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  1. HK lawmaker joins outcry over British race-case charges

    Posted Aug 10th 2003, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... for damage to the shop, which now has all its windows broken. His case has prompted an outcry in Britain's Chinese community, with several Chinese councillors, groups and individuals having written to the government and police regarding the case. Hong Kong legislator Leung Yiu-chung met Mr Wong on a trip to England a few months ago and has written to the British authorities to demand ...

  2. 'Not guilty' plea in killer crash case

    Posted Jul 01st 2003, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... A Korean woman who crashed her car killing a five-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of dangerous driving causing death. Park Myung-hwa, who appeared in Eastern Court before acting principal magistrate David Duft ...

  3. Three cases of snooping every day

    Posted Feb 28th 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... on or used hidden surveillance devices in 348 cases in the last three months of last year, an average of more than three cases a day. But the figures do not reveal how many people were spied on in each case or how long surveillance lasted. Legislative Council security panel chairman James To Kun-sun said the true extent of covert surveillance may be much larger. The long-awaited figures ...

  4. Top court set to hear snooping case

    Posted May 11th 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... The government, meanwhile, appealed against the unconstitutionality decision. Mr Leung yesterday vowed to take the case to the highest court, saying it was a matter of defending the civil rights of Hong ... the case to the Court of Final Appeal. A Security Bureau spokesman welcomed the judgment in respect of the temporary validity of the present arrangement. He said the judgment would 'in no way ...

  5. Aid for torture victims precedes court case

    Posted Apr 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani Three days before a judicial review into its obligations towards two torture plaintiff families, the government set up a scheme to assist such groups. The move prompted one lawyer to remark yesterday to the High Court on the administrati ...

  6. Ombudsman cases leap since handover

    Posted Dec 15th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... to meet its performance pledge of concluding 60 per cent of cases within three months and the remaining 40 per cent in three to six months. Only 43.3 per cent of cases last year were concluded ...

  7. Top court flooded with cases since handover

    Posted Apr 15th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani The Court of Final Appeal has handled more than five times as many criminal cases since the handover than the Privy Council dealt with in the same length of time before mid-1997, the director of public prosecutions noted yesterday. Grenville Cross said the increase in cases was testing the resources of the prosecutions division of the Department of Justice. ...

  8. Legal Aid Department faces probe

    Posted Apr 08th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... into the department. Acting on complaints from recipients about legal aid delays and the monitoring of cases, the watchdog is to look into arrangements for assigning cases, the mechanism for monitoring the progress of cases, the enforcement of court orders and the system for evaluating the performance of assigned lawyers. The performance of lawyers assigned by the Legal Aid Department ...

  9. Receiver's Office gets a rap on the knuckles

    Posted Jan 21st 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani The ombudsman yesterday called on the Official Receiver's Office to improve its monitoring of cases after one complainant was revealed to have waited about 17 months for action on a case only to be asked to make a fresh petition. The complainant reported to the Official Receiver in November 2002 that a bankrupt woman had dishonestly borrowed money from him. He ...

  10. Solicitors rail at legal-aid pay of $100 an hour

    Posted Feb 21st 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... low pay for legal-aid criminal cases. Solicitors told the South China Morning Post of a case in which lawyers with more than 10 years' experience were effectively paid little more than $100 an hour for 137 hours spent on a complex commercial crime case- compared with at least $3,600 an hour they could earn on a private brief. In another case, a solicitor spent $3,600 buying ...




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