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  1. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    No need for independent legal aid service, say advisers in U-turn

    Posted May 13th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Council now says government has not been found to be interfering in the service Advisers make U-turn on legal aid The legal aid service should remain in the hands of the government, according to an official advisory body that has backtracked on a recommendation it made 15 years ago to set up an independent legal aid authority. The Legal Aid ...

  2. Lawyers call for shake-up of legal aid

    Posted Mar 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the legal aid system. Legal aid is relatively new to the mainland. While forms of governmental or charitable assistance to the needy have always existed, it wasn't until 2003 that a formal legal aid system was set up. But the assistance remains basic: legal aid is a last resort. It is available to two categories of people: those who are too poor to apply for social welfare ...

  3. Legal aid to cover minibonds cases

    Posted Mar 29th 2011, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng The legal aid scheme will be extended to cover money claims in derivative investment products such as Lehman Brothers minibonds- but few investors are likely to benefit because the only people with assets of HK$260,000 or less can apply. The supplementary legal aid scheme, designed for those with assets over HK$1.3 million, will not be extended for the purpose, ...

  4. Flat buyers to get legal aid to sue developers

    Posted Mar 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Ada Lee, Joyce Ng, Paggie Leung

    ... Ada Lee, Joyce Ng and Paggie Leung Flat buyers will soon be able to take developers to court with help from the government's Legal Aid Scheme. The plan forms part of a proposed expansion of the scheme, to be funded by a HK$100 million cash injection from the government. The proposal by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Legal Aid Department covers the sale of new homes ...

  5. Lawyers offer rare praise for government on legal aid reform

    Posted Oct 20th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man The government- accused recently of dragging its feet on legal aid reform- has 'at least' shown goodwill by promising to allocate HK$100 million to expand the Supplementary Legal Aid Scheme, the head of a Bar Association committee said. The barristers' body was commenting on the announcement in last week's policy address that the scheme ...

  6. The key to providing a level legal playing field

    Posted Dec 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In his annual reception for new foreign and mainland investors in June, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen spoke of Hong Kong's 'pretty appealing advantages' for investors. The first of these that Tsang chose to highlight was 'the r ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Lawyer bodies call for independent legal aid authority

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Lawyers say government department lacks independence and fails to meet public's needs Legal aid shake-up urged The city's law associations have reiterated their longstanding call for an independent legal aid authority to replace the government department that administers legal aid, saying it would give the public easier access to justice. ...

  8. Government told asylum plan needs improving

    Posted Sep 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong Lawyers and lawmakers have warned that a government-proposed mechanism to screen asylum seekers who claim they face torture if sent home is doomed to fail unless improvements are made across the board. Hong Kong's two legal professional b ...

  9. Shenzhen works on first 'Good Samaritan law'

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... be entitled to government compensation. Rescuers would also be able to apply for legal aid if they are sued, and witnesses who testify about a rescue would receive rewards. The mainland has laws ...

  10. Wang Lijun's top aide resigns, may face probe

    Posted May 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com A senior police officer who was a top aide to former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun and reportedly helped Wang flee the southwestern municipality early this year resigned last week, sources in Chongqing say. 'Wang Pengfei tendered his resignation last week as director of Yubei district Public Security Bureau and it was approved almost ...




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