State to pay out alimony allowance
The long-in-the-making state alimony allowance fund is set to start work in March when the social insurance board will make the first payments to families that have lost support from one of the parents.
28.02.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
Separatists in Luhansk want to exchange an Estonian
An unexpected turn is about to take place in the case of Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov, standing trial in Ukraine for fighting for Donbass separatists – it is possible he will be exchanged and handed over to separatists in Luhansk instead.
02.02.2017, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Ossinovski drops gas stations alcohol ban
Even though Minister of Health Care and Labor Jevgeni Ossinovski said alcohol would disappear from gas stations as recently as late December, the ministry has now introduced draft legislation that does not include the ban and exempts small shops from moving alcohol out of sight. Changes will, however, ban alcohol advertisements on social media.
25.01.2017, Hanneli RudiPM
Crime rate falls 9 pct below 2015 level after 11 mos
The level of crime in Estonia showed an 9 percent drop from the preceding year after the first 11 months of 2016, and in November the number of murders and manslaughters also started to decline.
Puhas kõrvapai: Prantsuse duo Justice avaldas kolmanda albumi «Woman»
Grammy auhinnaga pärjatud duo Justice avaldas täna oma kolmanda stuudioalbumi «Woman», Because Music / Ed Banger Recordsi kaudu. Pärast viieaastast pausi ilmunud album sisaldab 10 täiesti uut pala, mille hulgas singlid «Safe And Sound», «Randy» ja «Alakazam!».
Legal certainty held in esteem
Estonia occupies 14th place among 113 countries in the World Justice Project's recent Rule of Law Index published last week. The pack is led by four Nordic countries: Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden, while other countries ahead of Estonia all sport a far higher standard of living than the Baltic Sea country.
28.10.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: let there be truth with mercy
This is no theatre – as assured us by prosecutor and victim beaten by Tiit Ojasoo in her public appeal. Here, we need to realise that on top of the totally condemnable violence, we have flesh and blood people with their feelings and future.
Editorial: penalties no panacea
These past years, Estonia has been shaken by tragic traffic accidents with casualties and caused by drunken drivers. Thankfully, over a decade the yearly death toll is down from 81 in 2007 to 14 last year. And yet, many may have been avoided.
Tough times descending upon deadbeat parents
When March comes around, Estonian law turns to be among the severest in Europe towards those avoiding payment of child support. The state hopes for a success story while bailiffs are skeptical. Hardened debtors threaten to leave the country if the pressure rises, there to then dwell as alimony refugees.
05.02.2016, Oliver KundElu
Eesti Laulu poolfinalist Pur Mudd ning Avoid Dave esinevad sel reedel restoklubis PAI
House-muusika üritus Katus Sõidab toob sel reedel teieni live'id Eesti Laulu poolfinalistilt Púr Múdd ning Eesti Muusikaauhindadel parimale elektroonilise muusika albumile nomineeritud Avoid Dave'ilt.
Estonia to probably renew laws connected to terrorism
Estonian Ministry of Justice wants to more efficiently stop terrorist crimes by making amendments to the Penal Code and is asking opinions from interest groups to draw up the draft.
European Parliament calls on Russia to free Estonian security official
European Parliament calls on Russia to free the abducted Estonian security police official, Eston Kohver.
Crime rate continues to show strong decline
The crime rate in Estonia continues to show a sharp decline which however can be partly attributed to Penal Code changes that stepped into effect at the beginning of the year.
Rein Lang eyeing advocate's job
Rein Lang, who has served as Estonia's minister of justice, culture and foreign affairs, is about to do an advocate's examination to be able to join the Bar Association and work as a sworn advocate.
20.07.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Anna-Maria Galojan released from prison
Anna-Maria Galojan, former head of the NGO Estonian European Movement convicted of embezzlement, has served her five-month sentence and was released from prison on Tuesday.
Police seeks option to select crimes worthy of investigation
A fresh example out of real life: a divorced father was supposed, at ex-wife’s request, to drive daughter to a dancing class by car. The child failed to exit the building in time, searching for her clothes. The father entered to help the kid, found the clothes and got his daughter to the class on time. Arriving home, the mother filed complaint to court as, entering into the apartment, the father violated court-imposed ban of approach. Legally speaking, this was illegal entry into private property.
30.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Russia withdrawing from prisoner transfer agreement with Estonia
Russia is set to withdraw from the agreement on the exchange of prisoners with Estonia and the Russian government has made a proposal to President Vladimir Putin to notify Estonia about it, Russia's Interfax news agency said.
Editorial: the court just does its job
Boys accused in attempted rape of a girl of 12 were acquitted, by court. Criticism towards the court overflowed, in newspaper websites and social networks. Gender equality commissioner weighed in, finding that court judgments are often gender-biased. Anger boiled over. Understandably, as a child has suffered.
Who wants to be a judge? Lonesome, loaded with responsibility...
Name a job that pays €3,400 to €4,400 plus perks and yet lacks candidates. Judges.
13.02.2015, Nils NiitraTe
Kolm märki, mis aitavad veepuudust ära tunda
Kuigi veejoomise kasulikust mõjust räägitakse sageli, ei tunne paljud janu ning ei tarbi selle tõttu siiski piisavalt vett.
09.02.2015, Triin ÄrmPM
Number of prisoners continues declining in 2014
In 2014 the number of prisoners held in Estonian penitentiaries continued declining, and at the end of the year the number of prisoners was smaller by more than 100 and offenders on probation by 600 compared to the beginning of the year, it appears from the Justice Ministry's annual prisons review.
Estonian crime clearance rate stays above 50 pct
The proportion of criminal offenses solved in Estonia remained higher than 50 percent last year, figures made available by the Justice Ministry on Tuesday show.
Ülle Madise appointed new Chancellor of Justice
Yesterday, Riigikogu elected Ülle Madise, President’s legal adviser and constitutional law professor at University of Tartu, as Estonia’s new Chancellor of Justice with 72 votes for, nine against and two undecided.
21.01.2015, Karin KangroPM
182 prisoners kept under electronic surveillance in 2014
Estonian courts last year approved electronic surveillance of 182 convicts on probation and as of Monday 83 individuals were wearing an ankle bracelet.
A man legally nonexistent for years
Born in Estonia, a man is in his eighth year of life without any documents, residence permit or outlook to get legalised.
05.01.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
Estonian fugitive Galojan appeals extradition ruling in UK top court
Anna-Maria Galojan, a former Estonian NGO leader sentenced to jail for embezzlement, appealed the decision made by a British court in November to extradite her to Estonia.
Editorial: hard potatoes and court overloads
A year ago, European Court of Human Rights happened to satisfy appeal by inmate against Estonian state. A drug lab manager was distressed by lack of sporting options behind bars. After that, complaints by prisoners snowballed to exceed appeals to Tartu Administrative Court by people at liberty – 1,100 out of 1,800 filed from jail. The said court is suffering the worst, located in region of the major prisons.
State seeking solution to cut serial complaining
Justice ministry law policy vice chancellor Kai Härmand says they are seeking solutions to deal with avalanche of appeals by inmates.
11.12.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: the global echo of a death
One tragic incident which, on the face of it, might touch but the persons directly involved (and their neatest-dearest) may evolve into a chain reaction lasting for months – a story on every TV screen on the planet. A story to be interpreted with broad generalisations or used for propaganda.
Court confesses state inability to arrange father meet child
On Friday, Tallinn Administrative Court enforced State Liability Act to sue justice ministry for €7,500 to compensate a man as for three years the state has proven unable to enforce the fulfilment of a court decision – enabling the father to meet his son.
25.11.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: what matters most is a heart to help
Since 2004, Estonia is in the beautiful habit of pinning badges of honour on brave people who have caught crooks, helped along by fearless action, prevented a crime or assisted a victim. Thus, today’s Postimees covers acts of chivalry by those decorated this year round. Thought provoking stories – what may have happened, if... Strangers saved, own lives laid on the line.
Fast loan firms milk debtor till last drop
Many are the means developed by fast loan providers to make extra money on those late with payments – for instance, creating a debt collecting company of their own. A bill now in pipeline is trying to set a ceiling to debt proceeding costs.
14.11.2014, Marge TubalkainPM
Government appoints Lavly Perling chief prosecutor
Estonian government on Thursday appointed Lavly Perling as prosecutor general.
Editorial: example alone matters
A sad story laid out in Postimees today: having battered his pregnant partner, a man may get three years if convicted. Just a case among thousands, though...
Parliamentarian insists on innocence
«I am being accused in something which has not been,» MP and former Tartu city council member Urbo Vaarmann (37, Centre Party) told reporters yesterday as he arrived in court.
21.10.2014, Risto MetsSp
Milani noormängija sai rassismi eest valusalt karistada
16-aastane AC Milani jalgpallimeeskonna noormängija Cosimo La Ferrara sai rassistliku lause eest vastasmängija suunas viiemängulise karistuse.
09.10.2014, Kadi PartsPM
Editorial: the state vs the lawyer – a battle of principle
By its directive yesterday, justice ministry fired a resounding opening shot in its battle with Bar Association. The issue: how much must taxpayer pay to BA for it to provide legal assistance to people who can’t afford a lawyer?
State legal aid providers encounter emptiness of pockets
Bar Association says it’s running out of this year’s state legal assistance money – by October. Justice minister Andres Anvelt thinks this is because BA does a poor job managing the funds and orders cuts to lawyers’ hourly fees.
12.08.2014, Oliver KundPM
State temptation fails to woo
€7,600 grant can’t tempt a young jurist to toil in Ida-Viru County.
11.08.2014, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: not out of the woods (yet)
Differently from, let’s say, the UK, Estonia is not a country used to vast lands belonging to a handful of owners. A basic reason for this is Republic of Estonia’s 1919 land reform whereby large land ownerships were nationalised and afterwards handed out as new farmsteads.
Estonia thinks to sue European Commission
In mid-May, European Commission halted almost €425,000 worth of European Fisheries Fund (EFF) payments to Estonia. According to agriculture ministry, the decision is unsubstantiated and they propose that government contest it in European Court of Justice.
09.07.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
Disorder ordered in public order?
July 1st. New law allows for polite binging and protects people by silent hours starting 60 minutes sooner.
16.06.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Ilves announces new tax rules
Yesterday, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves opted to proclaim Value Added Tax Act Amendment Act, the last version of which he vetoed last December. Riigikogu ratified the amendment on May 7th.
21.05.2014, Liina ValdrePM
Editorial: Embarrassed in Estonia
Just some months ago, Vaiko Eplik came out with a new album, 7 ehk Nõgesed. It’s good stuff, and one CD wouldn’t be enough – a pity to kill the thing in the car, and some songs one would like to take jogging. For the car, one can burn an extra CD. For running purposes, stick files in iPod. Both are legal, if done for personal use only.
Copyright protectors claim governmental compensation
Author fees still collected from cassette and VHS tapes – by now almost obsolete.
20.05.2014, Kalev AasmäePM
Defying critics, temporary pharmacy limit destined to come
New pharmacies order is urgently needed, by June. According to Chancellor of Justice, however, transition period with limits is unconstitutional.
14.05.2014, Karin KangroPM
Rod takes kids down path of crime
Kids punished physically are more likely to commit crimes, consume alcohol and be bullied at school, claims a fresh University of Tartu study. Justice minister Andres Anvelt says this points to family violence spreading outside homes, the problem demanding forceful intervention.
06.05.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Third of murders linked to family violence
Andres Anvelt admits world can’t be fixed in a year. Even so, he vows to take a decent step towards fighting violence in families.
09.04.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Sitting on two chairs, again
Unlike his predecessor Allar Jõks the current Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder cannot be expected to stand, in principle, against Riigikogu members taking a seat at local councils.
03.04.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Chancellor of Justice seeks stripping three parliamentarians from immunity
Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder today proposed that Riigikogu waive immunity of Centre Party parliamentarians Lauri Laasi and Priit Toobal for the bringing of charges, and of Urbo Vaarmann in order to continue with judicial proceedings.
20.03.2014, Karin KangroPM
Editorial: self-defence vs wild justice
The clean are supposed to be safe, or so they say... But how is «clean» to be defined? Where exactly lies the difference between personal offences due to some misunderstanding – and intentional fraud? In other words: where begins crime? In rule of law, the line is drawn by legislation and courts.
Vice-chancellor interferes with administration of justice
On the very day that Tallinn Circuit Court pronounced its judgement regarding the land swap case, another extraordinary event took place in the same establishment.
25.06.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Impartial justice hampered
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court criticises judicial practice in Tartu, minister weighs moving Prosecutor’s Office.
11.06.2013, Risto BerendsonElu
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