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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Present set-up has good checks and balances system

    Posted Jul 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Your correspondents, Pierce Lam ('Legal aid move will help restore social context,' June 22) and Cynthia Sze ('Legal aid changes should ensure greater degree of transparency,' June 27) welcome the move to put the Legal Aid Department (LAD) under the purview of the Home Affairs Bureau. The main thrust of both letters increases my concern of transferring LAD ...

  4. Legal aid change?

    Posted Jul 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the article headlined 'Change of function touted for legal aid' (July 10). It would be incorrect to say that the Legal Aid Department has experienced constant funding ... million for the Legal Aid Department, of which $582.9 million is for legal aid costs. This represents a 4.5 per cent increase in the overall provision for the department and a 6 per cent increase ...

  5. Vote threat over Legal Aid move

    Posted Jun 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong Pan-democrats took the opportunity of a lunch with the chief executive yesterday to tell him to his face: don't put the Legal Aid Department under the Home Affairs Bureau ... Rights Monitor, cited the potential for conflicts of interest, the loss of protection from political interference and the undermining of public faith in the Legal Aid Department ...

  6. An embarrassment that warrants explanation

    Posted May 09th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The full facts behind the unprecedented bid by the police to search offices of the Legal Aid Department are not yet known. We can expect more to emerge when the dispute is resolved by a court. But the details revealed in the Legal Aid Department's application for a judicial review have focused attention back on the manner in which Hong Kong's law enforcement agencies ...

  7. Legal aid applicant pleads guilty to giving false statement

    Posted May 26th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Department in connection with his legal aid application. He was sentenced to two months' imprisonment, suspended for one year, and fined $2,000. The applicant pleaded guilty to giving a false ... or payable in the proceedings to which the legal aid certificate relates. The Legal Aid Department has referred six suspected cases to the Police for investigation this year compared to 11 cases last ...

  8. Court standoff

    Posted May 08th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... April 27 Magistrate Johnny Chan Jong-herng issues police with a warrant to search the Legal Aid Department's criminal section on the 25th floor of the Queensway Government Offices ... specificity'. Police leave. April 28 to May 5 Discussions take place between the Legal Aid Department and the Department of Justice over the validity of the warrant. The Legal Aid Department is told ...

  9. No pressure on Legal Aid, says justice chief

    Posted Jul 31st 2005, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie yesterday denied having pressed the Legal Aid Department to drop its planned judicial review against the police for trying to raid its offices. 'It's not about which side won or lost, and it didn't involve exerting pressure on the Legal Aid Department,' Miss Leung said. Commenting on the case for the first time ...

  10. Minibond investor refused legal aid

    Posted Nov 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fanny W.Y. Fung A minibond investor filing for a judicial review had legal aid rejected, Alliance of Lehman Brothers Victims chief Peter Chan Kwong-yue said. The Legal Aid Department included in Shek Lai-san's assets the HK$40,000 in minibonds bought. The total exceeded the limit for such an application. ...




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