), Hearing on Kantipur case begins (kp 12/03/2018), FNJ threatens protests (kp 12/03/2018), ‘I will not accept any verdict given by CJ Parajuli’ (kp 12/03/2018), Supreme Court begins hearing of contempt of court cases (ht 12/03/2018)

Chief Justice Parajuli refuses to disclose academic certificates: Dr KC and his team are pur-suing original documents following questions over authenticity of CJ Parajuli’s school leaving certificate (kp 10/03/2018)

Contempt case against chief justice: Petitioner argues CJ Parajuli committed contempt of court by issuing death threats (kp 09/03/2018)

Balance of power: Judiciary, instead of fighting against media, is advised to focus on checks and balances (kp 05/03/2018), If govt institutions are broken and press silenced, we are going down a dark path, interview with Krishna Pahadi (kp 05/03/2018)

Dr KC announces hunger strike against chief justice: Urges members of parliament to impeach CJ Parajuli, by Manish Gautam (kp 04/03/2018), Dr KC renews demand for Parajuli’s personal and academic details, by Manish Gautam (kp 05/04/2018), Dr KC: No reply to my query on CJ citizenship (kp 07/03/2018)

Call for panel to suggest court reforms (kp 27/02/2018)

CJ Parajuli orders media probe: Legal experts ‘slam attack on free press’ n NHRC says it’s against right of fair trial ensured by global HR law (kp 26/02/2018), Attempts to censor media draw flak (kp 27/02/2018), NMS urges SC to rectify its decision (kp 27/02/2018), NMS opposes SC order against Kantipur daily (ht 27/02/2018), Apex court’s decision draws serious concern of FNJ (ht 27/02/2018), US stresses unbiased judiciary (kp 27/02/2018), Supreme offence: CJ Parajuli should stop hearing cases, as he is not cleared from a serious probe (kp 27/02/2018), CJ Parajuli's order: Attempt to ‘muzzle media’ draws flak (kp 28/02/2018), Concerns over censorship order: Chief Justice Parajuli’s attempt to muzzle press draws widespread criticism from different sides (kp 28/02/2018), Journalist bodies condemn CJ order: Federation of Nepali Journalists says contempt of court case against Kantipur daily ‘unconstitutional’;Gag order clearly constitutes a misuse of the judicial apparatus for personal ends: Paris-based RSF (kp 01/03/2018) [see RSF statement], Contempt case has no merit: Experts (kp 02/03/2018), SC to record Kantipur statements tomorrow (kp 03/03/2018), Apex court begins recording Kantipur statements (kp 05/03/2018), Hearing deferred in Kantipur case (kp 06/03/2018), Contempt case against Kantipur sent to full bench: Hearing from Kantipur Publications members over (kp 07/03/2018), Barring of media gets ire (kp 07/03/2018)

Court defers verdict on Adhikari murder again, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 26/02/2018), Court summons petitioner in Adhikari murder case (ht 26/02/2018)

Apex court stays oath ceremony of 3 NA members (kp 26/02/2018), PM slams court ‘meddling’ in NA (kp 04/03/2018), Apex Court vacates stay against swearing-in of 3 NA members (ht 08/03/2018)

Lack of clear laws affects work of judicial committees, by Mukti Prasad Neupane (rep 25/02/2018)

Mediation centres to be set up in Valley courts (ht 22/02/2018)

Dr KC refuses hearing; vows to fight ‘corrupt chief justice’, by Manish Gautam (kp 21/02/2018) [The freedom of opinion has to be respected, especially by the judiciary!], Advocate files Contempt case Over Kantipur news Report (kp 21/02/2018), Dr KC blames ‘human errors’ for birth date row (kp 22/02/2018), NEB refuses to give info on CJ to Dr Govinda KC (ht 24/02/2018)

There is no excuse: The government has been making a mockery of justice by disregarding court orders, by Balram Prasad Raut (kp 15/02/2018)

SC upholds policy against fragmentation of farmland (rep 15/02/2018)

Crusader tells CJ Parajuli to resign, by Manish Gautam (kp 11/02/2018)

CJ Parajuli shouldn't recommend new judges: Lawyers (rep 15/02/2018)

SC orders banks to free Sumargi’s frozen funds, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 07/02/2018)

Judicial committees: In a reflection of true decentralisation, local units have been allowed to act as judges, by Krishnaman Pradhan (kp 07/02/2018)

Review of convicts petition: Bar groups urge CJ to apply order (kp 05/02/2018)

Apex court asks govt to submit border details (kp 02/02/2018), Decision on East Rukum HQ stayed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/02/2018)

SC interim order against govt decision on Rukum (kp 02/02/2018)

Advocate claims CJ issues death threats, by Manish Gautam (kp 01/02/2018)

Consumer courts planned in all seven provinces (ht 24/01/2018)

CJ urges press to refrain from commenting on sub-judice cases (rep 22/01/2018) [???]

Increasing demonstration challenge court's credibility in Dhanusha, by Suresh Yadav (rep 17/01/2018)

SC justices to get ‘motivation allowance’, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 17/01/2018) [???]

Time has come to form expert panel to recommend reforms in judiciary, interview with Balaram KC (kp 15/01/2018), Struggle for reforms: The voice for reforms in judiciary that Dr Govinda KC is raising would  not be construed as contempt of court in any liberal democracy, by Baburam Bhattarai (rep 15/01/2018), Dr Govinda KC vs CJ Gopal Parajuli, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 16/01/2018)

Judges' appointment: Jurists seek change in JC structure to ensure impartiality, fairness, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 14/01/2018)

SC orders probe into CJ Parajuli’s papers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 11/01/2018), Lawyers divided over whether CJ should quit (ht 12/01/2018), Govinda KC’s charges: Govinda KC’s disposition at the Supreme Court on 8 January (nt 12/01/2018), NBA: Dr KC’s row with CJ Parajuli has set bad precedent (kp 13/01/2018), Principle and Functioning of Judiciary, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 13/01/2018), I don't need to display my credentials out in the road: CJ (rep 13/01/2018), Dr KC ends 14th hunger strike: 'Another fast if Chief Justice Parajuli does not resign’; On the controversy sur-rounding the chief justice, both sides learnt to have agreed not to take up the case sub judice in court, by Anuj Kumar Adhikari (kp 14/01/2018)

Judge has no time for hearing Adhikari murder case, date fixed 15 times (ht 11/01/2018)

Writ against govt implementation of CISP, CDP, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/01/2018)

Supreme Court reinstates Dr Sharma as IoM dean (ht 08/01/2018), SC ruling on IoM dean splits legal experts (kp 08/01/2018), Fasting doc held in contempt case: Detained at Singha Durbar Police Circle; Due to be presented to the Supreme Court today for statement, by Manish Gautam (kp 09/01/2018), Dr KC arrested after SC summons on contempt charge (rep 09/01/2018), Dr Govinda KC arrested for contempt of court, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 09/01/2018), Dr KC: Criticism of controversial  judgments not contempt of court: Public outrage against the Supreme Court’s decision to arrest Dr KC has been overwhelming with around 100 advocates signing to plead in his defence in court, by Manish Gautam (kp 10/01/2018) [see reply by Dr KC to SC as published in the Kathmandu Post (10/01/2018)], Dr KC makes 11 allegations against CJ Parajuli (rep 10/01/2018), Contemptible actions: Supreme Court acted harshly in ordering arrest of Dr KC who was only exercising right to protest (kp 10/01/2018), Leaders express their solidarity (kp 10/01/2018), Leaders support Dr KC while major parties keep mum (rep 10/01/2018), Thousands stage protest against Dr KC’s arrest (ht 10/01/2018), Hundreds gather at Maitighar in a show of solidarity with Dr KC (kp 10/012/2018), Social networking sites flooded with messages of support (ht 10/01/2018)

Women lawyers unhappy over appointment of chief judges (rep 08/01/2018)

SC turns down petition seeking to allow surrogacy (ht 06/01/2018)

4 chief judges named amid ‘note of dissent' (kp 05/01/2018)

SC dismisses petition against standards for lead-based paint (kp 04/01/2017)

With no legal savvy, local unit judicial panels ineffective, by Devendra Basnet (rep 04/01/2018)

SC directs not to remove 'squatters' from public land, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 02/01/2017)

SC rejects Chaudhary’s plea to get MP certificate via power of attorney (kp 25/12/2017), SC tells MP Resham Chaudhary to face trial, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/12/2017)

CJ Parajuli urges govt to strengthen judiciary (kp 25/12/2017)

Political changes not to affect judicial functions: CJ (rep 19/12/2017)

SC refuses Chaudhary’s writ petition (kp 16/12/2017)

Cop-turned-politician Silwal in the dock? Apex court orders action against those involved in forging appraisal documents related to former DIG; After resigning from police force, Silwal joined the  CPN-UML and went on to win a seat in the House of Representatives (kp 15/12/2017) [The connections between politics and crime can never be close enough! This cannot be called rule of law!]

In a first, district judges to come from open test (kp 15/12/2017)

Courts may withhold jail terms of less than a year (ht 09/12/2017)

Special Court acquits 6 in Nalsing Gadh case: the CiAA in April had filed a charge sheet accusing them of appointing sMeC to prepare the dPR even though the company had quoted a higher price than its competitors (kp 07/12/2017)

SC hearings on HC judge appointments begin (rep 01/12/2017)

SC to start bulk hearing from mid-January, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/11/2017)

Bomb hoax terrifies people at Supreme Court (kp 22/11/2017)

Poll deployment hits Supreme Court’s works: As many as 40 under-secretaries responsible for drafting SC verdicts deployed as election officers, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 19/11/2017)

Apex court works extra hours to clear 20,888 pending cases (kp 18/11/2017)

Separate climate change law: Apex court issues show cause notice to govt (kp 02/11/2017)

SC orders govt to reinstate axed Sajha Prakashan chief (kp 02/11/2017)

Scrapping of national medical college affiliation: Don’t implement Sept 6 decision, SC tells TU, by Manish Gautam (kp 02/11/2017) [???]

SC orders separate ballots for two polls: Asks EC to present report on progress made since its earlier ruling; An election commissioner says polls not possible on November 26 if separate ballots were to be printed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/10/2017)

SC orders roads dept to leave Limbu sacred stones untouched (rep 26/10/2017)

SC stays Nepal Army's generator deal: A quasi-judicial probe panel found that Nepal Army had unlawfully awarded Kathmandu-based Muktinath Trade Concern a tender to supply Eicher generators worth Rs 97.8 million, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 19/10/2017)

Row over justices appointment ends: SC drops writ petition seeking order against selection of 11 justices (kp 16/10/2017)

Fate of 80 high court judges uncertain (rep 12/10/2017)

IG appointment case finally put to rest: Supreme Court quashes DIG Nawaraj Silwal’s writ; Says govt move of promoting Aryal as IGP lawful, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 13/09/2017)

Names of judges, judiciary officials sought from CJ (ht 11/09/2017), JC to discuss appointment of judges (ht 13/09/2017), JC recommends 3 names as SC justices (kp 14/09/2017)

Constitutional bench formed (kp 02/09/2017)

‘Promotion of corruption in court disturbing’ (kp 30/08/2017)

Relief distribution: SC orders govt not to adopt one-door policy (kp 19/08/2017)

Supreme Court orders government to regulate sale, distribution of acids, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 10/08/2017)

The impeachment motion came to forestall verdict on Fewa Lake, interview with Sushila Karki (rep) [!!]

Chief justice unhappy at being dragged into controversy (ht 09/08/2017)

Confusing LG Judicial Committee, by Mukti Rijal (rn 03/08/2017)

Supreme Court adopts e-technology; off-duty justices can be assigned cases (ht 30/07/2017)

Apex court verdict deferred for 10th time (rep 28/07/2017) [This smells of political undermining of jurisdiction!]

Maintain status quo, orders apex court: SC full bench to hear habeas corpus writ that seeks Sharma’s release (kp 20/07/2017)

Pokhara High Court settled 77 per cent cases filed until a year ago this fiscal (ht 15/07/2017)

Impeachment in Constitutional bench (kp 14/07/2017)

Petition against med college admission denial: Apex court postpones hearing by five days (kp 05/07/2017)

CC picks Gopal Parajuli as new chief justice (kp 30/06/2017), CJ hearing process begins (kp 03/07/2017), Few complaints at hearings committee as public trust wanes, by Ashok Dahal (rep 15/07/2017), PHSC endorses Parajuli as chief justice: To take oath of office from President today, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/07/2017), CJ Parajuli assumes office (kp 18/07/2017)

EC submits torn ballots to court: Hearing set for July 7 (kp 28/06/2017)

Sanctity of judiciary: Criticism should aim at strengthening the judiciary through reform, not at weakening it, by Barun Ghimire (kp 22/06/2017)

New CJ appointment only after second phase poll (rep 20/06/2017)

SC orders quick compensation for victims of acid attack (ht 17/06/2017)

JC recommends six names for chief justice (ht 14/06/2017)

Apex court postpones hearing on Bharatpur ballot count row: Bench of Justices Bishwombher Prasad Shrestha and Prakash Man Singh Raut ‘find no time for the case’ (kp 12/06/2017) [??]

Petition against acting CJ scrapped (kp 09/06/2017)

Rivalry in high places: Discussing the politicisation of the judiciary and judicialisation of politics in Nepal, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 09/06/2017)

Karki impeachment motion withdrawn (kp 07/06/2017)

Council meeting in limbo: Chief Justice Karki retires tomorrow but her successor is yet to be named (kp 06/06/2017)

Writ petition against EC’s decision on Bharatpur vote row: Petitioners demand annulment of the Election Commission’s decision and a court order for the EC to resume counting of the votes in the disputed ward (kp 05/06/2017)

Politics of syndicates: The chief justice has made damning accusations against Dahal and Deuba (kp 05/06/2017)

Consumer court planned in each district (ht 05/06/2017)

Conflict-era land transactions challanged at court, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 03/06/2017), CPN (Maoist Center) validating war-era land transactions in Rukum, by Devendra Basnet and Ganesh BK (rep 07/06/2017)

Hearing on IG appointment case put off until June 15 (kp 02/06/2017)

Petition seeks probe into Justice Parajuli’s birth date (ht 01/06/2017)

SC stays govt decision to add local units in Tarai districts (kp 27/05/2017), SC stays addition of local levels in Tarai: Observes such changes should be made one year before civic polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/05/2017) [Under this consideration the whole local elections would be invalid!!], Biratnagar, Birgunj declared metropolises again (kp 01/06/2017) [Simple disregard of SC decisions once again!]

What lies ahead: The way the impeachment row unfolded can only adversely impact the judiciary in the years to come, by Barun Ghimire (kp 26/05/2017)

CJ impeachment: Govt warns UN against interfering in its exclusive jurisdiction, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 24/05/2017), Parties not to move impeachment motion (kp 29/05/2017), Impeachment motion against CJ withdrawn (kp 30/05/2017), Chilling consequences: Impeachment motion against CJ and its aftermath may have damaging effects on the Nepali state (kp 01/06/2017)

SC refuses to issue interim order (ht 23/05/2017)

SC orders citizenship through mother for Gurung sisters, by Anjali Subedi (rep 23/05/2017)

IG appointment case: Hearing postponed again (kp 19/05/2017)

PM, law minister, AG skip SC function (kp 10/05/2017) [Still strange but significant!!]

CJ Karki not to adjudicate cases (ht 09/05/2017)

Irreparable damage: The impeachment motion seems politically motivated and aimed at barring the CJ from carrying out her duty, by Govinda Sharma Bandi (kp 09/05/2017), Baseless impeachment motion: Let this not be the day we remain silent about things that matter, by Prakriti Yonzon (kp 09/05/2017), Impeachment Motion and Reinstatement Of Chief Justice, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 10/05/2017), Armageddon Between Executive And Judiciary, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 11/05/2017)

Supreme Court stays impeachment motion, reinstates CJ Karki, by Keshav P. Koirala (ht 05/05/2017) [!!!], CJ Karki resumes her duties following stay order (rep 05/05/2017), Travesty Of Judicial Independence, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 05/05/2017), Lady Justice (nt 05/05/2017), Unimpeachable evidence: The coalition doesn’t want to impeach Sushila Karki, just suspend her so she can’t hear high-profile corruption cases, by Binita Dahal (nt 05/05/2017), Exit, the crusader: Sushila Karki is forced out of the Supreme Court, not in disgrace but in a blaze of glory, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 05/05/2017), No attack on judiciary, govt tells UN body: The Foreign Ministry confirms that it has replied to UN Special Rapporteur through Nepal’s Permanent Mission to Geneva (kp 22/05/2017) [??!!]

NBA seeks silence on chief justice impeachment issue (kp 05/05/2017)

Impeachment or revenge? Elected legislative representatives must use their power properly and for the good of the people, by Shyam KC (kp 05/05/2017)

Contempt of court case against Kantipur daily (kp 04/05/2017), Hearing begins on contempt case against Kantipur (kp 05/05/2017)

Writ filed at Supreme Court against CJ impeachment motion (ht 04/05/2017)

IG appointment hearing postponed sine die (kp 03/05/2017)

Impeachment motion against CJ Karki: 249 MPs from Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) sign document; Legal eagles say move slap on separation of powers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/05/2017) [An attack on democracy and the end of separation of power??], DPM Nidhi resigns (kp 01/05/2017), Uproar against decision (kp 01/05/2017), Nepal: Parliament should reject motion to impeach Chief Justice (ICJ 02/05/2017), ICJ decries impeachment motion, suspects motive (rep 03/05/2017)

IG appointment row: DIG Silwal detained at police HQ, freed (kp 25/04/2017), Supreme Court orders Nepal Police not to probe DIG Silwal (kp 26/04/2017), Silwal forged performance report, forensic report says (kp 29/04/2017), DIG Silwal submitted doctored document to SC: Forensic report, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 29/04/2017), DIG Silwal leaves hospital (kp 01/05/2017)

Lauda case sent to SC full bench (rep 20/04/2017)

3 ex-NA officials convicted of killing Maina Sunuwar: Kavre court passes landmark verdict on a case that had been dragging on for 13 years; Sentences former soldiers in absentia to 20 years in jail for the murder of teenage girl, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 18/04/2017) [The verdict remains symbolic as long as they are not arrested and serve their sentences!!]

Judging the judges: Political affiliation is still a major criterion for judge appointments and it badly affects justice delivery, by Sudeshna Thapa (rep 17/04/2017)

Contempt of court case filed against BK Dhungel (ht 13/04/2017), Arrest Order Against Dhungel: A Blow To Prachanda, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 16/04/2017), Mohan Baidya flays Supreme Court order to jail Bal Krishna Dhungel (ht 16/04/2017)

Verdict implementation: Provisions in penal code bill to curb delays, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 13/04/2017)

DIG Silwal moves court, again (kp 12/04/2017), SC asks govt to furnish clarification (kp 13/04/2017)

‘Judiciary should be overseen by legislature’ (kp 09/04/2017) [NC General Secretary demands removal of separation of powers!!!]

SC stays probe into multi-billion rupee drug scam (rep 05/04/2017) [???]

NC Objection To SC Verdict: Mocks Independence Of Judiciary, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 02/04/2017), Contempt case registered against NC president (kp 03/04/2017), SC issues show-cause notice to NC, Deuba (kp 07/04/2017)

Conflict victims allowed to move SC against TRC Chairman Gurung: Apex court quashes registrar's refusal order (ht 25/03/2017)

SC orders formation of constitutional bench (ht 24/03/2017), SC orders CJ to designate judges for Constitutional Bench (rep 24/03/2017)

Hearing in IG case over, final verdict likely today (kp 21/03/2017), SC quashes govt decision to promote Chand as IG: Raps it on the knuckles for failing to pay heed to merit, seniority during appointment; Paves way for DIG Nawaraj Silwal, the top contender, to become the Nepal Police chief, by Manish Gautam (kp 22/03/2017)

Consumer courts to be set up in each district (kp 15/03/2017)

Nepal courts vulnerable to threats, bribery, says US report (ht 05/03/2017)

SC stay on police chief appointment continues (kp 02/03/2017), SC gives continuity to its stay order in IGP case, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 02/03/2017)

No more interference: An improved system to ensure fair and inclusive appointment of judges is required, by Dipendra Jha (kp 28/02/2017)

High Court judge to lead transitional justice court: Two members will be appointed from among the legal professionals quali-fied to become the High Court judge, by Dewan Rai (kp 15/02/2017)

300 law practitioners from 8 districts resign (kp 10/02/2017)

Judicial Council bids for one-tier Special Court: Conflict victims can appeal in the Supreme Court, by Dewan Rai (kp 30/01/2017)

SC orders not to register cases against judges for judicial orders (rep 30/01/2017)

Running out of patience: Unresolved medical malpractice claims have been piling up due to lack of judges, by Kahar Singh Khadka (kp 22/01/2017)

SC denies stay order on govt-Dr KC pact (kp 16/01/2017)

Judges for High Courts: JC recommendation courts controversy; Criticised for preferring nepotism and favouritism over competence (kp 14/01/2017), 80 judges picked for seven High Courts (ht 14/01/2017), JC's midnight recommendations for high court judges criticized: Member Sitaula boycotts meeting, NBA demands for review, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 14/01/2017), Judges for high courts: Govt lawyers object to JC recommendations, by Dewan Rai (kp 17/01/2017), HC judges: Memorandum submitted to Chief Justice (kp 18/01/2017), SC moved (kp 18/01/2017), Nomination of High Court judges: Judicial Council’s decision challenged at SC (ht 19/01/2017), Judicial Council gets show cause notice (kp 20/01/2017), Separating powers: Judicial Council nominations of judges are always controversial, this year was no different, by Binita Dahal (nt 20/01/2017), Govt attorneys boycott hearings to protest appointment of judges, by Dewan Rai (kp 23/01/2017), Govt attorneys’ protest hits hearings: The Government Lawyer Society vows to continue boycotting the bench  until their concerns  are addressed (kp 24/01/2017), Government attorneys put off protest (ht 26/01/2017), NBA announces protest programmes (ht 29/01/2017), NBA to protest against judges appointments (rep 30/01/2017), NBA ends protest after deal with SC (ht 02/02/2017), Lawyers end boycott of court proceedings: Sign seven-point deal with Nepal Bar Assiciation (ht 12/02/2017)

Three Main Verdicts Of Supreme Court Of Nepal, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 12/01/2017)

JC fails to pick judges for High Courts, set to meet tomorrow again: Sources say the Judicial Council is struggling to pick High Court judges largely due to disagreement among major political  parties, as they are making their bids to get ‘their  people’ appointed (kp 11/01/2017)

Court disqualifies Karki as CIAA chief, by Anil Giri (kp 09/01/2017)

SC: Property Claimed by ex-princess belongs to govt (kp 06/01/2017), Land claimed as Prerana dowry belongs to Nepal Trust: SC, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 06/01/2017)

Hearing on Karki case to continue today (kp 06/01/2017), SC continues final hearings on Karki case (rep 07/01/2017)

SC upholds NEA board reshuffle (kp 04/01/2017)

Supreme Court asks police again to arrest Dhungel, by Dewan Rai (kp 26/12/2016)

Bar seeks deferral of today’s SC hearings: Apex court is scheduled to hear Lokman Singh Karki’s case (kp 22/12/2016), SC starts hearing on Karki case: Arguments on his qualification, high moral character presented; Lawyers from the defendant’s side set to argue today (kp 23/12/2016), Black soot smeared on suspended CIAA chief’s face, two held: The Chand-led CPN-Maoist says the move was preplanned (kp 23/12/2016), Karki claims accusations against him are baseless (ht 23/12/2016), Supreme Court begins hearing on Karki appointment debate (ht 23/12/2016), Karki appointed after removing constitutional hurdle: Joint AG; Was not eligible for CIAA chief: Petitioner's lawyers, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 23/12/2016), Court sets next hearing on Karki cases for Jan 5 (kp 24/12/2016)

Petitions against amendment bill on SC cause list (ht 21/12/2016)

CJ calls for swift justice to women (kp 18/12/2016)

SC again orders govt to end public transport syndicates, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 16/12/2016)

Justice delivery difficult under political duress: Chief Justice (ht 13/12/2016)

Impeachment plaint dropped against SC justice: Parliament committee says not sufficient facts and proofs to pursue the impeachment complaint (kp 07/12/2016), IRC quashes SC justice impeachment complaint (ht 07/12/2016)

JC urged to appoint judges as per statute (kp 05/12/2016)

Apex court reschedules Karki hearing for Dec 22 (kp 02/12/2016)

“A woman is as capable as a man”, interview with Chief Justice Sushila Karki (nt 25/11/2016)

‘PR should not be sole basis for hiring judges’, by Abadhesh Kumar Jha (kp 19/11/2016), Inclusion doesn't mean including unqualified: CJ Karki, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 19/11/2016)

Writ filed at SC against 4 CIAA commissioners: The petitioner has claimed Deep Basnyat, Nabin Kumar Ghimire, Ganesh Raj Joshi and Sabitri Thapa Gurung do not possess the required qualification for holding the posts (kp 17/11/2016)

‘Public funding of parties necessary to check poll anomalies’ (ht 08/11/2016) [??]

Contempt of court case filed against Karki (kp 04/11/2016), Karki ignores apex court summons: Fails to show up at Supreme Court within 15 days of notice delivery (kp 05/11/2016), Karki preparing to challenge impeachment motion (rep 07/11/2016), SC set to hear all cases against Karki on Dec 1, by Dewan Rai (kp 11/11/2016), Lokman’s aide claims innocence, by Dewan Rai (kp 15/11/2016), Karki appears in SC, submits clarification: Claims charge against him ‘derived from the petitioner’s ill-intention’, by Dewan Rai (kp 16/11/2016), Karki defends contempt of court charges, by Arjun Poudel (ht 16/11/2016)

SC should rethink criteria for ‘senior advocate’ title (ht 29/10/2016)

SC team returns without pasting court summons on Karki’s house (kp 06/10/2016), SC unable to serve notice on CIAA chief Karki (rep 06/10/2016), Notice to CIAA chief: Court attempt to serve summons fails again; SC official tasked with delivering letter suddenly ‘goes out of contact'; As per the rule, Karki has to present himself before thecourt within 15 days from the date of receiving the notice, by Dewan Rai (kp 07/10/2016), Staffer with SC notice for CIAA chief goes out of contact (rep 07/10/2016)

NEA chief appointment: SC issues show cause to govt, by Bibek Subedi (kp 22/09/2016)

Apex court dangles the sword of Damocles over CIAA chief Karki: To review his appointment; Censures govt for ‘losing’ documents, by Dewan Rai (kp 17/09/2016), SC to review verdict on CIAA Chief Karki's appointment, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 17/09/2016), Minutes of Karki’s appointment safe, by Anil Giri (kp 19/09/2016), Seven justices can’t hear case (kp 19/09/2016), SC shoots another letter to PMO over Karki’s appointment (kp 22/09/2016), PMO sends Karki appointment minutes to SC (kp 24/09/2016)

Checking and Balancing: When the executive and legislature are not functioning at optimum, it is up to the judiciary to act, by Binita Dahal (nt 16/09/2016)

Govt designates all 7 high courts: Biratnagar, Janakpur, Patan, Pokhara, Tulasipur, Birendranagar and Dipayal chosen, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 15/09/2016), Going federal: All the High Courts must maintain uniformity in delivering timely justice, and the judicial council has to keep a vigil on anomalies in the federal justice system (ht 16/09/2016), High Courts get their chief judges (kp 19/09/2016)

Penner deportation case: Supreme Court defers hearing (kp 13/09/2016)

Recipe for failure: The proposed local jurisdictions are too large and they have too many responsibilities, by Bigyan Prasai (kp 13/09/29016)

Three Bills for judicial restructuring endorsed (kp 12/09/2016), Way paved for 7 high courts, by Ashok Dahal (rep 12/09/2016)

Complaint filed to impeach Justice Anand Monan Bhattarai (ht 08/09/2016)

Decks cleared to set up High Courts, finally: Bills seeking to transform Appellate Courts into High Courts likely to be tabled and endorsed by House on Monday, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/09/2016)

SC allows Nepal Trust to file review petition (ht 03/09/2016)

Parties bicker over appointment of High Court judges: Oppn objects to ruling alliance’s idea of ‘proportional inclusion’ (kp 02/09/2016)

Work on Special Court for conflict-era cases starts, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 31/08/2016)

High Courts to replace Appellate Courts soon (kp 20/08/2016)

Four ambassadorial nominees file case at SC (ht 16/08/2016), Apex court’s show cause to govt (kp 18/08/2016), Decision to withdraw names of ambassadorial nominees stayed (ht 18/08/2016)

Rajbiraj appellate court settles 1,630 cases (ht 18/08/2016)

SC issues interim order in Dixit case (ht 15/08/2016)

Of female justices: Three female justices taking up responsibilities put our position on a par with the most advanced democratic countries, by Abhi Subedi (kp 07/08/2016)

SC asks CIAA to stop action against doctors: A single bench rules that taking action against doctors is beyond CIAA’s constitutional jurisdiction, by Manish Gautam (kp 06/08/2016), SC stays TU’s action against seven docs (ht 06/08/2016)

Court order against animal slaughter (kp 05/08/2016)

LRO attaches land above ceiling owned by Dixit family (ht 04/08/2016), LRO disregards SC order not to seize Dixit’s land (rep 04/08/2016), Dixit objects to LRO move before court hearing (kp 05/08/2016)

In a first, apex court to have 3 female justices: Representation in top state bodies cheered, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 01/08/2016), PHSC confirms 11 justice nominees (rep 01/08/2016), 11 Supreme Court justices appointed (ht 02/08/2016)

‘Non-custodial mother also has to provide child support’ (ht 24/07/2016)

Lack of legal professionals hits justice delivery (ht 18/07/2016)

Apex court issues show cause notice against govt, by Bibek Subedi (kp 14/07/2016)

CJ defends Pradhan’s recommendation (ht 12/07/2016)

Karki endorsed as first female chief justice, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 11/07/2016), Chief justice takes charge (kp 12/07/2016)

District judge selection process to be changed: 40 pc to be appointed through open competition (kp 16/06/2016)

Bill to continue secrecy for judges' property disclosure, by Nabin Khatiwada and Ashok Dahal (rep 15/06/2016)

Justice appointments stall, number of pending cases tops 22,000, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 09/06/2016)

7 Appellate courts to be converted into high courts: Nine to be converted into high court benches, by Ashok Dahal (rep 06/06/2016)

Petition challenges petition against JC recommendations (rep 06/06/2016)

Supreme Court summons Dahal (ht 25/05/2016)

Rethinking law: The bureaucratic process of justice delivery is rather cumbersome as one is made to run from pillar to post, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 17/05/2016)

Meritorious, not inclusive: The argument that a former member of one branch of the state is automatically disqualified from serving another branch is faulty, by Sheri Meyerhoffer and Adil Ali Khan (rep 10/05/2016)

‘Harbour no prejudice against judiciary’ (ht 09/05/2016)

Karki picked Chief Justice once again (kp 03/05/2016)

Murder convicts' property: Lawyers divided on the issue of confiscation (ht 17/04/2016)

Karki picked for chief justice job (kp 11/04/2016), Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha retiring today (ht 12/04/2016), JC structure flawed, says CJ Shrestha (ht 13/04/2016), Madam Chief Justice: Unlike the President and the Speaker of Parliament, Chief Justice Sushila Karki is not a political appointee, by Binita Dahal (nt 15/04/2016)

KC elected Bar Association president: The democratic panel wins two-third seats in the 25-strong central working committee (kp 09/04/2016) [NBA as well completely under control of political parties!!], KC new NBA president (ht 09/04/2016)

NC warns govt over ordinance to rejig judiciary: Deuba calls PM to warn against bypassing Parliament, by Anil Giri (kp 01/04/2016)

Legal experts seek structural reforms in Judicial Council (ht 27/03/2016)

JC’s decision to nominate SC justices upheld (ht 21/03/2016), CC fails to recommend name for new CJ (kp 30/03/2016)

SC quashes 2 petitions related to war-era cases: Paves way to arrest Maoist cadres accused of murder; the move allows district court to proceed with its arrest warrant, probe and prosecution as per criminal justice process, by Dewan Rai (kp 16/03/2016)

JC picks Karki as first female chief justice: Nominee will take charge when President appoints her after CC approval, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 14/03/2016)

Appointment of SC justices: Parliament Sectt refuses to act on JC advice; The parliamentary hearing could not be conducted, as new Parliamentary Regulations have not been enacted (kp 07/03/2016), Lawyers differ on Speaker’s power to send letter to JC for review (ht 08/03/2016), Speaker sending back recommendations dismays JC, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 08/02/2016), SC justice appointment: Speaker’s decision on nominees sparks uproar; Some legal experts have questioned the Speaker’s move, saying it is likely to spark dispute between Parliament and judiciary, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 09/03/2016), Tussle between UML, UCPN-M fuels conflict between judiciary, legislature, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 11/03/2016), 2 petitions filed for and against Speaker’s move, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 12/03/2016), Judiciary-legislature blame game: UCPN (M) says ball in prime minister’s court (kp 13/03/2016) [What about independence of judiciary? The political parties are only a part, not the owners of the state!], Parliament regulations to be finalised ‘within a week’ (kp 14/03/2016), Professional inclusiveness is as necessary as ethnic inclusiveness, interview with Bipin Adhikari (kp 14/03/2016), Speaker defends sending back justice names: Says she’s ready to take hearing ahead if nominations are sent again, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/03/2016), SC issues interim order to conduct hearings for justices, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 15/03/2016), Justice names sent back to parliament (kp 16/03/2016), JC re-sends list of SC justices for hearing in Parliament (ht 16/03/2016), Hearings for 11 new justices unlikely soon (rep 17/03/2016)

Judicial match-fixing: By giving in to political pressure Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha has failed to uphold the integrity of the Judiciary, by Binita Dahal (nt 04/03/2016)

Appointment of SC justices: Rift in JC over names, seniority list (kp 27/02/2016), Hearings delay hampers justice appointment, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 29/02/2016), Appointment SC justices: Legislative hurdle set to cause delays (kp 03/03/2016)

Case disposal rate at apex court drops (ht 06/02/2016)

Apex court tells govt to formulate laws to protect rape victims (ht 05/02/2016), Ruling for law to protect rape survivors hailed (kp 06/02/2016)

Only seven cases settled thru reconciliation (ht 27/01/2016)

SC tells govt to compensate wrongly convicted, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 22/01/2016)

SC mulling to limit lawyers’ pleading time (ht 21/01/2016)

Judiciary needs justice: Keeping Supreme Court partially functional serves no one (kp 19/01/2016)

Karki becomes first woman JC member: Set to take the Supreme Court helm as female chief justice (kp 06/01/2016),
Breaking barriers: Women are under-represented in judiciary despite Karki’s appointment (kp 08/01/2016)

SC quashes govt review petition, by Manish Gautam (kp 29/12/2015)

SC quashes writ against 16-point pact (kp 16/12/2015) [?? Justice bows to politics!]

Constitution bench formed (kp 09/12/2015)

Online policing: SC serves govt show cause (kp 23/11/2015)

Mediation in Nepal: Its cost-benefit effectiveness, by Mukti Rijal (ht 27/10/2015)

SC quashes Bhattarai govt’s decision on ‘classified’ documents (ht 11/09/2015)

Tarai district court judges return to Kathmandu: To remain in the capital till ‘normalcy returns’ to the districts, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/09/2015)

SC puts ban on visual pollution (kp 03/09/2015)

Supreme Court issues interim order against paid surrogacy (ht 27/08/2015)

UCPN-M slams JC decision (ht 09/08/2015)

Ensure access to justice: CJ (ht 20/07/2015)

CJ Shrestha revokes Shah's transfer of judges on deputation, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 17/07/2015)

Prisoners can’t retain lawyers to appeal cases, by Prakash Adhikari(kp 14/07/2015)

Constitutional Court: Vital To Tackle New Challenges, by Mukti Rijal (rn 09/07/2015)

Chief Justice Shah retires, Shrestha’s oath today (ht 08/07/2015), Shrestha sworn in as chief justice (kp 09/07/2015), New CJ warns against politics in judiciary (ht 09/07/2015), Enter: Chief Justice Shrestha; Kalyan Shrestha has the challenging task of restoring the integrity of a tarnished Supreme Court, and protecting the separation of powers, by Binita Dahal (nt 10/07/2015)

Judge the judges: The new constitution should firmly establish the notions of judicial accountability and independence, by Govinda Sharma 'Bandi' (kp 02/07/2015)

House panel approves Shrestha as new CJ (kp 30/06/2015), PHSC endorses Justice Shrestha as next CJ: ‘Criticism of recent interim order against 16-point pact invalid’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 30/06/2015)

Transfer of judges at 11th hour by outgoing CJ 'against tradition' (rep 23/06/2015)

Supreme Court stays 16-pt deal enforcement (kp 20/06/2015),

Apex court stays implementation of 16-point pact, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/06/2015), Supreme Court stays 16-point agreement, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 20/06/2015), 4 parties: Ruling infringes upon CA’s jurisdiction: Govt to file petition against order (kp 20/06/2015) [No, it only prevents the continued misuse of the interim constitution! There is only one consequence: Those who were part of the 16-point agreement should leave politics once and for all!!], Four parties defend 16-point agreement (ht 20/06/2015), Big 4 challenge SC order, vow to expedite statute drafting, by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep 20/06/2015) [In other words: They not only disregard the interim constitution but also the decision of the SC??], Contempt of court case against prime minister, CA chairman (ht 25/06/2015)

SC dead against any House panel to monitor justices (rep 18/06/2015)

SC refuses to register writ against 16-pt deal: Petitioner says he will move the court again to challenge the refusal tomorrow (ht 13/06/2015) [The SC has to decide if the procedure of the leaders of the political parties violates the interim constitution! How can the apex court simply reject this writ?], 16-point deal challenged in Supreme Court (kp 17/06/2015), SC accepts writ against 16-point agreement (ht 17/06/2015) [Wow! Mind changed?], SC takes up writ petition on 16-point deal, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 17/06/2015)

Shrestha recommended as next CJ (kp 10/06/2015), CC recommends Kalyan Shrestha as new CJ, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 10/06/2015)

Bar concerned as 27 judges Retire today (kp 09/06/2015)

SC quashes its order on judicial review registration (ht 25/05/2015)

Nomination of 26 CA members is govt’s business: SC, by Durga Dulal (rep) [Yes, but it would have been the business of the govt that was in office before the complete CA elected a new government! Besides, Sushil Koirala did not follow the letter of the Interim Constitution!! What kind of political decision is this??]

Bar vs Bench: Enough accusations of corruption in the judiciary, time to start investigating them, by Binita Dahal (nt 17/04/2015)

Supreme Court upholds govt decision (kp 13/04/2015)

JC panel to probe verdicts (kp 07/04/2015)

Now’s the time: There is a need to build confidence between the bar and the bench, for instance through fair nominations for vacant Supreme Court positions, by Krishna Man Pradhan (rep 06/04/2015)

Transitional justice: Maoists want SC verdict corrected (kp 02/04/2015) [?????]

Judge them well: The Judicial Council must balance seniority, experience, and capability while nominating judges, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp 01/04/2015)

Apex court seeks evidence of corruption from NBA (ht 28/03/2015), Supreme Court urges NBA to clarify corruption claim (rep 28/03/2015), SC seeks evidence of graft from NBA (ht 30/03/2015), Bar defends its claim on corruption in judiciary (kp 03/04/2015), NBA sends rejoinder to CJ Shah (ht 03/04/2015)

Kangaroo courts: District offices are misusing their quasi-judicial powers and flouting directives from the country’s courts, by Prakash A. Raj (kp 26/02/2015)

Courts adopt modern technology (ht 24/02/2015)

Study panel yet to submit report for fast track court (kp 19/02/2015)

NBA struggles to pick names for JC position (kp 18/02/2015)

Court: Reinstate Dr Bhandari as VC (kp 16/02/2015)

Over 62 percent pending judgments enforced: SC (kp 14/02/2015)

Verdict on TRC cases on Feb 26 (kp 13/02/2015)

SC: Ensure independence of judiciary in new statute (kp 13/02/2015)

Nationality card through mother: Apex court verdict helps siblings get citizenship (kp 26/01/2015)

Hearing of transitional justice writ postponed: Conflict victims say they are losing hope of the case being heard as it is being postponed intentionally (kp 24/01/2015)

CJ’s initiative expediting justice: SC (ht 19/01/2015)

Race heats up for JC post (kp 15/01/2015)

Court frees man wrongly jailed for two weeks, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 14/01/2015)

Evening court gives service seekers respite (kp 13/01/2015)

Lalitpur dist court protects witnesses, by Weena Pun (kp 12/01/2015)

JC clarifies its move on justice appt (kp 02/01/2015), JC notice is against statute, reiterates NBA (kp 07/01/2015), Chief Justice says Judicial Council won’t ignore NBA (ht 07/01/2015), Neupane quits JC over Bar letter (kp 08/01/2015), JC asks NBA to fill Neupane’s vacancy (kp 09/01/2015)
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