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REFORM. To reorganize; to rearrange as, the jury "shall be reformed by putting to and taking out of the persons so impanelled." Stat. 3 H. VIII. c. 12; Bac. Ab. Juries, A.
     2. To reform an instrument in equity, is to make a decree that a deed or other agreement shall be made or construed as it was originally intended by the parties, when an error or mistake as to a fact has been committed. A contract has been reformed, although the party applying to the court was in the legal profession, and he himself drew the contract, it appearing clear that it was framed so as to admit of a construction inconsistent with the true agreement of the parties. 1 Sim. & Stu. 210; 3 Russ. R. 424. But a contract will not be reformed in consequence of an error of law. 1 Russ. & M. 418; 1 Chit. Pr. 124.

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com that in other countries with a reformative justice system, some crimes carry penalties of community service instead of imprisonment.
"Under the program, these children will be provided with reformative care and reintegrated interventions like education, counselling, and values formation, talent and skills development, livelihood and entrepreneurship training," Aquino said, as he sees the project as one of the measures to prevent juvenile delinquency.
He has tried to become reformative," said the bench, adding that he can be reformed and rehabilitated.
My stance was that the meaning is in the name; reformative, meaning "make changes in (something, especially an institution or practice) in order to improve it."
In this backdrop it is also worth mentioning that government has also taken may reformative measures to bring positive changes in the existing system of examination from time to time.
The pace of his reformative measures is quite alarming and needs reconsideration since a country like Saudi Arabia can ill afford an Arab Spring that could bring to the country nothing but instability and unsteadiness.
These substantial figures, coupled with a re-conviction rate of over 80% and the damning report that not a single young offender institution in the entire country was safe (from which might be concluded that reformative influences within such a setting would be minimal) reinforce a view that all the criminal justice agencies within North Wales, including the courts, should seek to drive down the custody rates for young people.
He added that the Public Prosecution, while stressing this, is also fully aware of respect for freedom of opinion and protection of its legitimate immunity which is enriched its giving and constructive criticism at "National, Scientific, Educational and Intellectual" levels, thus the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has had with all these "Sincere" "Conscious" and "Bold" contributions, a global presence classified among the first pioneers in its enlightened competitiveness and interaction, in line with the reformative and civilized approach, and that every sincere one will not accept abusing those gains, both at the level of confiscation of their legitimate freedom, or deviation from their path of awareness and discipline.
His Highness Shaikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, has ordered the release of 119 prisoners who had proven good conduct while serving their terms in the punitive and reformative institutions in the emirate.
Meanwhile, HH Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla,Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, has also ordered the release of a number of prisoners from the punitive and reformative institutions in the emirate on the occasion of the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.
Cameron to HM the King: I praise your reformative leadership.
Kiran Bedi, joined the Indian Police Service in 1972 and her expertise includes more than 35 years of creative and reformative policing and prison management.