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  1. 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

    ... Keira Lu Huang, Keith Zhai and Agencies Proposed restriction on mainland lawyers is a blow to advocates who use social media to publicise cases that embarrass party Mainland code seeks ... The draft rules stipulate that lawyers cannot make “misleading” comments, issue open letters or incite demonstrations to pressure courts or judges to review decisions. Article 85 of the code states: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1535260/mainland-china-code-seeks-muzzle-lawyers-who-publicise-cases-through
  2. 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

    ... approve charges following 37 days of criminal detention, police can carry on detaining individuals for several months more, during which time an indictment can be issued, leading to trial ...

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

    Transgender marriage legal by July even if government misses deadline

    Posted May 27th 2014, 04:22am by Phila Siu

    ... yesterday that the government's slowness to act had given lawmakers too little time to discuss the bill. He said that while the Court of Final Appeal issued its ruling in May last year, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1519694/transgender-marriage-legal-july-even-if-government-misses-deadline
  4. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Academic weighs in on 'lenient' sentence

    Posted May 21st 2014, 04:50am by Eddie Lee, Danny Mok

    ... the whole social background. We've never seen in Hong Kong things we've seen recently- like trespass at a military site- and challenges to laws." He said activists may be testing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1516822/academic-weighs-lenient-sentence
  5. News - China - LAW

    Bail for accused ivory buyer was legal, county officials say

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 04:12pm by MANDY ZUO

    ... the letter said Li deserved leniency in the interests of “maintaining social stability”. Li had health issues and was eligible for release on medical grounds, the county government said, according ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com Police released a businessman who ran "key" company in Shuangfeng in Hunan after receiving letter warning about risks to social stability A county ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1486841/bail-accused-ivory-buyer-was-legal-county-officials-say
  6. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Prosecution guidelines still a letdown, says veteran barrister

    Posted Apr 26th 2014, 05:37am by Stuart Lau

    ... issues for determination "require the application of community standards and/or values", on top of existing principles including expected sentence lengths. The department said ... a socially significant case about a well-known tycoon's money-laundering trial held in the District Court, Blanchflower said. The choice of courts predetermines the maximum possible sentence. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1497183/prosecution-guidelines-still-letdown-says-veteran-barrister
  7. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    US academic eyes fellowship for law graduates

    Posted May 15th 2014, 03:59am by Stuart Lau

    ... of public law. "I chose Hong Kong because it has serious social problems but, unlike [mainland] China, there is still rule of law," he said. "So I feel there is great potential ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1512202/former-us-legal-academic-wants-set-fellowship-law-grads-help-minority
  8. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Hong Kong's top judge says Basic Law will be interpreted in a 'generous manner'

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 03:15am by Stuart Lau

    ... immigrants' residency time to qualify for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance from seven years to one. The issues were met with protests, but in the lecture at Lingnan University yesterday, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1451012/top-judge-geoffrey-ma-calls-respect-basic-human-rights
  9. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Harsh government test denying needy legal aid, Bar Association says

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by Austin Chiu

    ... probable than not that the issue of fact will be decided in the appellant's favour. "But it has to be satisfied that the appellant has shown that there is a 'reasonable, as opposed to a fanciful, chance of the court at trial deciding that issue of fact in his favour'." The judge also noted that the department, instead of admitting it had applied a wrong test, had claimed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1466518/harsh-government-test-denying-needy-legal-aid-bar-association-says
  10. Business - China Business - LAW

    Hong Kong investors at a disadvantage when firms with assets in China go bankrupt

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 03:07pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... position to handle many issues on behalf of the Hong Kong creditors and shareholders as well as those from the mainland. "Under the mainland Enterprise Bankruptcy Law, any reorganisation plan ... the Chinese courts determine the issues than a Hong Kong court-appointed receiver." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1463814/hong-kong-investors-disadvantage-when-firms-assets-mainland

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