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  1. Painful ordeal puts English in the dock

    Posted Oct 24th 2004, 12:00am by Cliff Buddle

    ... was switched to English. Cheng Yee-wah, the father of a doctor who died during the outbreak, made a simple, yet powerful, protest to the coroner, calling for the inquest to be held in his own language. 'Chinese is an official language; why should I hear it in English?' he asked. 'This is not a common case of theft. It concerns death. The hearing should be held in Chinese.' ...

  2. Simplicity the key to drafting laws

    Posted Jul 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... with acts written in convoluted syntax and jargon. Provisions are often drafted in archaic legal language, with complicated sentence structures running into hundreds of words without breaks. Hong ... clearer and more accessible to the people. Indeed, other jurisdictions have long since recognised the need to modernise and switch to plain language when drafting laws. Hong Kong has to ensure ...

  3. Pageant reject goes on a badly worded rant against judges

    Posted May 30th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... was written in a stream-of-consciousness mixture of English and Cantonese slang, and transliterated Chinese phrases. I find it expressive and a perfect example of speech patterns of young people today. But many readers ridiculed the letter (quoted here from Apple's website); some educators and language purists are up in arms. Is the letter an indictment of TVB's Miss Hong Kong ...

  4. Police call for law against foul language

    Posted Sep 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com Police associations are calling for a law to ban profane language against police officers after two incidents of abuse in recent demonstrations. Protests in the city have a tradition of relative civility, involving slogans without inflammatory terms. But in at least two recent protests a banner was seen that included the English-language slogan ...

  5. Language firm sues founder for US$3m

    Posted Jan 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Peter Brieger A mainland company that offers online English training, 100e.com Inc, is suing its founder and chairman John Wang to recoup the US$3 million it said it had loaned him, according to a writ filed in the High Court this week. The company said it transferred the money to Mr Wang's bank account on January 9, but he had not accounted for its whereabouts, breaching ...

  6. Chinese court rulings translated into English

    Posted Jul 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong The first volume of judiciary-authorised English translations of court judgments in Chinese will be made available today in what has been hailed as a 'new era in law reporting'. The right to have cases heard and adjudicated in Chinese as well as English is enshrined in the Basic Law, although magistrates' courts and cases involving unrepresented litigants had ...

  7. The language of justice

    Posted Mar 21st 2007, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui Mr Justice Wally Yeung Chun-kuen is perhaps best known as the first judge in Hong Kong to deliver his judgment in Chinese- in a family feud in 1995. He also made history when he gave his written judgment on a right-of-abode case in 1999 in simplified Chinese as well as in English and traditional Chinese. Even though the trial was heard in English, he read out ...

  8. Use of the Chinese language increasing in HK courts

    Posted Apr 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong which inherited its legal system from the British, had conducted court cases in English. Mr Cross explained: 'Throughout 2004, we promoted the use of the Chinese language ... SCMP.com Updated at 7.00pm: More Hong Kong criminal court proceedings were being conducted in Chinese- not English, Director of Public Prosecutions Grenville Cross said on Thursday. ...

  9. Juror's English halts murder trial

    Posted Dec 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yvonne Tsui A jury in a murder trial was discharged yesterday before proceedings began after a heated exchange between the judge and a juror who said his English was too poor to serve ... in English, saying: 'I want you to speak in English, you are a graduate from the City University and this is an English court!' Mr Chan then replied in English: 'I object! I can speak ...

  10. Judge's language may have baffled Kissel jury: lawyer

    Posted Apr 15th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle Hong Kong juries, while highly educated in most respects, would struggle with technical and long-winded legal arguments in English, counsel for Nancy Kissel argued yesterday. ... may have caused the jury some problems. Not only was the language relatively complex, but critical elements of the defence case were delivered in a 'sustained formal monologue' ...




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