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  1. News - China - REFORM

    China moves to gives court judges more independence in bold reform move

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:39am by Keith Zhai

    ... Keith Zhai in Jinan, Shandong keith.zhai@scmp.com Nation's top court lays out plan to give judges greater independence, starting with the removal of interference from local governments Move to more independent courts China's top court has unveiled a roadmap for its five-year reform plan to boost judicial independence, giving judges more authority in rulings ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1550694/move-more-independent-courts
  2. Business - Companies

    MTR's delay disclosures to be judged in awards

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 01:51am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com MTR's delay disclosures to be judged in awards MTR Corp will be judged over its much-criticised disclosure of delays in its high-speed rail project ... a winner for corporate governance disclosure for many years. MTR will be judged on its disclosure, recent news reports and financial statements," said Chan. The institute invited entries ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1547040/mtrs-delay-disclosures-be-judged-awards
  3. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesian judge jailed for life over US$5m election bribes

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jakarta Judge jailed for life over poll bribes The former top judge of Indonesia's constitutional court has been jailed for life for accepting more than US$5 million in bribes to influence rulings. A judge in Jakarta said that by accepting kickbacks to sway decisions on local election disputes, Akil Mochtar had severely damaged the constitutional ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1544467/indonesian-judge-jailed-life-over-us5m-election-bribes
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Prosecutors' independence needs guaranteeing as well as judges'

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 04:44pm by GRENVILLE CROSS

    ... stems from the inclusion of "judges of the courts at different levels" in the category of those who "administrate" Hong Kong, and who, as a "basic political requirement", must love the country. Such concerns, however, must be put in context. The judges, in their judicial oaths, swear to "bear allegiance" to the Hong Kong Special Administrative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1543580/prosecutors-independence-needs-guaranteeing-well-judges
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Retired judge, law deans back silent Hong Kong marchers from legal profession

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 02:39am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Retired judge, law deans back silent marchers Lawyers organising today's march in defence of judicial independence received fresh impetus yesterday as a retired judge and two leading law deans stood by critics of Beijing's white paper, which categorises judges as administrators who need to be patriotic. Retired High Court judge William Waung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1541288/retired-judge-law-deans-back-silent-hong-kong-marchers-legal
  6. News - World - SPAIN

    Judge rules that Spanish king’s sister should face fraud charges

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 10:53pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Madrid King's sister to face fraud charges A Spanish judge has ruled that King Felipe VI's sister, Princess Cristina, and her husband must face fraud ... of complicity in the allegedly dodgy business affairs of her husband, 46-year-old former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin. Judge Jose Castro's decision to press ahead with charges against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1540552/judge-rules-spanish-kings-sister-should-face-fraud-charges
  7. News - World - MEDIA

    Judge rebukes British PM David Cameron for apology during hacking case

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 10:58pm by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in London Ed Miliband questions Cameron's judgment in hiring ex-editor; judge criticises PM's apology British PM, Labour leader clash over Coulson verdict British Prime Minister David Cameron faced fresh embarrassment after the judge in the phone-hacking case reprimanded him for making an apology for hiring former editor Andy Coulson while the jury was still ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1540555/judge-rebukes-british-pm-david-cameron-apology-during-hacking-case
  8. News - World - SECURITY

    US judge rules ‘no-fly’ ban on 13 Muslim citizens unconstitutional

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 09:10pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Portland, Oregon Judge rules US 'no-fly' list is unconstitutional The US government offered no adequate method for people to challenge their placement on its no-fly list, a judge ruled in a case involving 13 Muslims who believed they were on the list. District Court judge Anna Brown found on Tuesday that people lacked a meaningful way to challenge ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1540459/us-judge-rules-no-fly-ban-13-muslim-citizens-unconstitutional
  9. News - China - LAW

    Pilot programme aims to improve quality of China's top judges and prosecutors

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 04:02am by Keith Zhai

    ... Keith Zhai keith.zhai@scmp.com Judges and prosecutors will be chosen by teams of specialists and managed apart from the rest of the civil service under pilot programme Reforms aim for more professional judiciary The system for appointing judges and prosecutors is to be overhauled and local governments will also have less control over the courts as part of a series of trial reforms ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1533639/pilot-programme-aims-improve-quality-top-judges-and-prosecutors
  10. News - World - INTERNET

    LinkedIn has case to answer over privacy violation, US judge rules

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:38am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in San Jose, United States LinkedIn has case to answer over privacy A US federal judge said LinkedIn must face a lawsuit by customers who claim it violated their privacy by accessing their external e-mail accounts, downloading their contacts' e-mail addresses and soliciting business from those contacts. US District Judge Lucy Koh, sitting in San Jose, California, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1532203/linkedin-has-case-answer-over-privacy-violation-us-judge-rules

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