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Court Rules Aggravated Punishment for Repeat DUI Offenses Unconstitutional

Court Rules Aggravated Punishment for Repeat DUI Offenses Unconstitutional

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) – The Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that a law calling for aggravated punishment against repeated offenses of drunk driving or refusing field sobriety testing is unconstitutional. The nine-justice panel made the ruling in a 7-2 vote to a clause of the country’s revised Road Traffic Act, dubbed the Yoon Chang-ho [...]

Constitutional Court Rules Against Ban on Lawyers from Joining Online Legal Service Platform

Constitutional Court Rules Against Ban on Lawyers from Joining Online Legal Service Platform

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the lawyers’ code of conduct banning them from joining online legal counseling platforms, such as LawTalk, is unconstitutional, a decision expected to bring sweeping changes to how law is practiced in South Korea. The ruling is in favor of 60 lawyers and Law&Company, [...]

Import of Marijuana Illegal Regardless of Reason: Constitutional Court

Import of Marijuana Illegal Regardless of Reason: Constitutional Court

SEOUL, April 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The Constitutional Court has ruled that it is constitutional to punish those who bring marijuana into the country, regardless of how they end up possessing the substance, officials said Wednesday. In a unanimous decision, the court dismissed a constitutional petition filed against the Narcotics Control Act that stipulates heavy [...]

Punishment of Tattooing by Non-medical Professionals Legal: Constitutional Court

Punishment of Tattooing by Non-medical Professionals Legal: Constitutional Court

SEOUL, March 31 (Korea Bizwire) — The Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that it is not against the highest law to punish non-medical workers practicing tattooing. In a 5-4 decision, the court dismissed a constitutional petition by a group of tattooists against the Medical Service Act that outlaws tattooing by people with no medical license. Under [...]

Anti-DUI Law Subjecting Repeat Offense to Aggravated Punishment Ruled Unconstitutional

Anti-DUI Law Subjecting Repeat Offense to Aggravated Punishment Ruled Unconstitutional

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — The Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled against a law that calls for aggravated punishment for repeat drunk drivers because multiple violations are defined as repeat offences no matter how far apart in time they are. The court delivered the non-constitutional decision against the country’s revised Road Traffic Act, dubbed [...]

Constitutional Court Upholds Lawfulness of Revised Act that Shut Down Ride-hailing Service Tada

Constitutional Court Upholds Lawfulness of Revised Act that Shut Down Ride-hailing Service Tada

SEOUL, June 24 (Korea Bizwire) — A revised law that practically forced a leading ride-hailing service out of business last year complied with the country’s Constitution, a court ruled Thursday. The justices of the Constitutional Court unanimously ruled as constitutional the law limiting the Tada service to rent out its vans only for tourism purposes [...]

Nationality Selection Restraints for Multiple Nationality Holders Ruled Incompatible with Constitution

Nationality Selection Restraints for Multiple Nationality Holders Ruled Incompatible with Constitution

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — A current law banning multiple nationality holders who are 18 years and older from renouncing Korean citizenship unless military service obligations are fulfilled does not conform to the Constitution, the Constitutional Court of Korea said Thursday. The court said some clauses of the Nationality Act imposing obligations and restraints [...]