Occupational Safety in Korea: Serious Accidents Punishment Act

The Serious Accident Punishment Act (“SAPA”) was passed by the Korean National Assembly and came into effect on January 27, 2022. With the implementation and recent expansion of the SAPA, we encourage all employers to do a comprehensive compliance audit. Some law firms, including this one, have attorneys and staff that can assist your team in doing a comprehensive audit. SAPA has greatly expanded the list of accidents that are applicable and significantly increased the penalties for breaking the law.

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Pending Bill in Korea Aims to Protect Crime Victims’ Identities

Korea has many protections in place to protect the privacy of individuals, however, a concerning issue has come to light, in recent years, regarding the exposure of Korean victims’ identities and addresses during legal proceedings in Korea. Korean lawmakers, reacting to this issue, proposed a bill aimed at safeguarding the personal information of alleged crime victims. The bill has been stuck in legislative limbo for over two years. The Busan Hit-and-Run CaseOne particular incident, widely known as the “Busan hit-and-run

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What Should I do if I Receive a Korean Summons for a Criminal Investigation in Korea?

CAN KOREAN POLICE ISSUE AND ENFORCE A SUMMONS EVEN WHEN THE SUSPECT RESIDES ABROAD? Yes. The Korean Criminal Procedure Law applies to foreigners who have committed crimes within Korea as well as those who have committed crimes against residents of Korea while residing outside of Korea. Upon suspicion of a crime, the Korean police and Korean prosecution may move to demand the foreign suspect to attend an investigation in Korea. Thus, typically, the Korean Prosecution Services issues a summons. The

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Beware of these Common Scams in Korea

In South Korea, like in many other countries, there are countless scams intended to trick people into giving away their cash or personal information. People in Korea have to stay alert and aware of the most typical tricks played by scammers or con artists because these scams occur in a variety of forms and are continually growing. If you are a victim of a scam, you are not alone. Please read this article: Are you a Victim of a Scam

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Korean Criminal Record Checks

We assist expats who have lived in Korea with Korean Police Clearance Certificates and Korean Criminal Record Check Certificates. The process to obtain these records, in Korea, is regrettably not so easy in many cases, because of a new Korean Law. Why is a Criminal Record Check needed? A criminal record check in Korea is typically required for some jobs, including teaching positions, as proof that the applicant did not commit any crimes while in Korea. It is also required

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IPG Legal Thwarts the Korean Government’s Attempt to Extradite an American Former Service Member to South Korea

IPG Legal won a release for an American national in an extradition case pending in a U.S. Federal Court by obtaining the Re-Opening of a Finalized Judgment in Korea and obtaining the release of the American national on bail. The American Defendant was held in a jail in America for over seven months until retention of IPG Legal and Hayes & Simon, P.C. in New York City. Sean Hayes argued for the Defendant in a U.S. Federal Court in the United

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Belgian Ambassador’s Wife on Assault Charge: Hiring a Proactive Defense Lawyer in Korea

Criminal assault cases involving members of the foreign community are serious business in Korea. The case of the Belgian Ambassador’s wife highlights the importance of engaging an experienced English-speaking criminal attorney. It was reported, that the Belgian Ambassador was recalled after his wife was caught in a second assault altercation. In May of this year, CCTV emerged of the Belgian Ambassador’s wife, Xiang Xueqiu slapping a shop assistant. Staff at the store believed that Mrs. Xiang may have been shoplifting

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Double Jeopardy Protection in Courts in Korea: Right Not to be Tried in Korea for the Same Crime

The double jeopardy protection afforded by the Korean Constitution in Article 13 is applied in a different manner than in, most, common law nations. The application of Double Jeopardy, in Korea, allows the prosecution to have three chances to obtain a guilty verdict. Double Jeopardy in United States versus in South Korea In the United States, a defendant may not be tried for the same or similar offense, within a specific jurisdiction, when a “conclusion” is made in any court.

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Korean Pretrial Detention: Korean Criminal Law Basics

Korea allows a prosecutor, via approval by a Korean court, the right to hold a defendant pending trial in a criminal case for up to 180 days. The approval by the court in Korea is the granting of a Pretrial Detention Warrant, also, often referred to, in English, as a Korean Arrest Warrant. In most cases, a decision, in a criminal case, must be rendered within 180 days of the time of the detention or the Defendant must be released

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