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  1. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    No need for independent legal aid service, say advisers in U-turn

    Posted May 13th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Council now says government has not been found to be interfering in the service Advisers make U-turn on legal aid The legal aid service should remain ... to answering to the chief secretary, which would be a reversion to the arrangement in place before 2007. The recommendation was made in a report submitted by the Legal Aid Services Council to the chief ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Juniors may get chance to work in free legal service

    Posted Feb 15th 2008, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui Junior barristers may be hired to assist their seniors in handling cases in the Bar Council's free legal service scheme as they are finding it increasingly difficult to find work. Bar chairman Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung SC, who raised the proposal in a council meeting this month, said the aim was to increase learning opportunities and improve the livelihoods of new ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. New legal blow to civil service pay cuts

    Posted Feb 05th 2005, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung, Patsy Moy

    ... Jimmy Cheung and Patsy Moy 2003 legislation behind a negotiated deal with unions is ruled unconstitutional The government yesterday lost a second key legal battle on civil service pay ... supports the continuity of public-service management. 'I do not find the conduct of a pay-trend survey to be so inherent to the established system of determining pay adjustments that a failure ...

  7. 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. ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - LEGAL SERVICES

    Why 'no win, no fee' is no go for Hong Kong lawyers

    Posted Apr 07th 2013, 12:00am by Patsy Moy, Stuart Lau

    ... the client wins. It's considered a vital way to give those without the means to mount an expensive legal action a shot at justice. In Hong Kong, a lawyer taking on such an action risks falling ... of common law which prohibits parties with no direct interest in a legal action from encouraging and supporting litigation in return for a share of the proceeds from successful lawsuits ...

  9. Prospects for cross-border services

    Posted Sep 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... judiciary systems because legal services go hand in hand with economic growth. With the opening up of the mainland to the global market, the increased volume of international trade could lead to a need for cross-border legal services. The judiciary system in the mainland is comparatively young because it was rebuilt in the late 1980s after the Cultural Revolution, and mainland law ...

  10. The right to jury service or the right to vote?

    Posted May 27th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... for a sweeping transformation of the legal profession and the judicial system. There was a feeling that, in a democracy, ordinary people should play a role in the judicial system and that judges should ... is an initiative developed as part of broader legal reforms aimed at delivering better justice and a more democratic society. In this model, the jury is made up of three judges and six lay people who ...




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