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  1. Beauty queen excused from jury service

    Posted Aug 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yvonne Tsui Miss Hong Kong, Tracy Ip Chui-chui, was excused from serving on the jury of a High Court trial yesterday. Ms Ip told the court that she would not be able to attend because she had to work in Macau next week. Her request was approved by the judge on the grounds that jury service would cause unnecessary inconvenience. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/690931/beauty-queen-excused-jury-service
  2. Government told asylum plan needs improving

    Posted Sep 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to those who apply under the UN convention. The Duty Lawyer Scheme currently provides legal services for a small handling fee in the magistrates' courts for minor offences. The lawyers ... are made across the board. Hong Kong's two legal professional bodies have already unanimously rejected the proposed scheme, while lawmakers in a Legislative Council panel meeting yesterday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/694026/government-told-asylum-plan-needs-improving
  3. For and against: Hong Kong juries on trial

    Posted Oct 27th 2009, 12:00am by Sunny Tse

    ... than 800 years and is the cornerstone of many legal systems around the globe, it is still far from flawless. The Jury Ordinance states that any Hong Kong resident, aged 21-65, who is of a sound mind and a good character can be selected for jury service, as long as they possess sufficient knowledge of the language in which the trial is conducted and have no disabilities that prevent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696529/and-against-hong-kong-juries-trial
  4. Sharing the time of their lives

    Posted Nov 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... academic staff from 17 jurisdictions and about 1,500 students. It incorporates the Department of Law, the Department of Professional Legal Education and four research centres- in comparative ... something professional', despite having been in the arts stream in secondary school. Another HKU graduate who followed the traditional path from law to public service is Andrew Liao ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/699247/sharing-time-their-lives
  5. 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 ... when Martin Lee Chu-ming suggested that since Chinese would now be used in courts and English-language proficiency would be removed as a jury-service requirement, jury trials should be extended ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/694518/lawyers-hope-reopen-debate-jury-system
  6. Legal advice to be taken on tightening civil servant job curbs

    Posted Jul 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung The Civil Service Bureau will seek legal advice on whether proposals to tighten restrictions on post-service employment of senior civil servants would contravene human ... jobs. Secretary for the Civil Service Denise Yue Chung-yee told the Legislative Council's public services panel yesterday that her bureau would seek the Department of Justice's opinion ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/686752/legal-advice-be-taken-tightening-civil-servant-job-curbs
  7. Legal action urged to rein in cut-price clinics

    Posted Jun 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... to middlemen, a lawmaker has warned. Companies that pay for their employees' health services or patients who join medical schemes are kept in the dark about how their money is used, said Leung ... that run chains of clinics or outsource medical services. He said patients were given the cheapest drugs, usually costing less than HK$20, in order to save money. Patients covered by the medical ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/684432/legal-action-urged-rein-cut-price-clinics
  8. Beijing allows foreigners to set up partnerships

    Posted Dec 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... on the mainland, to help spur development of industries including services,' the cabinet said. Partnerships generally enjoy more flexibility in management structure and capital contribution than corporations. Many accountancies, law firms and investment firms are run as partnerships. Except for limited partnerships, owners are not protected by limitations on their legal liabilities, unlike ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700162/beijing-allows-foreigners-set-partnerships
  9. China Mobile's Taiwan deal faces legal hurdle

    Posted May 08th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... after the island's authorities said there were no near-term plans to open basic telecommunications services to mainland firms. 'We have no plans to allow mainland investments in type ... satellite and data communication services, while type 2 includes value-added networking services and telephone-card sales. Comments by senior Taiwan officials yesterday sent a strong signal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679582/china-mobiles-taiwan-deal-faces-legal-hurdle
  10. Public consultation will focus on promoting mediation services

    Posted May 08th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for legislation, Mr Wong said. The promotion of mediation has featured high on the government's agenda to promote Hong Kong as an international legal services hub. Mediation is also being championed ... Albert Wong A public consultation on how to better promote and implement mediation services in the city will take place early next year, following the completion of a report this December, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679539/public-consultation-will-focus-promoting-mediation-services

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