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  1. 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 ...

  2. Rule of law's health a matter of interpretation

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... on the judicial independence of Hong Kong. As Sir Anthony Mason, a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal and former chief justice of the High Court of Australia, summed up in an article last ... court. In January that year, the Court of Final Appeal ruled against the government, holding that many more people were entitled to the right of abode than the government claimed. More ...

  3. Court's liberal voice revered for dissent

    Posted Apr 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the Court of Final Appeal by his colleagues in the legal profession, he has also been in the public eye. Indeed, Bokhary has made headlines for his pithy wisdom, his threat to resign, as revealed ... he joined the first cohort of Court of Final Appeal judges, tasked with building its authority under the Basic Law (the city's new mini-constitution), and maintaining Hong Kong's ...

  4. They fought the law: key battlegrounds over the past decade

    Posted May 21st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... transmissions via the Citizens Radio between August and October last year. The six face 14 charges. The hearing has been adjourned to July 31 March 2007 The Court of Final Appeal rejects a government request to hear an appeal into the quashing of the convictions of Leung Kwok-hung and four other activists, found guilty in Eastern Court in March last year of obstructing a public place. ...

  5. Time is of the essence

    Posted Apr 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... volition, at the request of the State Council on behalf of the Hong Kong government, or at the behest of the Court of Final Appeal. Since an interpretation is provided for in the Basic Law, ... of Final Appeal would be required to refer Article 53 (2) of the Basic Law, which concerns the tenure of the chief executive, to the National People's Congress Standing Committee ...

  6. 'Amend HK law to deny babies abode'

    Posted Jul 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Wang said at the launch of a series of books on the Basic Law yesterday. 'Amending local legislation is a possible way.' At the heart of the debate is a Court of Final Appeal ruling ... and trigger a judicial review- giving a chance for the Court of Final Appeal to overturn its own 2001 ruling. Professor Johannes Chan Man-mun, dean of law at the University of Hong Kong, said ...

  7. Who stays?

    Posted May 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... children born after at least one parent was a Hong Kong permanent resident had the right of abode. But, in 1999, the Court of Final Appeal decided, on common-law principles, that the Basic Law ... residents were excluded. Despite this, the Court of Final Appeal, when dealing in 2001 with the rights of children born in Hong Kong to mainland mothers, decided not to apply the committee's ...

  8. When political change challenges our courts

    Posted Apr 14th 2007, 12:00am by Richard Cullen

    ... Richard Cullen Hong Kong's post-1997 Court of Final Appeal is widely regarded as having done an excellent job. In 1999, it seized the initiative with the right- of-abode litigation: ... Law. The Court of Final Appeal 'took cover' for a time- wisely, perhaps. But, in a year or so, it was able to get back into its stride. Once more, few disagreed with the view ...

  9. Retirement of liberal judge raises fears for our core values

    Posted Apr 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The biggest difference between a permanent and a non-permanent judge in the Court of Final Appeal is that the former must hear all appeal cases. Non-permanent judges have only rotating duties. We ... permanent judges to the Court of Final Appeal attracted extensive political debate and opposition from the pro-Beijing camp, which feared the objective was to protect Britain's political ...

  10. Beijing best to end birth row, Elsie Leung says

    Posted Mar 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... prominence in 2001 when the Court of Final Appeal ruled that Chong Fung-yuen be given permanent residency regardless of the status of his mainland parents. The ruling contradicted the NPC's 1999 ... to deny residency to mainland babies to trigger judicial reviews [that would bring the issue back before the courts]'. 'The Court of Final Appeal would not dare to overturn its previous ...




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