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  1. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Police watchdog facing challenges

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 04:36am by Simon Young

    ... Even if in practice the IPCC acts true to its motto, the public may think differently. As Mr Justice Robert Tang Ching wisely noted at a symposium to mark the fifth anniversary, "reality ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1593223/police-watchdog-facing-challenges
  2. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    The costs of settling a case under the trade law

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 03:23am by EUGENE LOW

    ... the authorities are not bound to accept an undertaking offered as they must first have the secretary for justice's approval before they can accept it. Undertakings are more likely to be accepted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588029/costs-settling-case-under-trade-law
  3. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    It's vital that justice holds the balance of power

    Posted Nov 26th 2013, 04:44am by SIMON NG

    ... Simon T.M. Ng Liberty relies on separation of legislature, executive and the courts It's vital that justice holds the balance of power Alexander Hamilton, a founding father ... goes beyond the permit of law, or when a legal provision goes contrary to constitutional prescriptions, the affected party may seek justice from the court. In other words, judicial review ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1365518/its-vital-justice-holds-balance-power
  4. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Patriotism on the bench? There's not much of a case

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 03:38am by SIMON NG

    ... Simon T.M.Ng Justice is done and seen to be done because our system embraces values like impartiality Patriotism on the bench? There's not much of a case Judicial independence ... Justice is done and seen to be done because our system embraces values. The carvings on the pediment of the former supreme court/Legislative Council building may provide the best symbolic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1561332/patriotism-bench-theres-not-much-case
  5. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Is lack of legal aid inhibiting delivery of effective justice?

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 12:00am by Simon Young

    ... Simon Young Ngai-man Hong Kong's system of legal representation in criminal appeals is in urgent need of review Is lack of legal aid inhibiting delivery of effective justice? What ... signals in recent decisions. Take the November 2012 judgment of Mr Justice Andrew Macrae (sitting with Mr Justice Michael Lunn and Mr Justice Ian McWalters) in which he wrote, after allowing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1307150/lack-legal-aid-inhibiting-delivery-effective-justice
  6. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    It's not right seven people can send someone to prison for life

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 04:25am by ANDREW RAFFELL

    ... system, which included the criminal justice system, was the jury. However, it gave rise to a problem that persisted until the 1990s. All criminal trials were conducted in English, so all jurors, ... of one jury complained to the Chief Justice about being taken away from their businesses to deal with "trifling cases". But, it is necessary. However, one facet of the criminal justice ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1539067/its-not-right-seven-people-can-send-someone-prison-life
  7. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Five good men and true? It doesn't inspire confidence

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 03:36am by ANDREW RAFFELL

    ... within the criminal justice system. In my view and, it seems, in others' too (see law professor Simon Young Ngai-man's words in "Call for increase in pool of jurors", May 10), ... ordinary Hongkongers have some say in the criminal justice system and it is not seen as a lawyers' monopoly, which it very nearly is. The vast majority of criminal cases are dealt ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1534244/five-good-men-and-true-it-doesnt-inspire-confidence
  8. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    End corporal punishment for the sake of our children

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 03:10am by GRENVILLE CROSS

    ... such as bruises or scratches, a reasonable chastisement defence will likely fail. In Canada, Ontario Supreme Court Justice David McCombs has noted "a growing consensus that corporal punishment does ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1523938/end-corporal-punishment-sake-our-children
  9. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    China's rights lawyers willing to pay for progress

    Posted May 20th 2014, 04:04am by DR KAREN LEE

    ... to pay a price for social progress- I am willing to bear all the costs for freedom, social justice, love and faith." One may find more clues in his recent autobiography, To Be a Citizen, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1515778/chinas-rights-lawyers-willing-pay-progress
  10. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Top-down government leaves no room for reform

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 04:58am by ANDREW RAFELL

    ... or not likely. Why not? Law reform needs a sympathetic and vigorous political system to bring about any meaningful and lasting change. Many reforms to the criminal justice system in other parts ... I hope to contribute my own views on necessary, desirable reforms and improvements within our criminal justice system over the coming months. One of the main problems is that law has become ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1415055/top-down-government-leaves-no-room-reform

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