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Court Rules Against Banning Child Sex Abusers from Becoming Public Officials, Soldiers

Court Rules Against Banning Child Sex Abusers from Becoming Public Officials, Soldiers

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down two legal clauses permanently banning people convicted of sex crimes against children from being appointed as public officials or soldiers. Under the two separate laws, people convicted for sexual offenses against minors are permanently banned from working as public servants or career [...]

Top Court Overturns Lower Courts’ Denial of Legal Sex Change to Parent with Underage Child

Top Court Overturns Lower Courts’ Denial of Legal Sex Change to Parent with Underage Child

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday it is illegal to deny transgender people the right to change their legal sex status solely on the grounds that they have underage children. The ruling was made in a request filed in 2019 by a naturally born man who underwent a sex reassignment [...]

Persistent ‘Unanswered’ Phone Calls Recognized as Act of Stalking

Persistent ‘Unanswered’ Phone Calls Recognized as Act of Stalking

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid controversy over a court ruling that an individual making persistent phone calls cannot be punished by anti-stalking law if the calls are not answered, a recent court decision found the defendant guilty in a similar case. Incheon District Court on Tuesday sentenced a 42-year-old man charged with violating [...]

Controversy over Court Ruling that Persistent Phone Calls Not Stalking if Unanswered

Controversy over Court Ruling that Persistent Phone Calls Not Stalking if Unanswered

SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — A local court has issued the controversial ruling that the anti-stalking law do not apply to individuals making persistent phone calls that are not answered. Incheon District Court recently ruled that a 54-year-old man accused of violating the Act of Punishment of Stalking Crimes was not guilty. The man [...]

Court Rules Against Annulment of Existing Marriages Between 3rd and Closer Cousins

Court Rules Against Annulment of Existing Marriages Between 3rd and Closer Cousins

SEOUL, Oct. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The current civil law invalidating marriages among third cousins and closer relatives does not conform to the Constitution and needs to be revised, the Constitutional Court ruled Thursday. The court said that it is constitutional for the civil law to prohibit marriages between third and closer cousins. But a [...]

Trials for Military Sexual Crimes Jump 77.6 pct Over Past 4 Years

Trials for Military Sexual Crimes Jump 77.6 pct Over Past 4 Years

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Trials for sexual crimes in the military jumped 77.6 percent over the past four years, according to data from military courts. The number of trials for active-duty soldiers accused of sexual crimes amounted to 2,185 between 2018 and last year, according to the data provided to Rep. Kim Seung-won [...]

Blanket 10-yr Child Care Career Ban on Emotional Child Abusers Unconstitutional

Blanket 10-yr Child Care Career Ban on Emotional Child Abusers Unconstitutional

SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The Constitutional Court struck down a law that bans those who are fined for emotional child abuse from working at a child care center for 10 years, saying it excessively restricts the basic rights of those subject to the law. The court decision follows a petition filed by a [...]

Supreme Court Suggests Stronger Countermeasures Against Stalking Suspects

Supreme Court Suggests Stronger Countermeasures Against Stalking Suspects

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday proposed tougher countermeasures against stalking suspects, such as the imposition of a restraining order, amid growing societywide resentment over the recent murder of a young subway worker by her alleged stalker. The top court said in a statement that stalking suspects who are under [...]