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  1. Rio Tinto four must be given an open trial

    Posted Feb 16th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Canberra has rightly called for an open and quick hearing for Australian citizen Stern Hu, Rio Tinto's head of iron ore business in China. It is good that the authorities have finally decided ... except for the secrecy that has shrouded the case. They were detained at a low point in bilateral relations, after China had been rebuffed in bargaining for a lower iron ore price ...

  2. Open information law will be overhauled, judge says

    Posted Nov 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... office, was quoted in mainland media as saying the Regulations on Open Government Information were being revised to give clarification on matters that were forming a barrier to the release ... approach' to the use of the 'stability' get-out clause, and it must not be used as an 'excuse'. China Youth Daily reported that 'insufficient public transparency' about ...

  3. Top court urged to raise openness

    Posted Jul 16th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... available to concerned parties and the public, and courts sticking to open trials, except in specified cases, are all basic but important elements promised in law but rarely practised. Mainland ...

  4. Open to abuse

    Posted Aug 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kong courts, including those made by a serving or former head of state. Holding that our immunity law must align with mainland China's, the decision sends a message to the world ... and international criticism of the visit. Bashir is wanted by the ICC for alleged war crimes relating to atrocities in Darfur. China, however, is not a signatory to the Rome Statute that established ...

  5. Open to debate

    Posted Sep 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... and six laymen to decide both guilt and punishment. Even some courts in mainland China, which has long authorised one or two Soviet-style 'people's assessors' to join judges ... participation has given new importance to open court hearings and strengthened their adversarial nature. Especially valuable for defence counsel is the chance to cross-examine prosecution witnesses ...

  6. Chief justice hails rule of law at opening of conference

    Posted Apr 07th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... jurisdiction had hosted the conference. It represented a recognition of the successful implementation of 'one country, two systems', he told the conference opening ceremony at the Convention ... speech had 'occurred in a different era'. 'At that time, China was in the early years of modernisation... In September 1983, we were in the midst of the Sino-British negotiations ...

  7. Community service pilot plan opens in Beijing

    Posted Jul 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Duan Zhengkun, was quoted as saying that Beijing was chosen to launch the trial in the hope that the capital's experience would set a precedent for other parts of China. Liu Chongshun, ...

  8. Open death-sentence appeals begin today

    Posted Jul 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Irene Wang All death-sentence appeals will be taped and heard in open court from today in the Supreme Court's latest move to cut the number of executions. There are no official figures, but thousands of people are thought to be executed on the mainland each year. And analysts say the insistence on open trials in capital cases has been linked to a series of high-profile ...

  9. Legal options abound as law school opens

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Jessica Caplan

    ... Chinese University's School of Law will admit its first students this autumn. Opening a law school has been a long aspiration of the university, according to Ling Bing, a professor ... in China business, aimed at giving students a firm grasp of the legal ins and outs of conducting business in China, and a master's degree in common law, intended for students seeking to expand ...

  10. Judge opens chambers hearings to the public

    Posted Jun 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... much as possible.' The working party's report was released at the time of a South China Morning Post campaign for open justice. The judiciary considered making changes to the law ... Ravina Shamdasani Civil legal proceedings held in chambers in the High Court, District Court, Family Court and Lands Tribunal will be open to the public and press from next month- ...




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