New law firm Navarro & Cheri

Last week a new law firm was established on Curacao: Navarro & Cheri Attorneys at law and Advisors. Partners are attorney Nelson Navarro, former leader of political party Forsa Kòrsou, and lawyer Esther Cheri, former head of the Lieutenant Governor's Office.

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"Legal deficiency shows islands are not ready"

THE HAGUE--Member of Dutch Parliament (MP) Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) said that the legal gap to use extraordinary investigative methods in Antillean and Aruban criminal cases once again shows that Curaçao and St. Maarten are not ready to assume country status.

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Justice handicapped in fight against crime

AMSTERDAM - Dutch attorney at law Gerard Spong is predicting that the Public Prosecutor's Offices in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba will encounter great difficulties in a number of large criminal cases. This has to do with the limited legal possibilities to use extraordinary investigative methods, such as telephone tapping.

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Aqualectra wins case against PWFC

On Sunday afternoon, Aqualectra instituted and won interlocutory proceedings against Isla and labor union PWFC to enforce access to its diesel power station on the grounds of the Isla refinery.

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JP Morgan:"LatAm corporates more investable than other emerging markets"

Private equity deals done this year in Latin America are already worth nearly two-thirds more than for all of 2009, according to new research, showing funds are rapidly returning to the region after retrenching during the crisis.

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Kingdom Charter change for public meeting of parliament

The changes to the Kingdom Charter to include new countries St. Maarten and Curaçao and other minor adjustments were handled and approved by the Central Committee of Parliament on Thursday. The changes will now be dealt with in a public meeting of parliament.

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New judge sworn in

PHILIPSBURG--New judge in the Court of First Instance C.T.M. Luijks was sworn in by Acting Lt. Governor Reynold Groeneveldt at the Government Administration Building on Wednesday.

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Lisbeth Hoefdraad:Pleidooi voor "Caribisering"

Er zijn 34 full time rechters voor de Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba. Daarvan wordt ongeveer tweederde ‘ingevlogen’ vanuit Nederland. Die Nederlandse rechters worden uitgezonden voor een beperkte periode van minimaal drie en maximaal vijf jaar.

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New Central Bank has reputation risk

During the presentation of the annual report on 2009 by Central Bank of the Netherlands Antilles, President-Director Emsley Tromp emphasised that the new Central Bank, which the future countries Curaçao and St. Maarten will have jointly, must be provided with all essentials to function optimally.

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"Caribbean guilder" not ready by 10-10-10

Curaçao's General Affairs Commissioner Zita Jesus-Leito (PAR) has confirmed that the Caribbean Guilder, which is to become the currency of the new countries Curaçao and St. Maarten, will not be in circulation until six to nine months from now.

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"Isla books substantial gain of time despite losing court cases"

The chairman of foudation Clean Environment on Curaçao (SMOC) Peter van Leeuwen sees a drawback despite the positive outcomeof the ruling of the Higher Court against the Isla-refinery on Monday. The Isla has booked a substantial gain of time despite having lost everything.

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MOT receives 20,000 reports per year

Thanks to the efforts of the current Report Centre Unusual Transactions Netherlands Antilles (MOT), the reputation of the institution has increased. Per year, the MOT receives approximately 20,000 reports from both the financial and the non-financial sector.

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Upper Chamber approves National Laws

THE HAGUE — The Upper Chamber unanimously approved the National Laws today that were necessary for the new status of the Antilles per October 10th 2010, including the National Law for the Amendment of the Statute and the National Law that enables the Order of National Council (AMvRB). The SP was the only party who had objected the law for financial supervision.

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New partners Spigthoff

Spigthoff Attorneys at Law and Tax Advisers Curacao has two new partners as per 1 July: mr Annemarijke Bach Kolling and mr Maike Bergervoet.

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Award of 10th VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne thesis prize

Each year, law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne awards a prize to the best written master thesis for law studies at the University of the Netherlands Antilles. VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne selects the winning thesis from all theses graded with an 8 or higher by the teachers.

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Trademark registration after 10-10-10

After 10-10-10, the Netherlands Antilles trademark registrations also must change. It still has not been established what these changes will be. Laura Fresco, attorney and trademark representative at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, is examining the problem.

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"General Kingdom measures are not higher supervision"

THE HAGUE--The General Measures of Kingdom Government (Algemene Maatregelen van Rijksbestuur AMvRB) to regulate the tasks that Countries Curaçao and St. Maarten cannot execute on their own are not a form of higher supervision, the Dutch Government has stressed.

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Financial supervision only reinstated as a last resort

THE HAGUE--The financial supervision imposed on Curaçao and St. Maarten is temporary and will only be reintroduced when the proper governance of the future countries is at stake, the Dutch Government confirmed in a document to the First Chamber on Monday.

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Handling of Kingdom Consensus Laws might be postponed

The Dutch First Chamber is seriously considering postponing the handling of the Kingdom Consensus Laws to mid-September, thereby endangering the target date of October 10 for the dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles.

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Early elections on CuraƧao

The draft constitution for the new country Curaçao did not pass an important local hurdle early Saturday morning, when it was two votes short of the number required for approval by the Island Council.

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