The Government and people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas congratulate the Government and people of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on seventy-two (72) years of nationhood. By responding the way he did, the premier made it clear that concepts like democracy, rule of law and human rights, which are sometimes labeled as bourgeois and unsuitable for socialist China, are actually universal values, or, in the words of the premier, “common achievements of human civilizations”. Firms and individual practitioners should note the need to distinguish their professional obligations of confidentiality from the concept of legal professional privilege. Legal professional privilege can only be waived by the client (and not the firm). In brief terms, confidential information may be disclosed where it is appropriate to do so but privilege is absolute, and privileged information cannot therefore be disclosed. Confidential communications between lawyers and clients for the purpose of obtaining and giving legal advice are privileged. If you are considering whether to disclose information your first question may be whether it is privileged or simply confidential. If you are charged, you will be asked to appear before a magistrates’ court. This is where less serious offences (for example, minor criminal damage, or speeding offences) are tried. There is no jury at a magistrates’ court. Although there are fundamental differences between the two systems of justice, both common law and civil law have become global legal traditions that continue to effectively shape the justice systems of hundreds of countries. Both affect how business is conducted within a specific jurisdiction. Both affect how international business is carried out. The timing and speed of implementation of transition-related economic reforms varied considerably across the successor states of Yugoslavia, to a great extent determined by the very different political conditions in each country in the early 1990s. Slovenia proceeded faster than the other countries. The events accompanying the break-up of Yugoslavia had a less profound impact on Slovenia than on the other countries: the 1991 intervention of the federal Yugoslav army aimed at preventing the republic’s secession was of very short duration. Although Slovenia was also affected by the loss of a common market and the disruption of trade flows, the effects were relatively quickly absorbed. In most other Yugoslav successor states, on the contrary, involvement in the military conflicts of the 1990s had lasted longer and has had much deeper economic consequences. Complaint : A legal document that tells the court what you want, and is served with a summons on the defendant to begin the case.