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  1. Anti-smoking law is not being applied fairly in Wan Chai bars

    Posted Jun 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a clarification, through these columns, of the current legal interpretation. The association supports the intention of the ordinance which is in line with the worldwide trend to reduce smoking, however, ... revenue bars are being removed arbitrarily from the list of bars that qualified for exemption. A law cannot be applied in an arbitrary manner and cannot be left open to multiple interpretations ...

  2. Food safety law on this year's agenda, NPC chairman confirms

    Posted Mar 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and legal interpretations, with 100 of them having been passed. The country's library of law had now grown to 229 laws, 600 State Council regulations, and 7,000 regional laws and regulations, ... which is designed to give legal support to the mainland's troubled social-security system, also went through its first reading in December. Mr Wu said difficult clauses in the law would ...

  3. Life sentence for ATM withdrawal cut to five years

    Posted Apr 01st 2008, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... a large impact. 'We don't know the boundaries of the courts' legal interpretation powers,' the programme said. The court said yesterday that withdrawing 174,000 yuan in the 171 ... for a lighter sentence.' Xu told judge Zheng Yuchen that he would not appeal against the sentence, but his lawyers said they would study the verdict before taking any further legal action. Xu ...

  4. 'Legal aid increases success rate'

    Posted Dec 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... law firms that volunteer their services free of charge. About 100 lawyers and 15 interpreters are trained to provide legal assistance. ... Phyllis Tsang The success rate for asylum seekers with legal assistance is four times that of those without it, says a group providing free legal help to claimants. The Hong Kong Refugee ...

  5. Minorities to protest against 'flawed' bill targeting racism

    Posted Jun 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of discrimination, meaning the government has no legal obligation to provide interpreters at hospitals and other public services. A statement signed by 41 non-governmental organisations and minority groups ...

  6. This lamentable chapter must never be repeated

    Posted Mar 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to flood the city, sought an interpretation of the clause by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, which nullified the Court of Final Appeal's judgment. Passions were stirred. The legal community was split, with many lawyers seeing the interpretation as an affront to the foundation of our common-law system. It took several years for confidence in our ...

  7. Master's degree lays down the law

    Posted Jan 19th 2008, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... Mimi Lau A new master's degree in legal translation designed to meet demand from Hong Kong's bilingual legal system will be offered from September. The master of arts degree in legal translation, launched by the Open University of Hong Kong this week, will be the city's first standalone programme for this subject. Programme leader Emily Poon Wai-yee said ...

  8. Why issue of Tsang term tied lawyers in knots

    Posted Dec 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong Since the handover, the Bar Association has often taken on the role of guardian of the city's legal system. Some of its leading members have marched in protest against interpretations of the Basic Law by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and engaged in fierce debate over legislation for national security. In 2005, the Bar issued three ...

  9. Legal journal refuses to print article on Tibet

    Posted Apr 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong Law publication is self-censoring, says author of rejected piece An article setting out the legal basis for Tibetan self-determination has been refused publication in the Law ... Brendan Clift, requested that he write a similar article, but expanded to suit the legal community. Mr Clift said he did not want to comment for this story. The draft of the article for Hong Kong ...

  10. Delivering false hope for full democracy

    Posted Jan 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Margaret Ng

    ... director of the Legal Affairs Commission Li Fei gave a lengthy interpretation of Articles 2 and 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to show that universal suffrage does ... democratisation may be marching into a thick fog of fascism. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee is a legislator representing the legal profession ...




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