Derbyshire inquiry reopens

Britain's inquiry into the loss of the Derbyshire with all 44 crew in 1980 during Typhoon Orchid has begun.

Wednesday, 26 April, 2000, 12:00am


'After midnight on the 30th of June, it ain't my problem' - out-going Attorney-General Jeremy Mathews' view of a possible legal vacuum.

'If this were a minor matter, what would be the major ones to come in the future?' - Democrat Andrew To, worried about the official attitude to the PLA Customs row.

22 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Corrupt officer's millions to Crown

The widow of a corrupt policeman agreed yesterday to turn her husband's millions over to the Government.

The $12.84 million out-of-court settlement ended the Attorney-General's three-year battle for control of the disgraced sergeant's estate.

8 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Charter to aid victims of crime

A Victims' Charter to be unveiled today should mean the Social Welfare Department needs no longer to discover the plight of crime victims from rumour and newspapers.

Better co-ordination between departments was one of the pledges to be made in the 12-point plan to be released by Attorney-General Jeremy Mathews, a government source said.

29 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Rape case 'is licence to attack'

Rapists have been given a licence to assault the mentally handicapped by a recent Legal Department decision to drop a prosecution, parents claimed yesterday.

31 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Act now over single legal profession

MARGARET Ng in her article in the South China Morning Post, on January 5, quotes from part of what she kindly describes as my 'eloquent' argument (in my submission to the Attorney-General, Jeremy Mathews on his consultation paper) on the subject of rights of audience for solicitors.

17 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Witness anonymity call

A JUDGE yesterday hit out at police and the Attorney-General's chambers for 'insensitivity' after the names of two alleged blackmail victims appeared on trial papers.

Mr Justice Stuart-Moore said it was highly irresponsible to reveal the identities, addresses and telephone numbers on witness statements.

15 Nov 1995 - 12:00am


I REFER to the report in the Sunday Morning Post, on September 10, on the election forum of the legal functional constituency.

15 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Fearing monopoly

THE consultation paper on legal services, issued by the Attorney-General omitted to address the problem as to how the Government could avoid a monopoly situation when due to reduction of fees, the smaller law firms would have to close down, resulting in only a few big law firms being left in Hong Kong.

27 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Inquest claims rile A-G

MR Mathews yesterday abruptly ended a press conference after being asked about allegations he had suppressed information relating to a highly publicised inquest.

12 May 1995 - 12:00am

Sticky wicket forces A-G to take it on the chin

JEREMY MATHEWS is not a man who loses his cool under pressure. Given a penetrating question, he will deflect it with practised evasion, or promise an answer at a later date.

If caught in a tight corner, the Attorney-General will compress his chin into his collar, stiffen his spine and answer in the same tone with which he might explain his choice of black suit over blue.

2 May 1995 - 12:00am

No appeal

THE Attorney-General has decided against seeking a review of the 20-year sentence imposed on the man who set fire to the Hongkong Bank branch in Shekkipmei last year, killing 12 people. A Legal Department spokesman yesterday said Jeremy Mathews, after studying the case papers, considered 'the sentences were neither manifestly inadequate nor wrong in principle'.

16 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

A fine waste

I AM prompted to write in disbelief at the heavy-handed process of enforcing traffic penalties. Having been away for the whole of August I came home to find I had received a speeding ticket.

9 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Chloroform killers face sentence review

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Jeremy Mathews has asked the courts to increase the sentences of the killers of Baptist College student Elaine Luk Yee-ling, who was chloroformed, sexually assaulted and killed.

Mr Mathews applied to the Court of Appeal yesterday for leave to seek the review of sentences imposed on Hon Leung-fong and Phoebe Wong Yim-ping.

1 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Secretary to reveal report on collapse

AN interim report on the Aberdeen canopy collapse a fortnight ago will be made public by the Secretary for Works, James Blake, during today's meeting of the Legislative Council's lands and works panel.

17 Aug 1994 - 12:00am