Attorney General

Sitting on a powder keg

The city may face a constitutional crisis if embattled chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen wins the election, an influential legal group warned yesterday.

Friday, 24 February, 2012, 12:00am

In the wrong hands

The price of justice,' said Arnold Bennett, 'is eternal publicity.' A series of recent cases has placed the spotlight on the need for a radical review of the way in which criminal prosecutions are controlled.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Why government lawyers must be politically neutral

China's accession to the World Trade Organisation will have a profound impact on its markets for both goods and services. As far as legal services are concerned, the WTO's requirements of transparent market regulation, improved dispute-resolution procedures and respect for the sanctity of contracts will stimulate further reform and modernisation.

14 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Blue bill on security laws is backed by former attorney-general

Former attorney-general Michael Thomas has backed the government's blue bill on national security legislation, dismissing remaining concerns as matters of refinement.

Referring to fears about proposed closed-door court hearings for groups banned on national security grounds, Mr Thomas said such measures were necessary and common.

17 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Mathews choosing to concentrate on future

The Attorney-General Jeremy Mathews writes you a truly remarkable letter (South China Morning Post, May 26).

He says that there is no reference in the Basic Law to the provisional legislature and it is therefore not surprising that some people are questioning whether it is (will be?) lawful.

13 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Assurance of legal continuity

An article and editorial published in the South China Morning Post, on May 19, raised the spectre of 'chaos' arising in respect of court proceedings that straddle the handover.

By the following day, however, you were able to reassure readers that plans are being drawn up to prevent the collapse of such cases.

In fact, the position is as follows.

23 May 1997 - 12:00am

A-G 'to blame for brain drain'

The Attorney-General is to blame for the brain drain among experienced government prosecutors, it has been claimed.

John Mullick, chairman of the Bar Council's committee on criminal law and procedure, said long-serving lawyers had been forced to leave against their will.

19 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Two years on, silence surrounds Tomson report

MORE than two years have passed since the release of the government inspectors' report on the 1989 takeover of the former World Trade Centre Group, alleging a litany of violations involving Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho.

11 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Important to retain a sense of proportion

Your editorial of August 3 headlined, 'Court trouble', implies that the halting of four trials in eight days arises principally as a result of the 'recent rapid pace of localisation' and the opting for a policy of farming out work in the District Court, where fees are lower, while using inexperienced counsel to prosecute the more complex cases in the High Court.

9 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

A-G's errors 'not for judges to fix'

Judges should not step in to put right blunders made by the Attorney-General, a top Queen's Counsel said yesterday.

Michael Thomas, QC, told Mr Justice Jerome Chan it would 'send shivers down the spine' if the Judiciary acted as a safeguard for mistakes made by the prosecution.

16 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Suspects 'may see secrets'

A Legal Department error in the preparation of documents could lead to suspected criminals gaining access to 'secret' information, the High Court heard yesterday.

The way in which the material was compiled meant details of evidence wanted by the prosecution should be available to any member of the public who wished to see it, the court was told.

13 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Independence of legal profession threatened

The Legal Services Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 1996, recently gazetted, proposes important changes to the legal profession which include abolition of the conveyancing scale fees system. The proposed changes should be considered objectively without emotion, self-interest or prejudice.

21 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Police groups call for vow on legal help

A trend for people found not guilty to initiate private prosecutions against police has prompted staff associations to call for a guarantee of government legal support.

Private summonses have already been issued in three cases this year against six local officers and one expatriate inspector for criminal offences including alleged assault of suspects.

29 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

A-G to set up Basic Law advisory unit

The Attorney-General, Jeremy Mathews, proposed the establishment of a Basic Law Unit headed by a Deputy Principal Crown Counsel to meet the increasing workload in the area in the run-up to 1997.

At present, advice on Basic Law issues is given by the Legal Policy and International Law Divisions on an ad hoc basis.

22 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

New chief read all about it

THE next Director of Legal Aid first learned of his promotion when he read about it in a newspaper.

Chan Shu-ying's posting was officially announced yesterday. But the Legal Department's principal Crown counsel said an article in the Chinese press two months ago assured him that the job would be his.

20 Dec 1995 - 12:00am