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  1. Government court costs at 10-year high of HK$64.3m

    Posted Nov 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and 2011, costing the government an average of HK$165,600 each in legal costs, in a jurisdiction known for having some of the world's costliest lawyers. Although left to each judge's discretion, it is normal practice for the losing party to pay the other side's legal fees in a criminal case. The bills for Nancy Kissel's trial- where the US investment banker's wife ...

  2. Conviction in murder hearing quashed

    Posted Sep 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com The Court of Appeal quashed a man's conviction for murdering a prostitute during a robbery three years ago because of an error by the trial judge. Lam Pui-fung, 33, originally received a life sentence from the Court o ...

  3. Helper cleared of killing employers

    Posted Jun 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... only in June last year. Yesterday he was deported immediately after the jury's acquittal, which cannot be overturned under criminal law procedures. But a friend of Sun and Ng insisted the case was not over. 'Justice has not been seen. The case has not been closed,' he said. He did not elaborate, saying that more legal advice was needed before a decision was made. ...

  4. The jury's out

    Posted Mar 16th 2011, 12:00am by Jerome Cohen

    ... trial. The countries of Northeast Asia have traditionally regarded significant popular participation in the administration of criminal justice as incompatible with national political-legal ... assessors' that China imported almost half a century ago with the rest of the Soviet legal system. Under that system, one or two people's assessors, who in theory have the same voting power ...

  5. Procedure Law needs to do itself justice

    Posted Aug 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... priority on what needs to be changed by amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL). Passed in 1979, the CPL reflected determination to build a country on the rule of law, coming out from ... amendments from the country's legal community is long. But two categories of amendments now seem particularly essential- the introduction of a system to protect the rights of witnesses, which ...

  6. New procedures for handling of petitions issued

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in December, setting down a procedure to cover the situation in which the provincial high courts and the Supreme People's Court can rule that a petitioner's complaint has been dealt with properly. According to the report, the court issued four further guidelines in April, announcing four other procedures to build a 'sustainable system'. The first is a risk assessment ...

  7. Lawyer's trial has legal fraternity riveted

    Posted Apr 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Tze-wei Defence lawyer Li Zhuang faced his second trial in Chongqing yesterday for coaching a witness in a case that legal professionals say tests the country's commitment to the rule of law and will deal a lethal blow to the country's system of jurisprudence if procedures are not properly followed. Dubbed 'season two of the Li Zhuang saga', the Jiangbei ...

  8. Killer driver's appeal rejected

    Posted Dec 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... a vehicle without authority, dangerous driving and driving while over the legal alcohol limit. Yesterday the appeal judges- Mr Justice Michael Hartmann, Madam Justice Clare-Marie Beeson and Mr Justice Andrew Macrae- said Mudd was 'very drunk', his blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit, when he drove Wong's car. Witnesses had testified that at about 3am on June ...

  9. Justice chiefs are forced to beg for court costs bailout

    Posted Nov 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... asking Legco's finance committee for another HK$86.6 million to get it through the year. The request will be debated by Legco's legal panel on Monday. Officials said there was a backlog ... of costs have been incurred. It's the price you have to pay to have a legal system as we do.' While the loser in a civil case often pays the legal costs for the other side, in criminal ...

  10. Tried and tested

    Posted Aug 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the integrity of the related legal proceedings. If a case is before the court for decision, the 'sub judice rule' applies, which means that while the matter is being judicially considered, ... to extraneous influences in the decision-making process. The notion that the judge who has donned his or her wig and gown and entered the courtroom will decide the case in a strictly legal, unemotional ...




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