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  1. District Court jury trials review rejected

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

    ... Albert Wong Calls to review the possibility of having jury trials in the District Court have been rejected by the government, which says it would involve too many resources. In response to a written question by legal-sector lawmaker Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, the government said yesterday: 'The administration is not convinced that a re-examination of this issue is warranted.' ...

  2. New questions over arts hub contest jury

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng and Gary Cheung Questions about the government's handling of controversy over a 2002 design contest for the West Kowloon arts hub have multiplied with the discovery that a foreign member of the judging panel had business links to the winner, ...

  3. Democratic procedures will ensure equal race, says expert

    Posted Jul 13th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee The 'democratic procedures' required for nominating candidates for chief executive mean that anybody interested in joining the race should have an equal chance ... by the nominating committee, the requirement of democratic procedures would be met,' said Professor Chen. 'For example, each interested person could enrol in the race and then it's up ...

  4. Government faces higher legal costs in stadium dispute

    Posted Jul 31st 2004, 12:00am by Sara Bradford

    ... Sara Bradford The government is facing a higher than usual legal bill because of the 'oppressive litigation' it used in a failed attempt to hold Hong Kong Stadium's former ... punishment, involving the payment of the entire legal bill. Common fund is less severe, and costs on a party-to-party basis is the usual level that a court awards. In March, Mr Justice Stone absolved ...

  5. Taxpayers to foot HK$5m legal bill

    Posted Jan 25th 2008, 12:00am by May Chan, Nick Gentle

    ... May Chan and Nick Gentle Taxpayers are expected to pay more than HK$5 million in legal fees that it cost the Medical Council to attempt to prevent its members from advertising. The council's secretariat confirmed yesterday that the Department of Justice had agreed to cover its costs in the lead-up to its appeal over a lower court's declaration that the ban ...

  6. Democrats hit with HK$1m legal fee

    Posted Dec 29th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle The Democratic Party has been ordered to pay more than HK$1 million in legal fees incurred by the government during a failed court bid to prevent the party's membership list being made accessible to the public. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann ruled in the Court of First Instance that the party should bear the costs incurred both by itself and the government during ...

  7. Plan to offer torture claimants legal aid in petition hearings

    Posted Jul 04th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong Enhanced screening procedures in which torture claimants will be legally represented during their application hearings will be implemented by September or October this year. ... assistance to the claimants who lack economic means. 'We would revise the relevant procedures and guidelines to allow legal representatives of claimants to be present at screening interviews. ...

  8. Confidence shaken by hub revelations

    Posted Mar 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... When details of a decade-old project design competition were dug up and turned into 'dark matter' to be used against a front runner in the chief executive race, few expected the issue to become a bombshell for the government. The selective discl ...

  9. Taiwanese firms gain legal umbrella

    Posted Aug 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... cross-strait economic ties. At yesterday's signing ceremony in Taipei, top negotiators from both sides also inked a co-operation agreement aimed at accelerating customs-clearance procedures ... the cross-strait investment-protection pact would provide a legal umbrella for Taiwanese businesses and their operations on the mainland. The pact will be applied retroactively to ongoing trade disputes ...

  10. Free from interference

    Posted Sep 05th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the article headlined 'Domestic helpers accuse legal aid chiefs of holding up pay-cut case' (September 2). I would stress that the Legal Aid Department has total independence and is free from any interference when processing applications for legal aid. In fact, all legal aid applications are processed according to established procedures. Our decision to grant ...




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