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  1. 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 ... is not charity but affordable service that is accountable and effective. People aren't interested in playing at being beneficiaries when in fact they are benefactors- helping legal apprentices cut ...

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

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

    ... recognises that the legal profession is already making a worthwhile contribution in providing pro bono services, but suggests that they need to do more in this area. 'If individual lawyers ... scheme and the free legal advice service, or by a new organisation. This is a matter for the administration to consider.' A Home Affairs Bureau spokesman said: 'The administration ...

  3. Lawyer sues 1,148 prison officers

    Posted Sep 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu More than 1,100 Correctional Services officers are being sued by a lawyer for more than HK$7 million in legal fees he says they have failed to pay for three years since ... million worth of legal services his two law firms provided to members of the officers' association for the lawsuits. Settlement would mean each officer paying about HK$6,200 on average. ...

  4. Chief justice steps up bid for more free legal help

    Posted Apr 19th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... support. Andrew Li Kwok-nang takes early retirement in September and is becoming increasingly vocal about his desire to see more pro bono- free legal services- efforts by lawyers, and improvements or additions made to the existing infrastructure to co-ordinate those services. A judiciary spokesman said: 'There are many litigants in person who cannot afford legal representation ...

  5. Lawyers offer rare praise for government on legal aid reform

    Posted Oct 20th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... made before.' Baretto said the HK$100 million in earmarked funds was a little surprising. It indicated that the government did not lack funds for legal aid services, he said. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, chairwoman of the Legislative Council panel on the administration of justice and legal services, called the announcement 'a very good sign' that 'shows at least ...

  6. The key to providing a level legal playing field

    Posted Dec 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ...-sector lawmaker Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee has indicated she would raise the issue of considering similar laws for the Law Reform Commission in the administration of justice and legal services panel ... that both individuals and companies are treated fairly. However, to keep the playing field level, laws must be constantly revised if not reformed. Members of the legal community who volunteer ...

  7. Timetable urged for replies to legal aid fears

    Posted Oct 01st 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... At the meeting of the Legislative Council's panel on the administration of justice and legal services, they complained that the administration had made no headway since the previous meeting two ... committee. But Grace Lui Kit-yuk, deputy secretary for home affairs, said the bureau needed to wait for the Legal Aid Services Council, which is conducting a study on expanding legal aid expected ...

  8. Critics hit out at foot-dragging over legal aid

    Posted Sep 30th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... of time...' The Legco panel on the administration of justice and legal services, chaired by Ng, meets today to discuss the proposal for legal aid reform, made by the Home Affairs Bureau which ... on expanding legal aid to the Legal Aid Services Council. The bureau, it said, had not conducted any study on implementing amendments the association proposed to the financial eligibility limits. ...

  9. Legal representation for lower ranks moves closer

    Posted Mar 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung A law change to allow disciplined services staff legal representation in disciplinary hearings will be presented to legislators for debate by July. The move follows ... of allowing an officer to have legal representation in disciplinary hearings.' Clauses in laws governing the police, Government Flying Service and the fire service, correctional, customs ...

  10. More legal rights for government workers

    Posted May 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang The government is to propose an amendment that will allow staff legal representation in disciplinary hearings, with written, audio and video recordings permitted as records of their hearings. The Civil Service Bureau intends to brief the Legislative Council public service panel on the law amendment on June 21. The move comes after a Court of Final Appeal ruling in March last ...




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