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  1. High Court's Geoffrey Ma tipped as next top judge

    Posted Feb 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of Final Appeal's Roberto Ribeiro, High Court judge Louis Tong Po-sun, former Bar chairman Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung SC, former Law Society president Michael Lintern-Smith and three laypeople. ... was appointed a judge of the Court of First Instance in 2001 and elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2002. Some barristers have said they believe Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung would prefer ...

  2. Lawmakers voice doubts over dual role for judges

    Posted May 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... court judges also serving as non-permanent judges of the Court of Final Appeal. At a subcommittee meeting to scrutinise appointments to the top court, lawmakers raised no questions over Ma, ... as non-permanent judges of the Court of Final Appeal. However, Ronny Tong Ka-wah and Audrey Eu Yuet-mee expressed grave reservations over having judges sitting in the Court of Final Appeal when ...

  3. 'No overseas dilution intended'

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

    ... Albert Wong Despite the promotion of three local judges as local non-permanent judges of the Court of Final Appeal, the chief justice has stressed they are not intended to dilute the effect of overseas final appeal judges who currently occupy the bench of the top court. On the sidelines of a civil justice reform conference yesterday, Andrew Li Kwok-nang stressed ...

  4. Early departure of chief justice seen as a good test for rule of law

    Posted Mar 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kong's Court of Final Appeal: The Andrew Li Court 1997-2010. The presentations will be compiled in book form later. Presentations were given yesterday on the increasingly high regard in which ... The outcome of those debates was that it is not mandatory for foreign judges to sit in a hearing at the Court of Final Appeal. But under Li, only 9.3 per cent of cases have been heard without ...

  5. New chief justice must rise to the challenge

    Posted Apr 14th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and uphold common law principles. Ma has a heavy responsibility to ensure this continues. He will preside over the Court of Final Appeal. Established as part of the arrangements for the handover, ... is controversial. It has given rise to valid concerns that the step may alter the special character the Court of Final Appeal enjoys as being detached from the lower courts. The top court usually considers ...

  6. Ma takes firm stance on role of courts

    Posted Sep 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the Basic Law in 1999 by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. In 1999, he represented the government in the case, in which the Court of Final Appeal ruled any Chinese ... of that ruling. Ma's involvement in the case, the very first involving Basic Law issues to reach the Court of Final Appeal, as well as subsequent cases that debated the effect of the Standing ...

  7. Court of opinion

    Posted Aug 16th 2010, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... believes Bokhary's influential uncles, Court of Final Appeal judge Kemal Bokhary and executive councillor Ronald Arculli, applied pressure on the judge to go easy on their niece. What's ... of the government. Public outrage has forced his department to appeal against magistrate Anthony Yuen Wai-ming's soft treatment of Bokhary. But how does that reverse the belief that our courts ...

  8. Outgoing chief justice dons robes a final time

    Posted Jul 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... as a 'son of Hong Kong' called to duty in historic times. Lawyers, judges and members of the public attended a ceremonial farewell sitting at the Court of Final Appeal yesterday as Hong ... tribute to Li and his achievements- in particular the foundation of the Court of Final Appeal and Li's dedication to nurturing talent and inspiring others to serve the community. Secretary ...

  9. Divorced men fight equal split of assets

    Posted Oct 19th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... involve divorces in which the wives won much larger settlements after appealing against the amounts they were initially awarded. A lawyer for one of the men argued in the Court of Final Appeal yesterday that it was unfair and against Hong Kong practice to rule, as the Court of Appeal did in 2008, that a 50-50 split should be the starting point. That ruling moved away from the previous ...

  10. Pressure on judges, magistrates deplored

    Posted Aug 12th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bokhary of the Court of Final Appeal, to a year's probation on August 2 for slapping a police officer after a car accident in Happy Valley on January 27. The sentence triggered a public ... on probation. The Department of Justice has asked the Court of Appeal to review the sentence for assault and refusing to give a breath sample after an accident. The joint statement read: 'Whilst ...




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