Legal


Interception of Communications Act

PART I Preliminary 1. This Act may be cited as the Interception of Communications Act. 2.─(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, “attorney-at-law” has the meaning given to it under section 2 of the Legal Profession Act, Cap. 320; “authorised officer” means the Commissioner of Police; or (a) a person for the time being lawfully exercising the functions of the Commissioner of Police; (b) an officer authorised in writing to act on behalf of the Commissioner of Police; or (c) the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry responsible for the Belize Police Department; (d) any person employed by […]


Noise Abatement in Belize

NOISE ABATEMENT Unreasonable noise emissions on premises. 37. (1) A person who on any premises uses or causes or allows to be used any equipment in such a way as to cause or allow it to emit unreasonable noise from those premises commits an offence. (2) A prosecution for an alleged offence under subregulation (1) may be instituted only by – (a) any three or more persons, each of whom is the occupier of the premises and claims to be directly affected by that alleged offence; (b) an authorized person; or (c) a police officer. Installation of equipment emitting unreasonable […]


Belize Guatemala Adjacency Zone

AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH A TRANSITION PROCESS AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING MEASURES BETWEEN BELIZE AND GUATEMALA I. Preambular Considerations: Delegations from Belize and Guatemala, headed by H.E. Assad Shoman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, and by H.E. Edgar A. Gutiérrez, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, met at OAS Headquarters in Washington D.C. on February 7, 2003, with Assistant Secretary General, in charge of the General Secretariat, Ambassador Luigi R. Einaudi to continue their discussions aimed at concluding an Agreement to Establish a Transition Process and Confidence Building Measures Between Belize and Guatemala within the framework of a just, equitable and […]


How America plans to pay for their wall

This controversial issue is being discussed by just about everyone but nobody actually discusses the actual funding of it. It seems as per this bill that it will be paid by many countries.Basically, brace yourself because remittances will be slowing or stopping for a lot of countries and people including Belize. The Bill: This Act may be cited as the “Border Wall Funding Act of 2017”. Introduced in House (03/30/2017) [Congressional Bills 115th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office] [H.R. 1813 Introduced in House (IH)] 115th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1813 To amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act […]


Crime in Belize – Judges Rules

It is the responsibility of everyone to help in the prevention of crime. The police are however charged by law, with the special duty to prevent crime and where one has been committed, to investigate and ensure that the persons responsible are brought before the Courts. The difficulties the police may encounter in this process cannot however, be underestimated. But it is nonetheless vital for the core values of society, including the rule of law and the proper administration of justice that, even in the face of these sometimes exasperating difficulties, basic rules of fairness and respect for the fundamental […]


Human Rights in Belize – Rights of the Child   Recently updated !

RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY [without reference to a Main Committee (A/54/L.84)] 54/263. Optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography H.E. Mr. Said Musa Prime Minister of Belize The General Assembly, Recalling all its previous resolutions on the rights of the child, in particular its resolution 54/149 of 17 December 1999, in which it strongly supported the work of the open-ended inter-sessional working groups and urged them to finalize their work before the tenth anniversary of […]


The struggle for Maya land, oil, and gold

by Robin Llewellyn 11 July 2012 After two very recent attacks on Maya community leaders in Guatemala, the challenges faced by the lawyers applying domestic law and international indigenous rights legislation to these conflicts are revealing, as legal concepts are reinterpreted by governments in indigenous communities across the Maya region of Central America. On the night of 12 June two men broke into the home of José Tavico Tzunun in Santa Cruz del Qiché, Western Guatemala, and murdered him. Tzunun was a member of the K’iche’ Peoples Council in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth, and Indigenous Territory. He helped […]


Not even the US trusts the decisions of the ICJ

Belize is being shoved to go to the ICJ by the US OAS branch but when they had to get a ruling at the ICJ they basically said, “Oh hell no, this court is bullshit.” The United States and the ICJ The United States has long had an uneasy relationship with the International Court of Justice, which primarily arbitrates legal disputes among UN member nations that recognize its jurisdiction. The United States withdrew from the court’s compulsory jurisdiction in 1986 after the court ruled it owed Nicaragua war reparations. The United States also disagreed with the court’s stance that it […]


Belize v. Belize Social Development Ltd (2012)

668 F.3d 724 (2012) BELIZE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED, Appellant v. GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE, Appellee. No. 10-7167. United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. Argued October 14, 2011. Decided January 13, 2012. Louis B. Kimmelman argued the cause and filed the briefs for appellant. Joseph S. Hall entered an appearance. Juan C. Basombrio, pro hac vice, argued the cause for appellee. With him on the brief was Jay C. Johnson. Before: ROGERS, GARLAND and KAVANAUGH, Circuit Judges. Opinion for the Court by Circuit Judge ROGERS. Dissenting opinion by Circuit Judge KAVANAUGH. ROGERS, Circuit Judge: This case involves a petition […]


United States vs Hertular

UNITED STATES v. HERTULAR UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. Robert HERTULAR, Defendant-Appellant. 07-1453-cr. Docket No. Argued: June 19, 2008. — April 06, 2009 Before: STRAUB, RAGGI, Circuit Judges, and SESSIONS, District Judge. 1 Anirudh Bansal, Assistant United States Attorney (Jesse M. Furman, Katherine Polk Failla, Assistant United States Attorneys, of counsel), for Michael J. Garcia, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, New York, New York, for Appellee.Avrom Robin (Ira D. London, of counsel), Law Office of Ira D. London, New York, New York, for Defendant-Appellant. In a pro se submission, Hertular raises myriad other challenges. Through […]