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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Paul Gardner Bougaard, head of the Resort Development Organisation (RDO) is quoted as saying "If owners are suddenly all able to surrender their timeshares, then it could make many resort operators unviable and the whole industry could just implode" adding "If there was retrospective legislation then huge numbers of people might suddenly all exit resorts set up in the 1980s boom time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Her husband Jim Sillars has called on Alex Salmond's government - "or a bold backbencher" - to introduce retrospective legislation to indict the former prime minister for war crimes.
Her husband Jim Sillars, another former SNP deputy leader, has called on "Alex Salmond's government or a bold backbencher" to "introduce retrospective legislation to indict the former prime minister on war crimes.
It was clear from the speech that the Chancellor would introduce retrospective legislation if individuals used loopholes to circumvent the new rules.