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  1. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741029/jurys-out
  2. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Legal aid error may have denied justice to Hong Kong's poor

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 04:59am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Inquiry demanded after court papers show the wrong test for funding application was used for civil case for the third time, at least Legal aid error may have denied justice to poor The Legal Aid Department has repeatedly used the wrong test to assess whether or not to fund civil cases, raising concerns that the poor have been denied access ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1404142/legal-aid-error-may-have-denied-justice-hong-kongs-poor
  3. News - World - MOTORING

    General Motors seeks protection from legal claims for pre-2009 conduct

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 10:01pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Detroit General Motors to seek protection from claims General Motors has revealed in court filings that it will soon ask a judge to shield the company from legal claims ... February. With the motion, GM is trying to limit its legal liability in the cases while at the same time it considers compensation for families of crash victims. Attorney Robert Hilliard filed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1484495/general-motors-seeks-protection-legal-claims-pre-2009-conduct
  4. News - Hong Kong

    Pan-democrats’ stand ‘unfavourable’ to reach consensus, says top legal professor

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 12:39pm

    ... Tony Cheung tony.cheung@scmp.com Albert Chen questions whether public nomination demand is ‘realistic’ Pan-democrats’ insistence on public nomination is an “unfavourable” approach to reach consensus, a pro-Beijing legal scholar warned today. Basic Law Committee member and University of Hong Kong law professor Albert Chen Hung-yee’s warning came a day after pan-democratic lawmakers said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1482819/pan-democrats-stand-unfavourable-reach-consensus-says-top-legal
  5. Beijing must reform mainland's flawed and unfair legal system

    Posted Apr 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and Taiwan lawyer Yu-Jie Chen pointed out ('Law unto itself', April 1), its 'domestic legal system' is harming its image globally. It is ignoring obligations made through the United Nations and in conventions with other countries. Beijing should be ensuring a judicial process which is fair, open and equal with all defendants being entitled to legal representation. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/710815/beijing-must-reform-mainlands-flawed-and-unfair-legal-system
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/975301/procedure-law-needs-do-itself-justice
  7. 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.' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/698046/district-court-jury-trials-review-rejected
  8. Lawyers hope to reopen debate on jury system

    Posted Oct 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... nearly half of criminal cases in the District Court last year were heard in Chinese. The chairwoman of Legco's legal services panel, Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, confirmed she had been approached ... jurisdiction. A judiciary spokesman said it had 'no intention at present to conduct an overall 'criminal justice review'. But the judiciary will continue to review criminal procedure from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/694518/lawyers-hope-reopen-debate-jury-system
  9. Lifestyle - Family & Education - PERSPECTIVE

    Perspectives: studying our legal system could benefit mainland

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 01:06pm by RONALD TENG

    ... by the defeat, Chen told the conference he was amazed by Hong Kong's legal system. The trial procedures were fair, just and transparent- all qualities that were lacking in the courts where he ... Ronald Teng life@scmp.com Legal system can teach some invaluable lessons " Non vitae, sed scholae, discimus " (we learn not for life, but for school) was the lament of the Roman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1402416/perspectives-studying-our-legal-system-could-benefit
  10. Under threat

    Posted Jan 20th 2010, 12:00am by Jerome Cohen

    ... the criminal code in several ways that threaten the modified adversarial legal system that Taiwan adopted a decade ago. Instead of supporting the equal contest between prosecutors and defence lawyers ... against media pressure, but Taiwan has no juries. More problematic is the proposal to punish lawyers not only for contempt of court but also for contempt of prosecutors! Legal systems require ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/704124/under-threat

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