A court

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 January, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 January, 1999, 12:00am

I refer to Tim Hamlett's Sunday Morning Post column of December 27 headlined, 'When is a court not a court? When it's a tribunal' At the beginning of the article, Mr Hamlett wrote, 'After all, the Judiciary is responsible for the Labour Tribunal, which does not seem to consider itself a court.' This is not the case. The Labour Tribunal is by law a court. I quote from Section 3(1) of the Labour Tribunal Ordinance: 'There is hereby established a tribunal to be known as the Labour Tribunal which shall be a court of record with such jurisdiction and powers as are conferred on it by this and any other Ordinance.' Mr Hamlett also referred to the Judiciary as a government department. It is not a government department.

BELINDA HUI Principal Information Officer Judiciary