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  1. Comment - Letters

    Gradually refine legal system to strengthen accountability

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:25am by LETTERS

    ... the independence of the judiciary. I believe that the appeal system assures sufficient judicial accountability. If an individual is aggrieved by the court's decision, he or she can appeal to the upper ... Gradually refine legal system to strengthen accountability For many years, there has been much debate about the possibility of greater judicial transparency in Hong Kong. Instead ...

  2. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Mock trials teach students about Hong Kong's legal system

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 10:36am by Andrea Zavadszky

    ... Andrea Zavadszky life@scmp.com Offering secondary school students court experience is a great way to teach them about our legal system- and the consequences of crime, writes Andrea ... a real-life court experience to secondary school students is a great way to impress upon them the consequences of crime and how the legal system works in our community. The society also offers schools ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    White paper fails with its lopsided view of 'one country, two systems'

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 05:15pm by Simon Young

    ... systems", warts and all. Its presentation is "lopsided", to borrow language from the paper. It overemphasises progress measured in terms of financial figures and shows no awareness ... of the High Court" and then later the "chief justice of the Court of Final Appeal" and "chief judge of the High Court". The reference to the "broadly representative ...

  4. News - World - NEW ZEALAND

    Anger over New Zealand court leniency on Maori king’s son draws fire

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 09:26pm by AFP

    ... New Zealanders were not treated so leniently by the court system. "It is time, perhaps, that judges come back to this planet and recognise that their job is to apply justice equally ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington Court leniency on Maori king's son draws fire New Zealand's courts face criticism after the son of the Maori king escaped conviction on theft ...

  5. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine Supreme Court partially voids Aquino's stimulus package

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 10:45pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg Top court partially voids stimulus package The Philippine Supreme Court yesterday voided parts of President Benigno Aquino's 144 billion peso (HK$25.54 billion) stimulus package in a landmark ruling that may leave him open to lawsuits seeking his impeachment. The court declared as illegal some parts of the president's Disbursement Acceleration Program, which ...

  6. News - Asia - PANAMA

    Panama court frees captain of seized N Korea ship in Cuba arms row

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 03:49pm by AFP

    ... hardware, including two Soviet-era MiG-21 aircraft, air defence systems, missiles and command and control vehicles. The ship's 35-man crew was arrested and the vessel and cargo seized ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - white paper

    Full text: Chinese State Council white paper on ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy in Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 12:25pm

    ... to exercise the power of final adjudication in the region. The judicial system previously practiced in Hong Kong is maintained except for those changes consequent upon the establishment of the Court ... precedents, and the jury system, continue to apply. The courts of the HKSAR have no jurisdiction over acts of state such as defense and foreign affairs. They have jurisdiction over all civil ...


    US patent lawsuits hit record level despite moves in Congress to improve system

    Posted May 14th 2014, 08:55pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington Courts remain jammed with infringement claims despite moves in Congress to improve system US patent lawsuits hit record levels The number of new patent infringement ... of actions last year increased 12.4 per cent from 2012 despite the America Invents Act (AIA), which was the most significant overhaul of the patent system in decades. "If the AIA's ...

  9. News - China - LAW

    Chinese court hands down harsh jail sentences to New Citizen Movement activists

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 10:34am by Patrick Boehler

    ... crackdown on the New Citizen movement. A court in Jiangxi province yesterday jailed Liu Ping and Wei Zhongping for 6½ years and handed Li Sihua a three-year sentence, according to Li's lawyer. ... street protests, even if their demands appeared consistent with President Xi Jinping's goals of fighting corruption and reforming the judicial system. Dozens of others linked to the movement ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China must follow through on pledges to improve notorious petition system

    Posted May 26th 2014, 07:11pm by Jonathan Sullivan and Samantha Hoffman

    ... Jonathan Sullivan and Samantha Hoffman Jonathan Sullivan and Samantha Hoffman say government guidelines set in part to rein in abuses of China's notorious petition system are welcome, ... a benevolent ruler. The political system may have changed but the practice is more popular than ever. There is a sophisticated and long-standing bureaucratic mechanism for processing such petitions: ...




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