ex post facto law

(redirected from Retrospective law)

ex post facto law

n.
A law that retroactively makes criminal an act that was not criminal at the time it was done. In the United States, the passage of such laws is forbidden by the Constitution.
References in periodicals archive ?
The High Court yesterday ruled that a retrospective law he rushed in was illegal.
The plaintiffs claim that the amended rule, if applied to contracts concluded before the change was made, also is a retrospective law.
11) But if she were to be punished in a legal proceeding, "it must be pursuant to the introduction of a frankly retrospective law and with a full consciousness of what was sacrificed in securing her punishment in this way.
It won't be dealt with now, there is no retrospective law, but you can't allow things like that spear tackle to happen in the game.
We believe the OSR is seeking to reassess royalty amounts based on retrospective laws as well as levy interest in excess of market rates on the disputed amounts.
Chidambaram had promised a break from the past and inspired confidence among foreign institutional investors ( FIIs), particularly after his decisions to delay implementation of GR ( General Anti- Avoidance Rules) to 2016, order a review of retrospective laws and outline a non- adversarial and stable tax regime.
The tribunals apply retrospective laws with hand-picked military judges presiding over hand-picked military juries, admit "coerced" (i.
We must have retrospective laws to cover those convicted before the introduction of the sex offenders register and new parole conditions.
The Temporality of Justice: Between Retrospective Laws and Prospective Politics: The retrospectivity of laws and the temporality of justice in post-communist Central Europe
But retrospective laws could be open to a legal challenge.
Citing that retrospective laws would impair contractual obligations and are constitutionally prohibitive, the court affirmed that enforcement of Proposition A cannot invalidate agreements reached by parties to the bond issue.
They can't bring in retrospective laws to go after the huge pensions and bonuses of former bank bosses yet they can put a levy on workers' money built up over maybe 40 years.