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  1. Appeal court agrees torture claimants must first overstay visa

    Posted Apr 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... 'overstayers' before they can lodge an appeal to stay in the city. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann said the United Nations convention was silent on the exact way an application had to be processed, as long ... because physical evidence of past torture can fade as the process is delayed. Hartmann agreed with Mr Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung's Court of First Instance judgment that without a special ...

  2. History will judge minimum wage decision, court rules

    Posted May 16th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... on Wednesday. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann in the Court of First Instance made the observation as he dismissed an application for judicial review of the chief executive's refusal to implement ... like her, but preferred to use non-legislative measures to solve it. To do otherwise risked disturbing Hong Kong's free market system. Mr Justice Hartmann found that even if Ms Chan's ...

  3. Police boss' secretary loses forced retirement appeal

    Posted Sep 08th 2005, 12:00am by Jonathan Li

    ... Jonathan Li A police commander's secretary lost her appeal against being forced into retirement for being persistently late arriving for work. Justice Michael Hartmann yesterday ... register to make it look as if she had arrived on time, despite being 30 minutes late. In March last year, the police commissioner ordered Ms Tang to retire. Mr Justice Hartmann, in the Court ...

  4. 'Mystery man' who faces secret charges wins bail

    Posted Jul 08th 2004, 12:00am by Sara Bradford

    ... nor his legal team had been fully informed of the case against him. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann, in the Court of First Instance, was forced to skirt the details in open court yesterday when he ... William Marshall SC, successfully moved for the order to be stayed until tomorrow to allow him time to take advice on whether the government would appeal. Mr Justice Hartmann said he could ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - PROFILE

    Trusted judge who fought for legal integrity of city

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com Mr Justice Michael Hartmann began his career as a reporter in Africa, and carried his liberal attitudes into the city's highest courtrooms Trusted judge who fought for legal integrity of HK Mr Justice Michael Hartmann may not be the most publicly visible judge to have served in the High Court but few equal his reputation for handing down ...

  6. Rebel radio to stay off air until court ruling

    Posted Jan 20th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong Rebel broadcaster Citizens' Radio is staying off air this weekend despite the lifting of an injunction against it on Friday. High Court judge Michael Hartmann did ... who is involved with the station, said they would stay off air at least until tomorrow, when Mr Justice Hartmann delivers his reasons for not renewing the injunction. But the judge ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong's top judges are best defence of independent judiciary

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... regardless of popularity or whether they accord with the government's wishes. Earlier, writing in the Hong Kong Lawyer magazine, Michael Hartmann, a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final ...

  8. Radio activists win right to review of magistrate's powers

    Posted Feb 29th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Michael Hartmann yesterday granted leave for an application for judicial review into the January 8 suspension by Magistrate Douglas Yau Tak-hong of a ruling by which he found the government's ... licensing arrangements into chaos. Mr Justice Hartmann is due to begin hearing that appeal soon. It was argued yesterday that it would also be a convenient time to review whether or not Mr Yau, ...

  9. Judge refuses to block radio broadcasts

    Posted Jan 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... into the constitutionality of the broadcast licensing law. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann, of the Court of First Instance, said there was no evidence that continued broadcasting by the maverick station posed any danger to public safety, as the government had claimed in seeking the injunction. The ruling came three days after Mr Justice Hartmann refused to continue a temporary injunction issued on January 10 ...

  10. Congolese torture claimant takes his fight to High Court

    Posted Feb 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui A refugee from Congo yesterday asked the High Court to quash a government's decision to prosecute him for illegal entry before his torture claim application was concluded. Denis Chang SC, representing the applicant in the judicial review before Mr Justice Michael Hartmann, argued that the government had acted irrationally and had breached ...




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