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  1. Appeal court cuts sentences for deadly ship crash

    Posted Dec 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... and Tang's convictions could be referred to the Court of Final Appeal. Stock agreed there were points of great and general importance which should be considered by Hong Kong's highest appeal ... McGowan, for Kulemesin, said it was not unusual for the Court of Final Appeal to take an opposing view to lower courts' decisions. If this was true in the Neftegaz-Yao Hai case 'it seems ...

  2. Citizens' Radio makes it to top court

    Posted Sep 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com Four pan-democratic lawmakers have been granted permission to challenge in the Court of Final Appeal their convictions for broadcasting on an unlicensed radio ... of constitutionality.' The date for the Court of Final Appeal hearing will be fixed later. The decision allows Szeto, who died in January, to continue to be one of the appellants. Citizens' Radio has faced ...

  3. Top court's time is being wasted

    Posted Nov 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The Court of Final Appeal has a unique constitutional role. Vested with the power of final adjudication in cases, it is the ultimate guardian of justice and a pillar of Hong Kong's ... it to the top court. At present, the law gives an automatic right for civil appeals to go there if the dispute involves HKS1 million or more. This is a development of the system which existed before ...

  4. Final ruling in Congo case toes the line

    Posted Sep 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chris Ip chris.ip@scmp.com The landmark 'Congo case', which in deciding Hong Kong's policy on state immunity triggered the first court request to Beijing for a Basic Law interpretation, has finally ended. The Court of Final Appeal yesterday handed down its final judgment in the case, confirming a provisional ruling in June that a state's commercial activities ...

  5. Chief justice faces more than legal challenges

    Posted Apr 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kui-nung as his replacement as Chief Judge of the High Court. But this is only one piece of the giant jigsaw puzzle that Ma must piece together, for Cheung's expected promotion merely begins another search for a new judge to replace him in charge of the constitutional and administrative cases at the Court of First Instance. Such decisions may not attract the same publicity as landmark ...

  6. Judge calls for axing of HK$1m appeals trigger

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Man joyce.hkman@scmp.com A top judge called yesterday for the abolition of a clause under which civil disputes can reach the Court of Final Appeal if they involve claims of HK$1 ... said. The judge was writing in a judgment on a civil case handed down yesterday. The clause was heavily criticised by him and five other Court of Final Appeal judges in two judgments handed down ...

  7. Why hurdle to maids' abode fell

    Posted Oct 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of such an interpretation. The Court of Final Appeal confirmed this in the abode case of Lau Kong-yung, on which it ruled after the Standing Committee gave its interpretation of the Basic Law in June 1999. ... Committee. In elaborating on the legal principles the courts relied on in interpreting the Basic Law, Judge Lam followed the ruling made by the Court of Final Appeal in a 2001 abode case, Director ...

  8. Farmer jailed for burning flag

    Posted Sep 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in the middle, inked out the stars and written on it the Chinese character for 'shame'. They were initially bound over by the magistrate's court but the Court of Appeal later ruled that the law was unconstitutional and overturned the conviction. But in the Court of Final Appeal, then chief justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang reinstated the sentence, ruling that the legislation imposed ...

  9. All city's top judges 'considered quitting'

    Posted Sep 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... according to a US diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks. Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary (pictured) told the US consulate in 2007 that he and other four judges of the Court of Final Appeal ... of the Court of Final Appeal who made the landmark ruling in 1999 were Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang, Mr Justice Henry Litton, Mr Justice Charles Ching and Sir Anthony Mason. Ching died in 2000. ...

  10. Legal experts divided on state immunity issue

    Posted Jun 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the so-called Congo case, has prompted Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal to ask Beijing- for the first time- to interpret the Basic Law. It will now be up to the National People's Congress ... Standing Committee lacked a basis to make a decision. 'The four questions asked by the Court of Final Appeal surrounded the interpretation of the wordings in articles 13 and 19 of the Basic ...




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