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  1. News - China - LAW

    Bail for accused ivory buyer was legal, county officials say

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 04:12pm by MANDY ZUO

    ... the report said.  Under mainland law, the latter crime carries a minimum of five years in jail, while the punishment for the former no more than five years. No trial has been announced, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1486841/bail-accused-ivory-buyer-was-legal-county-officials-say
  2. News - China - LAW

    Retired security tsar Zhou Yongkang's son Zhou Bin faces trial, seeks lawyer

    Posted Jan 10th 2014, 03:57am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Zhou Bin, elder son of retired senior leader, is being detained to face possible bribery charges Lawyers sought as trial looms for Zhou's son The elder son of retired ... to lawyers meant he was likely to be brought before a court, and his trial could begin soon. "The top leaders want the cases surrounding Zhou Yongkang to strictly follow judicial procedures, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1401807/retired-security-tsar-zhou-yongkangs-son-zhou-bin-faces-trial-seeks
  3. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Harsh government test denying needy legal aid, Bar Association says

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by Austin Chiu

    ... to a fanciful, chance of the court at trial deciding that issue of fact in his favour'." The judge also noted that the department, instead of admitting it had applied a wrong test, had claimed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1466518/harsh-government-test-denying-needy-legal-aid-bar-association-says
  4. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Reporters denied access to court documents after blanket ban

    Posted Jan 03rd 2014, 03:59am by Austin Chiu

    ... "Documents for criminal cases cannot be obtained," a registry employee said. A case in point is the criminal trial of fung shui master Peter Chan Chun-chuen, previously known as Tony, who was jailed in July for 12 years for forging a will of late billionaire Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum. During the trial, an expert testifying for Chan said the small amount of DNA he found on the document, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1396082/reporters-denied-access-court-documents-after-blanket-ban
  5. News - China Insider - LAW

    Beijing courts hear appeals in two landmark cases

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 01:50pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... has not said whether Li will plead guilty. The trial has highlighted the privileged treatment often reserved for the offspring of senior officials in China. Both of Li’s parents are well-known ... and slammed her to the ground in Daxing on the outskirts of Beijing. Han had just been released from prison last year, where he was serving a life sentence on theft charges. The trial led to national ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1360130/beijing-courts-hear-appeals-two-landmark-cases
  6. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Hong Kong courts lag behind in granting open access to legal documents

    Posted Jan 02nd 2014, 12:04pm by Austin Chiu

    ... in both civil and criminal cases, she said. Hui said that while judges and lawyers might have weeks and months to pore through the evidence and legal submissions before a trial, journalists rarely had that luxury. “Very often, a court reporter will have to figure out from scratch what a case is about after a few hours of attending a trial. This could put journalists entirely ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1395735/hong-kong-courts-lag-behind-granting-open-access-legal-documents
  7. News - China - LAW

    New Chinese court rules back 'people's war' against makers of unsafe food

    Posted Jan 10th 2014, 04:17am by Keith Zhai, Zhuang Pinghui

    ... 2010 and 2012, accounting for 6 per cent of consumer rights cases, the court said. Zhang Yongjian, the presiding judge of Civil Trial Court No1 of the Supreme People's Court, said few ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1401789/new-chinese-court-rules-back-peoples-war-against-makers-unsafe-food
  8. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    UK barrister Anthony Lester calls for legal test case to protect free speech

    Posted Oct 22nd 2013, 04:32am by Austin Chiu

    ... in the public interest. And he called into question trial by jury in defamation cases, which he said would impede settlements and ramp up costs. The UK reform includes a "serious harm" test ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1336852/uk-barrister-anthony-lester-calls-legal-test-case-protect-free-speech
  9. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Courts in the dark ages when it comes to communications, say experts

    Posted Aug 08th 2013, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... fee and only limited documents are available. Those relating to criminal trials and subsequent appeals, apart from the judgments, are all kept out of public sight. "Court files of public proceedings should be available to the public and especially the press, not only after the trial but also when the trial is going on," Weisenhaus said. In US federal courts, the media typically ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1295073/courts-dark-ages-when-it-comes-communications-say-experts
  10. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Justice at risk from excessive workload, says Kevin Zervos

    Posted Aug 20th 2013, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Court building is packed with judges already … the judiciary should address the space issue," he said. In the report, Zervos noted more trials were being conducted in Chinese, which he said was "expected and applauded". He said serious difficulties would arise when addressing legal issues and arguments that were in English in a trial conducted in Chinese. Additional reporting by Julie ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1297966/justice-risk-excessive-workload-says-kevin-zervos

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