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  1. Departments accused of conspiracy

    Posted Sep 27th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by the government. She accuses the Legal Aid Department and the Immigration Department of conspiring against her, according to an interview with tomorrow's Catholic Sunday Examiner newspaper. She told ... Clement Solicitors lodged an appeal on her behalf on a pro-bono basis that legal aid was granted on July 28. Ms Raza said the Immigration Department on June 9 had refused her application ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Poor let down by lack of access to legal services

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 12:00am by DENNIS KWOK

    ... for the administration of the legal system. The current provision of legal aid services is administered, not by an independent legal aid authority, but by the Legal Aid Department under the Home Affairs Bureau. ... one either. Evidence shows that the Legal Aid Department has not fared well under the Home Affairs Bureau. Whereas the Legal Aid Department and Department of Justice had comparable budgets ...

  3. Legal Aid Department faces probe

    Posted Apr 08th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani The Ombudsman yesterday announced an investigation into the Legal Aid Department's administrative practices- the first time it has initiated a direct investigation into the department. Acting on complaints from recipients about legal aid delays and the monitoring of cases, the watchdog is to look into arrangements for assigning cases, the mechanism for monitoring ...

  4. Plan to widen access to legal aid unveiled

    Posted Mar 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... also oversees the city's leisure and cultural affairs, was neglecting legal aid issues. The Legal Aid Department was merged with the Home Affairs Bureau in a shake-up in 2007. Critics ... body, not by a government bureau. The budget for the Legal Aid Department has been set at HK$753 million for the coming year, roughly HK$500,000 more than the budget for last year. About HK$81 ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Harsh government test denying needy legal aid, Bar Association says

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com 'Harsh government test' denying needy legal aid The Legal Aid Department has been using an erroneously harsh test to vet applications for civil legal aid and created wrongly for itself a discretionary power to decide when to grant funding, the Bar Association says. The errors raise a question of whether the department has set the bar ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    No secrecy in decisions over legal aid

    Posted May 06th 2014, 04:07am by LETTERS

    ... No 'secrecy' involved in department's decision-making I refer to the report (" 'Black box' secrecy of legal aid condemned ", April 9) reporting the views of Stephen Hung Wan-shun, vice-president of the Law Society, concerning the processing of criminal appeals by the Legal Aid Department. The director of Legal Aid may only grant legal aid in criminal ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - JUSTICE

    Lack of transparency on legal aid decisions criticised

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 11:25am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Law Society vice-president urges Legal Aid Department to clarify its reasons behind decisions on whether or not to fund criminal appeals 'Black box' secrecy of legal aid condemned The Legal Aid Department's decision-making process is impenetrable when it comes to whether or not it grants funding for criminal appeals, ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    No need for independent legal aid service, say advisers in U-turn

    Posted May 13th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... that there has been no "substantiated example of the government's interference" in the Legal Aid Department. "The council agrees... that there is no immediate need to establish ... be needed on this point. On the neutrality of the department, the report said there had been no evidence of government interference. "On the contrary, there are ample examples of legal aid ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Legal aid error may have denied justice to Hong Kong's poor

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 04:59am by Austin Chiu

    ... have denied justice to poor The Legal Aid Department has repeatedly used the wrong test to assess whether or not to fund civil cases, raising concerns that the poor have been denied access to justice. A recent High Court judgment showed the department had required a case to demonstrate a more than 50 per cent chance of success to qualify for legal aid, rather than a "reasonable ...

  10. Flat buyers to get legal aid to sue developers

    Posted Mar 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Ada Lee, Joyce Ng, Paggie Leung

    ... Ada Lee, Joyce Ng and Paggie Leung Flat buyers will soon be able to take developers to court with help from the government's Legal Aid Scheme. The plan forms part of a proposed expansion of the scheme, to be funded by a HK$100 million cash injection from the government. The proposal by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Legal Aid Department covers the sale of new homes ...




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