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  1. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Harsh government test denying needy legal aid, Bar Association says

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

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com 'Harsh government test' denying needy legal aid The Legal Aid Department has been using an erroneously harsh test to vet applications for civil ... Ordinance, which states an applicant should show "reasonable grounds" for taking or defending a civil action. By reasonable grounds, the department requires the applicant's case ...

  2. News - China - LAW

    Tougher laws for human trafficking proposal unites Hong Kong's NPC deputies

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 04:58am by Tanna Chong

    ... but leaves buyers largely immune. "The related departments will have to look into the problem and give us a reply within 90 days," Wong, a first-time NPC deputy, said on Monday. "We ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Former Hong Kong prosecutors defend management of Department of Justice

    Posted Nov 25th 2013, 04:54am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Pair rebut criticisms of management, saying that staff morale was not a problem Former prosecutors back justice department Two former senior prosecution officials have come to the defence of the Department of Justice, which has been embroiled in a row over how much it has done to retain prosecutors and improve their performance. Louisa Lai Nga-man, ...

  4. News - China - LAW

    Mainland China not ready for its own ICAC, analysts say

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 05:00am by Keith Zhai

    ... departments, and anything relating to a power reshuffle in China is a difficult thing." ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Legal adviser to Medical Council departs amid criticism of his earnings

    Posted Nov 07th 2013, 05:07am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Controversial legal adviser was said by medics to earn up to HK$5m a year for part-time role. His replacement will serve a limited term Medical Council's lawyer departs The part-time legal adviser to the Medical Council has resigned after serving for 10 years in the wake of concerns about his fees and performance- while his replacement has ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Former DPP: Justice Department should not take market regulator's prosecuting power

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 05:17am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... Jeffie Lam jeffie.lam@scmp.com Former director of public prosecutions says Justice Department should let regulator handle its cases and instead boost staff morale 'Leave SFC to run its own legal battles' The Justice Department should not take over the prosecuting power of the securities and futures market regulator, says ex-director of public prosecutions Grenville ...

  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

    ... and pharmaceuticals even before any harm is inflicted when new guidelines introduced by a top court come into effect. The 18-clause guidelines on how to handle civil disputes regarding food, drugs, cosmetics ... with an amended consumer protection law- come into effect on March 15, World Consumer Rights Day. More than 13,000 civil cases involving food and drugs were handled by courts across the country between ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Beijing loyalists fault top court's 'dictatorial' style

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 04:14am by Stuart Lau

    ... to step down, he said. The group also criticised Yuen for interfering with their freedom of expression. In a reply to the South China Morning Post, the Department of Justice hit back, stressing ... The department called it Yuen's "constitutional duty". Ma earlier said he saw no threat of abusive attacks. Yesterday, his top court colleague, non-permanent judge Kemal Bokhary, agreed. ...

  9. 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

    ... to in open court in both civil and criminal cases should in general be supplied to the media in line with the open justice principle and decisions by other common law jurisdictions. In Hong Kong, ... important because litigation has become document-based and less intelligible as an unintended side effect of the civil justice reforms implemented in 2009 to enhance efficiency and reduce costs. ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Reporters denied access to court documents after blanket ban

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

    ... the registry. Conversation recorded in the videos could barely be heard in the courtroom, but reporters managed to get hold of the transcripts from the prosecution. For a civil case, documents filed ...




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