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  1. News - Hong Kong - JUSTICE

    Lack of transparency on legal aid decisions criticised

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 11:25am by Austin Chiu

    ... for theft and deception. Criminal legal aid provides a solicitor's services and, if necessary, a barrister to represent the defendant in cases tried in the District Court and Court of First ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Law Society vice-president urges Legal Aid Department to clarify its reasons behind decisions on whether or not to fund criminal appeals 'Black ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1468768/lack-transparency-legal-aid-decisions-criticised
  2. News - Hong Kong - ELECTORAL REFORM

    Top HKU legal scholars split over democracy expert's plan for 2017 election

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 04:02am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... Jeffie Lam jeffie.lam@scmp.com Professors offer arguments for a big or small nominating committee HKU legal scholars split over reform plan Two top legal professors at the University ... the current one that is not capable of doing so," he said, elaborating on his idea to the South China Morning Post. Echoing the views of former civil service minister Joseph Wong Wing-ping, who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1464191/top-hku-legal-scholars-split-over-democracy-experts-plan-2017
  3. News - Hong Kong

    Top legal professors divided on chief executive nomination

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 11:28am

    ... Jeffie Lam jeffie.lam@scmp.com Size of selection body questioned by academics Two top legal professors at the University of Hong Kong are split on a suggestion by a prominent international ... Post. Echoing the views of former civil service minister Joseph Wong Wing-ping, who also suggested constituting the Legco as the nominating committee, Diamond said in a written submission to HKU ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1463675/top-legal-professors-divided-chief-executive-nomination
  4. News - Hong Kong - BROADCASTING

    Ricky Wong's plans for mobile TV hangs on legal grey area

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 03:15am by Stuart Lau and Amy Nip

    ... Stuart Lau and Amy Nip Experts say government's justification for rejecting HKTV service rests on uncertain legal distinction between traditional and new media Wong's mobile TV ... of his mobile television service hanging in the balance, legal experts say. The laws contain "grey areas" and are outdated, they say. At issue is Wong's plan to use ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1447292/ricky-wongs-plans-mobile-tv-hangs-legal-grey-area
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Legal reforms in China needed to help service sector, improve social stability

    Posted Nov 04th 2013, 05:21am by WINSTON MOK

    ... For Shanghai's free trade zone and Shenzhen's Qianhai to be competitive in international financial services, they may need to be "special legal zones"- with much better rule of law. ... Winston Mok Winston Mok says centralising mainland courts would reduce meddling by local governments Legal reforms would go a long way towards improving social stability In the upcoming ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1345374/legal-reforms-china-needed-help-service-sector-improve
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Poor let down by lack of access to legal services

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 12:00am by DENNIS KWOK

    ... Dennis Kwok Dennis Kwok says an independent legal aid authority is long overdue Poor being let down by lack of access to court services Justice cannot be upheld if citizens do not have ... the right to legal advice and access to courts. Legal aid is a service that the modern state owes to its citizens who cannot afford private legal services. After all, the state is responsible ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1056454/poor-let-down-lack-access-legal-services
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCING

    Private lending 'legal' in Wenzhou

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 02:59am by Bloomberg

    ... service firms and lending service institutions, three types of intermediaries that are not part of the legal financial system elsewhere on the mainland, Xinhua reported. Such lending service ... Bloomberg in Beijing Private lending made 'legal' in Wenzhou Private lending was formally legalised in Wenzhou at the weekend as the central government seeks to improve smaller ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1438786/private-lending-legal-wenzhou
  8. News - Hong Kong - BROADCASTING

    Ricky Wong warned two months ago about plans to upgrade mobile TV service

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 01:39pm by VIVIENNE CHOW AND AMY NIP

    ... free service was the reason it terminated Wong's lease of TVB's hilltop transmission sites. "We may also be legally liable if the unlawful broadcast is transmitted from our ... want him to succeed. But there is a legal issue here." HKTV chairman Wong had hoped to make a comeback with a mobile service through the HK$142 million acquisition of mobile TV licensee ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1447042/telecom-watchdog-defends-stance-hktv-mobile-service-plan
  9. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Tomorrow has already arrived when it comes to legal training

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:13am by MICHAEL LOWER

    ... of legal work to other types of businesses, which will bring new ideas and other types of expertise to the provision of legal services. Information technology is the third disrupting force he ... a Legal Education and Training Review to look at how English legal education should respond to the changing environment for the provision of legal services. The first stage of the review ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1439531/tomorrow-has-already-arrived-when-it-comes-legal-training
  10. News - China

    With legal reforms, China wants less interfering in cases, fewer death penalty crimes

    Posted Mar 09th 2014, 02:43pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing China has curtailed the power of the ruling Communist Party’s Political and Legal Committee, a secretive body overseeing the security services, to interfere in most legal cases, scholars with knowledge of the situation said- a significant reform at a time of public discontent over miscarriages of justice. The move, which has not been made public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1444263/legal-reforms-china-wants-less-interfering-cases-fewer-death-penalty

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