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  1. News - Hong Kong - JUDICIARY

    Judges don’t need to be patriots, says former top judge Andrew Li

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 04:09am by Peter So

    ... or anti anyone or anything," he wrote. Judges were expected to be fair, impartial and faithful only to the law. It is the first time the retired chief justice has aired his opinions in public ... and as such had a basic political requirement to love the country. Fears that the city's judicial independence and rule of law might be jeopardised prompted a record 1,800 lawyers to take part ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - JUDICIARY

    Top justice officials back independence of Hong Kong courts

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 08:22pm by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Law chiefs defend courts' independence The two most senior figures in Hong Kong's judicial system yesterday defended the independence of the courts ... in the judiciary's integrity rested "on a truly independent judiciary, judges who look no further than the proper application of the law, both in letter and in spirit, and the importance of ensuring ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - JUDICIARY

    Preserve common law after 2047: top Hong Kong judge

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... LAW, SAYS TOP JUDGE Common law should remain the basis of Hong Kong's legal system beyond 2047, the end of the 50-year guarantee stated in the Basic Law, the city's top judge says. Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li also warned that the judiciary's authority would be undermined if the government again sought a Basic Law interpretation from Beijing in the way it did ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - JUDICIARY

    Elsie Leung backed in rule of law row

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... Danny Mok danny.mok@scmp.com Elsie Leung backed in rule of law row An outspoken member of the Basic Law Committee has backed former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie, who caused a storm last week when she said Beijing's guarantee that Hong Kong would remain unchanged for 50 years did not extend to the legal system. Lau Nai-keung, appointed to the committee by Beijing, ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - JUDICIARY

    Law groups fight back after Elsie Leung attack

    Posted Oct 11th 2012, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Law groups fire back after Elsie Leung attack Two legal bodies issued strong defences of Hong Kong's independent judiciary yesterday, with the Law Society warning the government to "act cautiously" before seeking any interpretation of the Basic Law from Beijing. The society and the Bar Association were defending the judiciary ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - JUDICIARY

    Top prosecutor Kevin Zervos calls for curb on legal power of SFC

    Posted Aug 17th 2013, 12:00am by Cliff Buddle

    ... Kong's top prosecutor has warned. Kevin Zervos, the director of public prosecutions, writes in a soon-to-be-released report that law enforcement agencies should not carry the responsibility ... that an independent prosecution service is vital for upholding "the just rule of law". He says: "I am firmly of the view that under our criminal justice system, it is imperative to keep ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - JUDICIARY

    Joining the judiciary on the mainland

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com How mainland judges find a seat on the bench Becoming a judge in Hong Kong and on the mainland are two very different things. Over the border, law graduates take two separate training paths to be judges or lawyers. Any Chinese citizen who is over 23, has a postgraduate degree in law, has passed the civil service and judicial exams and, by unwritten ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - JUDICIARY

    Lord Lester calls on lawmakers to speed up reforms to aid justice

    Posted Nov 03rd 2012, 12:00am by Cliff Buddle

    ... Cliff Buddle Visiting QC says Hong Kong's legal system is hampered by painfully slow changes in laws British lawmaker calls for reforms to aid justice Hong Kong's judges have ... much-needed changes to the law left difficult issues to be resolved by the courts instead. "The Hong Kong judiciary is stronger now than it was in colonial times," Lester said. "One ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - JUDICIARY

    Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen rejects call for Chinese-only appeal judges

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung SC rejected the idea put forward by two Basic Law experts. Yuen said it was important and beneficial for the city to maintain a link with other common law ... unduly restrict the pool of talents that can be appointed as judges," Yuen said in a statement. Mainland scholar Cheng Jie, a former researcher for the Basic Law Committee, told a seminar ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - JUDICIARY

    Chief justice accuses lawyers of being cold and big-headed

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Head of Court of Final Appeal tells law students to learn by barristers' mistakes as he stresses the importance of maintaining a human touch Chief ... occupied with the intricacies of the law that they miss out on other important things," Ma told a group of Chinese University law students as part of an interview for the Hong Kong Student Law ...




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