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

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

    ... 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 Kong ... 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, ...

  2. Denial of welfare payments does not violate Basic Law, judge says

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

    ... Anita Lam Government policy that restricts welfare payments to people who have lived in Hong Kong for seven years does not violate the Basic Law or the Bill of Rights, a High Court judge ... the applicants' right to social welfare. They also amounted to discrimination and violated a Basic Law provision which required the government to improve its social welfare system. Kong Yunming, ...

  3. Agent, lawyer jailed under archaic law

    Posted Jul 10th 2009, 12:00am by Anita Lam, Joyce Man

    ... unenforceable. Mr Wong did not grant the order and said Ms Wong should seek compensation in civil proceedings. Superintendent Francis Ho Ying-foo, of the regional crime bureau, said the law was clear ... injuries, taking sick leave for weeks and even years, and driving up the cost of insurance. Champerty and maintenance are not criminal offences in the United States but are forbidden by English law ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Protesters call for tougher action against drink-driving as new laws come into effect

    Posted Feb 09th 2009, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... The group's action came hours before a new set of road safety laws took effect at midnight. Bars and clubs were preparing to put up posters and slogans warning people against drink-driving, with the laws allowing police to conduct random breathalyser tests on drivers even without reasonable suspicion. Other new laws that took effect include a three-month minimum licence suspension ...

  6. Offender sentenced under old law- with lower maximum penalty

    Posted Feb 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... year- the date when the maximum penalty for dangerous driving causing death was increased from five years' imprisonment to 10 years, so the offender was sentenced under the old law. The source added the court had not yet sentenced any person under the new law, as the court was still processing cases that occurred in May. The Transport and Housing Bureau will convene a meeting ...

  7. Law to ban bargaining in taxis being studied

    Posted Nov 07th 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... to study the creation of a law banning fare bargaining in the next six months. That announcement came after lawmakers with the Federation of Trade Unions joined pan-democrat legislators yesterday in threatening to vote down an administration plan- which would allow taxis to increase charges on short journeys and reduce charges on longer trips- unless the government brought in such a law ...

  8. Tougher laws on way for smokers, says health chief

    Posted Dec 11th 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... and information system to implement the law. 'We hope the new penalty system can come out at the same time when public transport interchanges are designated no-smoking areas,' Dr Chow said. ...

  9. Anti-racism law leads to confusion

    Posted Jul 14th 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam Taxi drivers and maids' employers have joined the chorus of those who fear they may fall foul of the new anti-racism law, which requires public services and private ... an interpreter for his Indonesian maid. Undersecretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen assured listeners that the law was reasonable. 'We are now preparing a code ...

  10. Panel backs broad competition law

    Posted Jun 27th 2006, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... the city needs a broad competition law. Officials would not comment on the contents of the report from the Competition Policy Review Committee headed by businessman Christopher Cheng Wai-chee, but sources familiar with its discussions confirmed that a competition law covering all industrial sectors was on the drawing board. Such a law would mark a big change from the sector-by-sector ...




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