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  1. Present set-up has good checks and balances system

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

    ... accountability from the Legal Aid Services Council. The council was established in September 1996 as an advisory body of the government on publicly funded legal aid services and it was determined ... exactly, will the Home Affairs Bureau bring to the better operation of the LAD? Who will take over the responsibilities of the Legal Aid Services Council? Graham Warburton, Mid-Levels ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/599213/present-set-has-good-checks-and-balances-system
  2. Mainland to relax offshore fund rules

    Posted Sep 07th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai Mainland authorities are expected to relax rules on individuals buying foreign equity-based funds sold by banks, mirroring regulators' efforts to encourage institutional investment on overseas exchanges. The China Securities Jo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/606963/mainland-relax-offshore-fund-rules
  3. Warning on no-fee agents

    Posted Jan 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... of damages awarded to clients. Lawyers told yesterday's meeting of the panel on administration of justice and legal services that they had seen a return of illegal activities by recovery agents ... agents, said he was disappointed there had been no government warning over use of recovery agents. Working party member Szwina Pang She-kwok urged the government to broaden the supplementary legal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/579269/warning-no-fee-agents
  4. Legal hitch delays move for heart machines in buildings

    Posted Mar 05th 2007, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... the legal and medical sectors was that the simpler units were classified as first-aid equipment and could be used by non-medical staff, but that Fire Services and the Department of Health were ... Norma Connolly Plans to introduce life-saving defibrillators to shopping centres and public buildings have been delayed while property companies and the Fire Services Department determine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/583784/legal-hitch-delays-move-heart-machines-buildings
  5. Legal aid change a risk we cannot afford

    Posted Jun 05th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... the government said, was why it had commissioned the Legal Aid Services Council to examine the desirability and feasibility of establishing an independent Legal Aid Authority. Well, the council ... as possible.' The Bar Association also points out that it was not consulted and, apparently, neither was the Legal Aid Services Council. This is very odd. After all, by law, the council ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/595615/legal-aid-change-risk-we-cannot-afford
  6. Lawyers doing criminal legal aid work just want a fair deal

    Posted Jun 21st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... however, is that at present all preparation work for criminal legal aid cases is effectively undertaken for free. Hence, although these solicitors may be called a lot of things, greedy should ... legal assistance. Indeed, this is guaranteed under the Basic Law. The problem is that the government expects criminal solicitors to subsidise the scheme. Our concern is that all the decent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/597607/lawyers-doing-criminal-legal-aid-work-just-want-fair-deal
  7. Concern over move for legal aid office

    Posted May 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ordinance.' Legal Aid Services Council chairman Paul Chan Mo-po said it would step up its monitoring of the department, but he did not believe its independence would be threatened. Law Society ... Support body shift worries rights group Removing the Legal Aid Department from the Administration Wing to the Home Affairs Bureau will also remove 'institutional protection' from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/594610/concern-over-move-legal-aid-office
  8. Safeguarding the equality of legal aid

    Posted Jun 14th 2007, 12:00am by Margaret Ng

    ... in their bid to apply to the courts for a review of the government's policy. The Hong Kong Bar Association and many solicitors formed an emergency group to provide voluntary services. Legal aid ... transfer is that legal aid is a service to the community, and the Home Affairs Bureau is closest to the public. This contradicts the statement of the secretary for constitutional affairs, who said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/596682/safeguarding-equality-legal-aid
  9. New law may allow one-person legal firms

    Posted Jun 26th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with at least three years' experience. The new rules were not only in line with international trends and market operations, but also allowed 'legal services to be provided to different groups ... Lawyers throughout the nation may be allowed to set up one-man legal firms if a proposed amendment to the Lawyers' Law put to the National People's Congress Standing Committee ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/598286/new-law-may-allow-one-person-legal-firms
  10. Legal experts slam portal's censorship

    Posted Feb 11th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vivian Wu Four mainland legal experts have denounced internet portal Sina.com for deleting weblog articles they wrote which contain 'sensitive words', and appealed for awareness ... blog service over the past two years. In the statement, the four said: 'There have been many articles deleted by Sina administrators. 'But recently some articles containing names ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/581676/legal-experts-slam-portals-censorship

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