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  1. Shortage of judges a neglected issue

    Posted Nov 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Tze-wei tzewei.ng@scmp.com A magazine article last week on the training of mainland judges is a timely reminder of an aspect of legal reform that has been unwisely neglected in recent ... is a Communist Party member- can become a judge, subject to a one-year traineeship. However, as the article in Oriental Outlook pointed out, while it only takes a year to train a judge on the mainland, ...

  2. Judge urges probe after deported thief slips into Hong Kong 40 times

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... court papers show. The disclosure led a Court of First Instance judge to criticise security lapses, and to urge the government to plug loopholes in the system. 'This is unsatisfactory,' wrote Deputy Judge Albert Wong Sung-hau, commenting on the fact that many deportees could enter the city even without having to use a false identity. However, a spokesman ...

  3. 6 years' jail for duping girl into having sex

    Posted Oct 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Maggie Tam maggie.tam@scmp.com A self-styled fung shui master was jailed yesterday for what a judge described as despicable acts in duping his former girlfriend's sister into having ... sexual acts by false pretences between September 2004 and January 2010, beginning when she was just 15. Judge Frankie Yiu Fun-che sentenced Yuen to four years' jail on each charge ...

  4. 'Armed' banker spared jail

    Posted Oct 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... fined HK$50,000. Judge Joseph Yau Chi-lap said he passed down the 'exceptional' sentence because of an assessment that the ' highly successful' banker has dependent personality disorder. Yan did not intend to use the pistol for illegal purposes, the judge found. Yan earlier pleaded guilty to possession of firearms without a licence, which carries a maximum jail ...

  5. Injunction granted to curb incense-burning

    Posted Jun 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu Austin.chiu@scmp.com A judge who yesterday granted an injunction regulating a family's incense-burning habits outside their high-rise flat in Mei Foo says the order does not curtail the right of worship in the city. District Court Judge David Lok Kai-hong said he granted Hu Wei-hsin the injunction due to the circumstances of the case. Hu complained that her neighbour ...

  6. Judge orders elderly welfare cheat freed

    Posted Feb 10th 2011, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man A deaf 76-year-old was freed yesterday after winning an appeal against a 16-month jail term for fraud. Leung Chung-kee, who had served about six months, was released on humanitarian grounds by Court of First Instance judge Madam Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping. He claimed more than HK$335,000 in welfare over 24 years while running a stall selling pornography. ...

  7. Judge orders seized ship sold to pay bill

    Posted Mar 19th 2011, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... if the judge did not accept the affidavit. Alder said Maruba had not abandoned the vessel in Hong Kong. But in rejecting both moves, the judge said: 'We don't know who the prospective buyer ... to the mystery buyer. But Reyes could not see any justification in the delay, pointing to the same lack of evidence. The judge had already adjourned the court hearing two weeks ago to give Maruba and its ...

  8. Judge gives owner of ship held since August more time to pay bills

    Posted Mar 08th 2011, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... the 11th-hour nature of the action, the judge said the affidavit was 'vague' and showed 'absolutely no evidence' of what the ship's owner would 'put up for security'. 'It just seems to be like they are buying time,' the judge said. He added that there were no supporting affidavits 'setting out what they were trying to do or the prospects ...

  9. Woman acquitted in trial over cocaine haul

    Posted Dec 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com The wife of a man jailed for the city's biggest cocaine bust has been cleared of laundering dirty money linked to the drug world after a judge said it was reasonable for her to believe that the HK$8 million she was accused of cleaning came from her husband's gambling habit and real estate business. Judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong told District Court ...

  10. Victim support

    Posted Nov 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and attributable to the personal whims of particular victims, is not something the courts wish to countenance. A judge, after all, has to take a wide view of the offence and the offender, and decide what ... sentence, the judge must impose the sentence he or she believes to be just, even if this upsets the victim. When there is domestic violence, it is not uncommon for the victim to forgive ...




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