NationStates Jolt Archive

Fundamental problem with the Common Sense Act.

11-09-2003, 05:44
A great deal of criticism has been levelled at the Common Sense Act since it came to vote, and rightly so. Unfortunatly, most criticism thus far has been focussed on details: that the act is too broad, that it's not broad enough, etc. The real fundamental problem with this act has been ignored.
It will not work.
You can't reduce legal clutter by introducing more laws. That should be painfully obvious.
If this act passes, people will still file as many lawsuits, only now there will be a whole other complicated approval stage, requiring more paperwork, more lawyers, more clogged courts, and more wasted taxpayer money.
Allow me to point to the real world for a moment. Currently, 94% of all lawsuits in the world are filed in the United States of America. Is this because all other developed nations have "Common Sense" Acts. No. In fact, because of the prevalence of lawsuits in the US, they probably have more legislation about lawsuits than anyone else.
The fact is, the proliferation of stupid litigation has very little to do with laws, and everything to do with the culture and attitudes of the populace. The only way to effectively reduce these lawsuits is to promote a culture of common sense and personal responsability.

Thank you,

The Right Honourable
Martin Cirillo
Governour General of Mellonesia
11-09-2003, 08:10
Another thing:

I recently recieved a telegram that brough to my attention the following.

1. This resolution is beond the UN's mandate. The UN is authorised to affect laws governing the INTERACTION BETWEEN NATIONS not effect laws changing the INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF A NATION.

2. In a related topic, any nation not happy with it's legal system can change it themselves.

3. AS the above shows, a nations legal systems does not effect another nation. So why is this resolution even relevent.
11-09-2003, 09:39
Well yes, I suppose that's an even more fundamental problem...
11-09-2003, 10:32
The resolution may be no good, it may cause more problems than it solves. However if it is passed then it will apply to every nation in the UN or any nation joining the UN after it has been passed (I believe I am reading things right with that)

The only way to stop the resolution is to vote against it...

Tosay's spokeslamb for Nebbyland
11-09-2003, 13:39
There are to many threads on this topic. Please use one of the open and ongoing threads please.

Thank You.

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