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  1. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Reform gets tough on squatters' rights

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 04:33am by Phila Siu

    ... of adverse possession be recast under the prospective registered land system. Registration should itself provide a means of protection against adverse possession," the report says. "This is to give effect to the objective of a registered land system- that registration alone should transfer or confer title." Chan said a problem squatters now faced was that they had to go through ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1620841/reform-gets-tough-squatters-rights
  2. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Qianhai court in Shenzhen to allow Hong Kong jurors to deal with Hong Kong-related cases

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 04:03am by CHRIS LAU

    ... jury system that will allow Hong Kong residents to join its legal panel, mainland media reported. The Qianhai District Court will invite Hongkongers to take part in its three-member judging ... aimed to "maximise benefits for litigants". But the change- which Ye stressed was designed to incorporate more Hong Kong elements into the commercial part of the mainland legal system ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1563778/qianhai-court-shenzhen-allow-hong-kong-jurors-deal-hong-kong-related
  3. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Corruption seen as 'socially acceptable': law professor

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

    ... was evident despite higher awareness of the importance of a sound legal system. "Corruption has grown more serious," the academic and barrister said. "It's not even about people ... and wholesome system of judicial independence," Chan said. "We could rely on economic prowess as an advantage 20 to 30 years ago but that's all gone now- the rule of law is our only ...

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

    Winemaker Penfolds in legal battle with 'trademark squatters' over right to use its Chinese name

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 04:03pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... and that Treasury would continue legal procedures to assert trademark rights over its chosen Chinese name. “This appeal is still pending and it will take time for the Chinese legal system to process ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1554016/winemaker-penfolds-locked-legal-battle-over-right-use-its-chinese
  5. News - China - LAW

    Pilot programme aims to improve quality of China's top judges and prosecutors

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 04:02am by Keith Zhai

    ... professional judiciary The system for appointing judges and prosecutors is to be overhauled and local governments will also have less control over the courts as part of a series of trial reforms to the mainland's judicial system. An unnamed senior official serving the Communist Party's judicial reform panel told Xinhua yesterday judges and prosecutors would be managed separately from the rest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1533639/pilot-programme-aims-improve-quality-top-judges-and-prosecutors
  6. 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

    ... legal and political system as well as the Communist Party’s policies, the Global Times reported on Wednesday. Offenders could receive wide-ranging penalties, from internal warnings to expulsion ... stopping lawyers from publicising controversial cases and miscarriages of justice. The draft rules are a violation of freedom of speech and a regression in the state legal system’s push ...

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

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

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

    ... street protests, even if their demands appeared consistent with President Xi Jinping's goals of fighting corruption and reforming the judicial system. Dozens of others linked to the movement ...

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

    Prosecution guidelines still a letdown, says veteran barrister

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

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Veteran barrister says prosecution code is unclear on which court to try cases in and neglects importance of the jury system Lawyers' guidelines ... years. But prosecutors who spoke to the Post on condition of anonymity said there were inconveniences in setting up trials in the High Court, and that the jury system was one of them. ...

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

    China planning to open nation's first intellectual property court in Guangdong

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 01:18pm by Keith Zhai

    ... to strengthen its management system to better serve innovative companies and protect them." Zheng E, head of the provincial high people's court, said Guangdong had 306 judges who could handle ... court system, he said. "A special court dealing with IP cases also needs specialised and professional judges, and we have to prepare for that." Xu said the new court's presence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1495031/china-planning-open-first-intellectual-property-court-guangdong
  10. News - China - LAW

    Bail for accused ivory buyer was legal, county officials say

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

    ... of ivory, China Youth Daily reported. He was charged with “illegal operation” instead of the usual “illegal purchase, transport and sales of precious endangered wildlife and products made from it”, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1486841/bail-accused-ivory-buyer-was-legal-county-officials-say

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