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Vietnam house passes three new laws

IP News from duytho.comThe National Assembly has approved three more bills, including the revised law on civil aviation, the first-ever laws on lawyers, and the law on information technology, which will all take effect in the new year.

The Vietnamese legislature on Thursday also ratified the state budget balance of 2004.

During this last week of its six-week session, the NA was scheduled to adopt 10 laws and has passed six so far, but it failed to pass the bill on social insurance Wednesday.

The lawyer law only affects those who have passed the bar, namely having a lawyer’s diploma, a barrister certificate, and joining the bar.

It makes clear that those barristers who practise the profession by themselves are allowed to register for only one transaction in office without authorised seals.

The law bans lawyers from “contacting those who take legal actions, those involved in a legal proceeding, or officials and civil servants to carry out illegal activities in solving the cases.”

It allows foreign laywer bars which respect the Vietnamese Constitution and laws to operate in Vietnam according to the newly-approved law.

The lawyer law comprises of nine chapters with 94 articles.

The Law on Information Technology provides for a number of punishment tools against violations of Intellectual Property rights related to this industry.

Compensation for flight delays

Under the Law on Civil Aviation, in cases of flight delays which are not caused by passengers, air carriers have to apology to passengers and provide them with meals, accommodation, travel costs and other expenditures directly related to passengers’ stay at the airports.

In more serious cases, the carriers have to offer alternative arrangements for passengers, or return money to them for unused tickets, or even pay them compensation.

The law empowers responsible agencies to immediately stop flights over the Vietnamese airspace, demand aircraft to land at airports or temporarily seize the planes in emergency cases for defending the national sovereignty and security.

These decisions will also come into effect immediately and be sent to the aircraft owners or supervisors in case planes flying over the Vietnamese airspace show signs of violating Vietnam’s national sovereignty and security, threatening the safety and security of flights, or being in danger of unsafe practices.

The law, which was revised for the third time, has 10 chapters with 202 articles.

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