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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. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  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. 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, ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Justice department sued over unpaid bill of HK$6.1m in Carson Yeung case

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 04:38am by CHRIS LAU

    ... including checking legal documents, reviewing expert reports and arranging witnesses, at the time when the department was pursuing a high-profile case against Yeung. The department said it would put forward its defence after reviewing the writ. "As legal proceedings concerning the case are ongoing, it would not be appropriate for the department to make any further comment," it said ...

  10. 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 ...




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