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  1. Care needed in tinkering with taxi fare system

    Posted Nov 13th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... set fares for long trips and making it a crime for passengers to seek fare deductions. Care should, however, be taken before any drastic measures are adopted. Our taxi system generally works ...

  2. Understanding one country, two systems

    Posted Jan 10th 2011, 12:00am by Michael Taylor

    ... of law at City University (CityU). Students from the mainland are attracted by the chance to gain an understanding of Hong Kong's legal system, which is based on the common law model. Most ... In addition to a general stream, there are streams focusing on Chinese and comparative law, common law, international economic law and maritime and transportation law. Students can complete ...

  3. Better legal system in HK could get rid of need for recovery agents

    Posted Oct 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The ongoing debate on recovery agents has revealed some fundamental problems in Hong Kong's legal system. There is no statutory prohibition against recovery agents. If the judiciary ... In a liberal economy, pricing is a market issue. Government interventions on behalf of the public interest are legitimate, such as in public transport and utilities, if they represent public opinion ...

  4. Who will police the idling ban, and why is the penalty so small?

    Posted May 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The watered-down Motor Vehicle Idling (Fixed Penalty) Bill was discussed at the Legislative Council on April 28 ('Cabbies flex muscles as bill on idling engines is introduced', April 29). It appears that this bill, when enacted, will be as ineff ...

  5. Man held for Octopus card fraud

    Posted Mar 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Police yesterday arrested a civil servant for stealing funds from the Octopus card of a woman who disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Malaysia. However, officers believe the suspect, an employee of the Electrical and Mechanical Services De ...

  6. Truck driver in fatal accident denies driving dangerously

    Posted Apr 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of them because the vehicle was scheduled for a service nine days later. He insisted that he did not know there was problem with the braking system. But the court heard that an expert's report said poor maintenance had contributed to the malfunction of the vehicle. The expert said a braking system would not fail suddenly but would lose efficiency gradually. He said Lee would ...

  7. Perverse logic of drivers in hit-and-runs

    Posted May 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... logic existed because of the mainland's underdeveloped personal injury compensation system. 'In fact, if the driver buys compulsory insurance for traffic accidents, as required, ...

  8. A danger to drivers that must be addressed

    Posted Jul 04th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong may have world-class roads but they are not necessarily safe to use. Thanks to a loophole in the decades-old penalty system for driving offences, around 740 dangerous ... decided to act now because of reports in the news media. The loophole is rooted in the way the penalty points system operates. After a driver collects 15 or more points for traffic offences, he ...

  9. Railways ministry reform under way

    Posted May 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com China's Ministry of Railways has been stripped of its powers to hear transport cases in its own courts. In a move welcomed by critics of the ministry's power, the jurisdiction of the China Court of Railway Transportation has been transferred to local governments. 'It is a step to show the market that the Railways Ministry is starting ...

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    Overseas judges vital for Hong Kong's common law system

    Posted Nov 14th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... The latest call to remove overseas judges from the top bench raises serious concerns about our legal system. The arrangements for the top court were thoroughly discussed by Britain and China two ... with other common law jurisdictions. It also plays a part in strengthening jurisprudence. The system, on the whole, has been working well. The Basic Law clearly recognises the contribution ...




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