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  1. Two similar sets of laws, one basic difference

    Posted Dec 15th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... of Hong Kong from Britain. Both Hong Kong and Macau were provided with a Basic Law by the National People's Congress. These mini-constitutions are largely similar, but with some significant differences. Each, for example, contains an Article 23 obliging the local government to enact laws prohibiting treason, secession, sedition and subversion against the central government. With the 10th ...

  2. Will we bend border or Law for rail line?

    Posted Oct 24th 2009, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... to set up a joint immigration checkpoint at its Hong Kong terminus without amending the Basic Law. The mini-constitution says that, with few exceptions, national laws cannot be enforced on Hong ... to give officials from the mainland the right to enforce its laws in Hong Kong, since that might involve an amendment of the Basic Law. 'Given the sensitive political atmosphere in Hong Kong, ...

  3. Man arrested over knife attack at law firm

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

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Police arrested a middle-aged man for entering a law firm and attacking two employees with a knife. The man entered the office on the 13th floor of Wu Sang House, Nathan Road, at about 5.30pm. After a row he allegedly wounded a male lawyer, who was admitted to hospital, and a female employee, who was treated for cuts. ...

  4. Law mooted on initiative for green buildings

    Posted Nov 21st 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... of forcing developers to provide environmentally friendly facilities by law. At the opening ceremony for the new Green Building Council, she said: 'Even if they [developers] are given ... laws requiring developers to add green features in buildings when necessary. She said the government had already drafted a bill requiring developers to implement the minimum requirement ...

  5. Rule of law a way off, but legal system can be fairer

    Posted Jul 21st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that having a law is one thing, applying it another. That has long been a problem on the mainland. Investigative authorities, prosecutors and the courts all too often function opaquely as an instrument of political and bureaucratic control rather than transparently as independent, impartial adjudicators. That is not to say that mainland law has stood still while other reforms have ...

  6. Noise law prevented pumping of ditch on day boy died, court told

    Posted Sep 30th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man The contractor working on a waterlogged ditch in Yuen Long where an eight-year-old boy drowned last year said it did not pump the water out that day because it was a Sunday, when noisy work is illegal. China Road and Bridge Corporation had been ...

  7. First rule of law: what the party says, goes

    Posted Jun 09th 2009, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... David Eimer In 1982, China enacted a new constitution that put the rule of law at its centre. The legislation was regarded as an effort by Beijing to move closer to the legal systems ... the problem with the mainland legal system. For all the talk of the rule of law, it remains strictly under the control of the Communist Party at every level. In particular, lower court officials ...

  8. Law Society provides free consultations

    Posted Jun 15th 2009, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam A new Law Society helpline goes into service today to provide free consultation for people claiming compensation for personal injuries. Free legal advice will be provided between 8.30am and 6pm Monday to Friday on 2840 1211, with a voice-mail service after business hours. The service comes in reaction to illegal 'no win, no fee' services that seek a share ...

  9. Piecemeal laws no substitute for comprehensive recycling policy

    Posted Aug 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Your editorial ('HK must not lose sight of plastic bag levy goals', August 8) seems to be based more on sentiment than sense. You say a month after the launch of a new law ... as no surprise that the use of other forms of plastic bag not subject to the law is on the rise, as manufacturers note that a 40 per cent rise in orders for reusable bags has cushioned a 30 per cent drop ...

  10. Failings show need to improve snooping law

    Posted Dec 09th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The three-year-old law to regulate snooping on citizens by law-enforcement officers had a troubled, marathon passage through the legislature because of lawmakers' concerns about ... privacy, therefore, it follows that officers should be seen to try to comply stringently with the law. Sadly, that is not reflected in attitudes reported by the judge who oversees their activities, ...




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