The ghost of India's Licence Raj lingers on

While the notorious Licence Raj is slowly being phased out, India's legal community remains a closed shop. The situation harms litigants and businesses and, perhaps counter-intuitively, the lawyers themselves.

Tuesday, 1 November, 2011, 12:00am

Bar ponders compulsory tests for trainee barristers

The Bar Association will launch a consultation in about two months on a proposal to require trainee barristers to pass a series of tests before they qualify to practise on their own, the association's chairman says.

Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung SC said the move was aimed at strengthening quality-monitoring of barristers, whose numbers have grown from 683 in 1998 to 1,026.

15 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Policeman challenges sacking over 999 call

A policeman accused of making false 999 calls lost his job because his advocate did a miserable job, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday.

26 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Watchdog group ignores 89pc of hospital gripes

The Hospital Authority dismissed 89 per cent of patient complaints scrutinised by its public complaints committee last year, prompting calls from a patients' rights group for an overhaul.

The 24-member committee also rejected an average of 89 per cent of complaints in the previous four years.

6 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Four Play

Four Play

by Fiona Walker

Hodder & Stoughton, HK$208

With fox hunting banned in Britain - a ban that, although controversial, gained wide support - a fluffy romance that opens with the planning of a hunt ball seems likely to alienate a good many readers from the outset.

14 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Lawyers seek reform of criminal law

Severe restrictions on access rob defendants of their basic rights, say advocates

A semi-official lawyers' group has called for major changes to the Criminal Procedure Law to give advocates greater rights of representation, including guaranteed and unfettered access to their clients within 48 hours of detention.

20 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


Cute as a bug's ear

The Japanese love to buy things that are pink and furry. Hong Kong also has shops full of cute items (that do not have much use) targeted at teenagers.

2 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


Pay discrepancy

I note with interest the letter from Secretary for the Civil Service Joseph W. P. Wong ('Reform the civil service', September 10), which states that civil service pay has been reduced by up to 4.42 per cent while new recruits' salaries have fallen by up to 31 per cent.

There would seem to be some discrepancy between existing and new pay scales.

24 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Devil's Advocate Country Of Origin Tournament 2003

Local teammates swap club allegiances for national colours at this annual rugby tournament marking the end of the domestic season. Pool one boasts New Zealand, Wales, France, Hong Kong and Japan, with Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland and the United States in pool two. Each game lasts 12 minutes and is played to 10-a-side rules. Action on and off the pitch is guaranteed.

23 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Service without a smile

WITH hindsight, it was probably tempting fate to dine at Devil's Advocate, the restaurant filling the spot where Beirut used to be in Wan Chai.

One of our party ordered the 200-gram salmon steak, only to receive a sirloin steak, even though it looked appetising.

29 Aug 1999 - 12:00am