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Good Governance and the Didam Arrest: Implications for Sint Maarten

Dear Editor, When discussing good governance, many typically think of government and governmental organizations. Several scientific definitions could be cited, but in daily life, it boils down to a few principles. Good governance encompasses transparency, accountability, responsibility, and the rule of law. For government and its subsidiaries, this More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, September 11th, 2023
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St. Maarten’s judicial professions calling for urgent update legal system

In the light of recent revelations during the installation ceremony of the new Judge Gerben Drenth, it is apparent that the legal system in St. Maarten is in dire need of a comprehensive review and overhaul. With More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
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Acting Governor Groeneveldt unexpectedly passes away

PHILIPSBURG — Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. News of his passing soon spread quickly throughout the legal community on the island. “With his passing, More...

By The Publisher On Monday, May 16th, 2022
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Supreme Court-ruling sheds more light on prescriptive rights

PHILIPSBURG — A five-year-old ruling from the Supreme Court about a land dispute between a family and the municipality of Heusden sheds some more light on the intricacies of prescriptive rights. The ruling, More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, April 14th, 2022
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Round table debate about Kingdom Charter: “Not correct to state that we are still a colony of the Netherlands”

PHILIPSBURG — Next week Tuesday, April 19, the parliamentary committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization organizes a round table panel discussion with four experts about the Kingdom Charter, its More...

By The Publisher On Friday, March 11th, 2022
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A legal review of Prescriptive Rights

A legal review of the issues surrounding Prescriptive Rights by Attorney at Law Mr. Reynold Groeneveldt brought to you by StMaartenNews.com. PRESCRIPTIVE RIGHTS I. Introduction: By means of the procedure of Prescriptive More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
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Is the Constitutional Court such a good idea?

By Hilbert Haar St. Maarten’s judicial system contains a unique institution: the Constitutional Court. No other country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands has such a court. Is that good or bad? First of all it More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
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Corstens pleads for judicial reform in the Netherlands

PHILIPSBURG — The Dutch judicial system could do with a makeover that had the potential to spill over to St. Maarten. Geert Corstens, a former President of the Supreme Court in The Hague made the suggestion More...

By The Publisher On Friday, March 19th, 2021
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A closer look at the rules for suspending parliamentarians

PHILIPSBURG — On February 19, 2019, Theo Heyliger, then a member of parliament for the United Democrats party (UD) was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from construction companies. The Public Prosecutor More...

By The Publisher On Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Electoral reform: the Lynch-law under review – part 2/2

~ Curacao sticks to system that favors position on candidate-list ~ PHILIPSBURG – St. Maarten’s current electoral law – oft referred to as the Lynch-law after its architect – determines that candidates More...