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  1. Centralised interpreting centre suggested for ethnic minorities

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

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung A centralised interpreting service centre should be set up for ethnic minority citizens, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau has suggested. This would be among ... With the centres planned for different districts across the New Territories, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, the bureau said yesterday that only one should provide interpreting services. Seven languages- ...

  2. Basically, it's open to any interpretation

    Posted Mar 29th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching At times like these, when Hong Kong is faced with another constitutional crisis and another Basic Law interpretation by the Standing Committee of the National People's ... Beijing resorted in 1999 to an interpretation by the Standing Committee. It was clearly a case of sloppy drafting, but the central government was unwilling to admit that it had made a mistake. ...

  3. Army studying legal issues for locals

    Posted Jun 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Legal technicalities need to be overcome before Hongkongers can join the People's Liberation Army, the local garrison commander says. However, ... Kong yet, he said. 'We need to fix other hurdles in our legal system first.' Under the Military Service Law, local governments must offer preferential treatment to relatives of PLA ...

  4. Judge has high hopes for mainland's legal system

    Posted May 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... It will give me a more well-rounded perspective, and it will surely help my work. 'Besides, I am glad to have this valuable chance to share views and experiences with legal professionals ... and, as a result, improve the quality of China's judicial and legal system. The other officials at the launch of the programme included Ji Jianjun, deputy director-general of education, ...

  5. Law to be more user-friendly

    Posted Jul 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... be difficult if people without easy access to legal texts were suddenly told they had violated a law they barely understood. 'We see accessibility having two aspects. One, that you can actually find the law. Two, when you find it, you can understand it, and you don't need to go and get a legal professional to tell you what the law is saying,' he said. 'So when the rule ...

  6. World legal body chooses city for regional office

    Posted Apr 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Niall Fraser niall.fraser@scmp.com A prestigious international legal body is set to open a regional office in Hong Kong, in a move described by Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung ... in the Netherlands- later this year. Wong said the move by the world's foremost organisation for cross-border co-operation in civil and commercial legal matters would benefit the whole Asia-Pacific ...

  7. The small-house policy is causing needless divisions in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... that, enshrined in the Basic Law, they have the right to build a 700 sq ft house once they reach the age of 18. Some in the legal profession may argue that this right is not enshrined in the Basic Law. Whatever the legality of this may be, if Mrs Lam and the government really want to end the policy, it can be done by an interpretation of this law, or by amending the Basic Law. ...

  8. Listen to the voice of the Basic Law

    Posted Mar 05th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... (unwritten) explicitly in the mini-constitution (and by extension, any piece of legislation) can be construed as legal and open to interpretation. This is the standard toolkit of some segments of the legal profession. No wonder they are sometimes called the 'devil's advocate'. What is wrong with the central government's restatement that Hong Kong, being an integral part ...

  9. Work starts on delta bridge after legal delay

    Posted Dec 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com Construction has finally begun on the giant Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge after a legal challenge to its environmental assessment report delayed it by a year. That delay meant extra manpower and equipment would be needed to meet the 2016 deadline for the mammoth project, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen reiterated at a launch ceremony yesterday. ...

  10. Delta bridge can go ahead as legal challenge ends

    Posted Oct 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com The legal challenge to construction of a bridge across the Pearl River estuary to Macau and Zhuhai is over. Yesterday's deadline ... The bridge will start from a point on Lantau island near Tung Chung. The case was upheld in the Court of First Instance but overturned on appeal by the government in September. It cost the Legal Aid ...




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