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  1. Legal secrets

    Posted Sep 07th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Article 30 states that privacy of communication cannot be infringed upon except by 'relevant authorities... in accordance with legal procedures to meet the needs of public security ... Prosecutor David Fitzpatrick in the Li Man-tak case, involving bribery charges, argued that the ICAC's internal guidelines and standing orders qualified as 'legal procedures' but Judge ...

  2. Defence rings hollow

    Posted Aug 18th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Much of the debate regarding Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's executive order on covert surveillance revolves around two concepts: law, and 'legal procedures ... in accordance with legal procedures, to meet the needs of public security or of investigation into criminal offences'. In the absence of a law on covert surveillance, the chief executive issued ...

  3. Why duck the legislative process?

    Posted Aug 15th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... but it has to be strictly regulated. This is the spirit of Article 30 of the Basic Law which requires compliance with 'legal procedures'. However, since colonial times, in the absence ... procedures' is to duck the issue. If an executive order has the force of legal authority, and the chief executive is willing to use executive power to forge an executive-led system- which Beijing ...

  4. Give us affordable fees for legal services, not pro bono gimmicks

    Posted Apr 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Consider outgoing Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang's opinion that pro bono services are much needed ('Chief justice steps up bid for more free legal help', April 19). How ... Stuart Mill observed, charity's immediate effect on some is apt to be at complete war with its ultimate consequence to the general good. What the public wants from the legal profession ...

  5. Cat abuse outrage

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... In the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has the legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals. In the Netherlands, 125 police ... by various concern groups. Offenders get up to three years' jail and a fine of HK$200,000. The police say they are holding a review about procedures in arresting animal abusers. ...

  6. Hong Kong needs legal clarity on assisted suicide

    Posted Feb 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Grenville Cross The University of Hong Kong's Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention reported last month that the suicide rate now stands at 13.6 per 100,000 people, and predicted a rise in 2012. While most suicides are associated with personal t ...

  7. Lawyers win role for people facing labour-camp cases

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

    ... notoriously secret procedures. The Chongqing Justice Administration announced the step on its website and said it had taken effect this month. The regulation had been finalised with the municipal Public Security Bureau, it said. The administration said the rules meant lawyers could meet suspects, get details of cases from the authorities and offer legal opinions on the procedures, whether ...

  8. Legal change after Octopus scandal leaves loophole, says privacy chief

    Posted Apr 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Kang-chung and Simpson Cheung Legal changes proposed in the wake of last year's scandal over the sale of personal data by the issuer of the Octopus smartcards leave what critics- including the privacy commissioner- say is a big loophole that still leaves consumers' data at risk. In amending the privacy law, the government has backed away from an 'opt-in' ...

  9. Twin track on refugees leads many into limbo

    Posted Jun 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Refugee Convention extended to it. The central government adopted the convention 28 years ago, and Macau adopted it in 2004, joining 144 of the 192 countries in the UN. It is the key legal document in defining who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states, and was approved by the UN in 1951. The government has no intention of changing the situation. When asked ...

  10. Improved pro bono services on agenda after chief justice's call

    Posted Apr 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to co-ordinate those efforts. In his speech at the opening of the legal year in January, Li said: 'The practice of law cannot be treated merely as a business. All lawyers should contribute ... and effective use.' Last week a judiciary spokesman said: 'There are many litigants in person who cannot afford legal representation but are not eligible for legal aid. The chief justice ...




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