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  1. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Hong Kong chief justice weighs in for the first time on Beijing white paper

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 07:37pm by Tony Cheung

    ... and professional qualities should be the only criteria in a judge's appointment. Ma said the public could assess whether the city's courts remained independent based on four factors: the views ... "largely the same" as Li's. Former University of Hong Kong law dean Professor Johannes Chan Man-mun said the public should listen to the views of Li and Ma. "The central government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1575016/hk-chief-justice-weighs-first-time-beijing-white-paper
  2. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Lawyers decide on no confidence vote against president tonight

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 04:13am by Joyce Ng and Jeffie Lam

    ... in protest against the document. His comment that "the Community Party is great" fuelled the flames. Lam could not be reached for comment yesterday. A public relations officer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1573021/lawyers-decide-no-confidence-vote-against-president-tonight
  3. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Solicitors under pressure as Law Society president vote approaches

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:10am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... of Lam are seeking publicly and privately to win votes from the 7,400 solicitors who make up the society's membership. Some solicitors said they had also come under pressure behind closed ... the Bar, in its rush to seize the moral high ground, has pulled wool over the eyes of the public," wrote Woo. A source close to the society's council and an ally of Lam said the result ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570818/solicitors-under-pressure-law-society-president-vote-approaches
  4. News - China - LAW

    Zhang Sizhi, lawyer for detained journalist, points to legal breach by authorities

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 04:10am by Verna Yu

    ... who is also defending lawyer Pu Zhiqiang- arrested during the recent round of suppression- said he worried about Pu's health and was demanding the authorities grant him bail on medical ... was detained. They also took several of his associates, including his niece and lawyer- Qu Zhenhong- into custody. Zhang, who is in Hong Kong for the recent publication of his biography, said: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1555911/zhang-sizhi-lawyer-detained-journalist-points-legal-breach-authorities
  5. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Wedding bells ring for transgender people

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:23am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... on the 'W' case". Leung said more than 100 transsexual people had completed full sex-change surgery at public hospitals, while about the same number had undergone the procedure overseas. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555449/wedding-bells-ring-transgender-people
  6. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Corruption seen as 'socially acceptable': law professor

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:15am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... the public to doubt judicial independence, adding: "The secretary of justice has the responsibility to come out and explain it." On police chief Andy Tsang Wai-hung's statement ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1554971/corruption-seen-socially-acceptable-law-professor
  7. News - China - LAW

    New tribunal to review environmental lawsuits and offer advice to lower courts

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 04:36am by Li Jing

    ... expertise among judges in the long run. As a result, these judges will likely accept more environmental litigation in the public interest. The newly revised Environmental Protection Law allows only government-backed organisations to sue polluters on behalf of the public, barring many independent and grass-roots groups who have been active in helping pollution victims. The supreme court would also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1546086/new-tribunal-review-environmental-lawsuits-and-offer-advice-lower-courts
  8. News - China - LAW

    Chinese court hands down harsh jail sentences to New Citizen Movement activists

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 10:34am by Patrick Boehler

    ... All three were convicted of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", while Liu and Wei were also found guilty of "gathering a crowd to disrupt public order in a public ... was imprisoned for four years in January for disrupting public order. Legal experts and rights groups said the trials showed the government's resolve in muzzling critics and stamping out organised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1536010/three-new-citizen-movement-activists-xinyu-sentenced-prison
  9. News - China - LAW

    Lawyers slam draft code to muzzle those who publicise cases online

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 03:16am by Keira Lu Huang, Keith Zhai

    ... Lawyers who fight judicial injustice have been dubbed “fight to the end” lawyers by the public. Unlike many countries where the public can easily attend public hearings, mainland authorities ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1535260/mainland-china-code-seeks-muzzle-lawyers-who-publicise-cases-through
  10. News - China - LAW

    Prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang could face lengthy jail term, defence lawyer fears

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:12am by Verna Yu

    ... and formal sentencing. Zhang said earlier this week that Pu had been denied bail by the police and they would likely press criminal charges against him. He also wrote that the health of Pu, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1530425/prominent-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-could-face-lengthy-jail-term-fellow

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