ex post facto law

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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.
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National must categorically rule out using retrospective legislation to override the Supreme Courts decision that the land swap of conservation land flooded by the proposed Ruataniwha Dam was illegal, says Labours Shadow Attorney General David Parker.
He said he planned to discuss with Schulz how he is pressing the British government to "state unequivocally that no retrospective legislation will ever be introduced that curtails the rights of EU nationals currently working in London.
And the Government is wasting more money taking this to the Supreme Court while they draft retrospective legislation.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley acknowledged the sovereign right of the government to undertake retrospective legislation during his budget presentation, stressing that this power has to be exercised with extreme caution and judiciously, keeping in mind the impact of such measures on the economy and the overall investment climate.
e Department for Work and Pensions (DWP DW ) brought in emergency retrospective legislation to stop payouts after regulations governing the schemes were found to be legally PSawed in an earlier decision by top judges.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) brought in emergency retrospective legislation to stop payouts after regulations governing the schemes were found to be legally flawed in an earlier decision by top judges.
But the government responded by announcing retrospective legislation that would change the rules.
There is no bar to parliament passing retrospective legislation.
The only known case of an allegation of corruption happens to be a former LNP member who donated to the LNP and will not be subject to retrospective legislation," Queensland Council of Unions' general secretary, Ron Monaghan, said.
Instead, he voted against retrospective legislation tabled by the coalition in a frantic response to a ruling by a (http://www.
Additional questions may be thought to arise from retrospective legislation of that kind--not least the questions that may arise from what can be seen to be the potential destruction, or degradation, of longstanding rights.
TEI agrees with this approach, including the Report's conclusion that retrospective legislation is appropriate, in general, only to "clarify" existing law or to address highly abusive tax schemes.