Australian Courts

Magistrate presses for charge in insult case

A magistrate hearing a case in which two defendants are accused of speaking insultingly at him yesterday rejected an application by prosecutors to drop the charge.

He said he was 'shocked and extremely unhappy' at their request.

Tuesday, 20 September, 2011, 12:00am

Tenement fire's survivors to seek justice

Survivors of the deadly blaze in a Ma Tau Wai tenement block last month are considering legal action against the owner of a photo studio that occupied a ground-floor storeroom where the fire started.

Lai Hok-man, whose pregnant wife and two sons died, and his neighbour, Ms Hui, say they will seek compensation if an inquest finds the studio owner to blame.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Government plans four new bills by summer

The government plans to introduce four new bills before the end of this legislative session, including one based on a recommendation from the Law Reform Commission on enduring power of attorney.

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Minister seeks to force inquest

Serious public interest requires an inquest into the death of a boy who had a pulmonary haemorrhage during an operation, a court heard yesterday.

This was so because of what a specialist described as 'gross errors' by the surgeons involved, the Court of First Instance was told.

17 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

HK deserves a better obscenity watchdog

The Court of First Instance's ruling that the Obscene Articles Tribunal did not do its job properly in determining that articles on sex published by two newspapers were indecent is not surprising. Time and again, the obscenity watchdog has failed to deliver consistent and predictable judgments, so a decision that it has also not abided by the regulations by which it operates is no shock.

22 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Untimely deaths need proper investigation

Thanks in part to modern science and technology, we live longer, more active lives and understand more about our mortality. As a result, we tend to attach even more importance to lifestyle and health care - and when life is cut short, the need to know why.

31 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Tribunal's power to levy fines challenged

Former Easyknit Group chief executive Matthew Koon Wing-yee brought the first court challenge against the Securities and Futures Commission's Market Misconduct Tribunal, claiming it acts as a criminal court and should thus be barred from using compulsory evidence.

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Insider dealing panel flouted right to silence

The Insider Dealing Tribunal's practice of forcing people to give incriminating evidence against themselves was unconstitutional, the Court of Appeal said, in a ruling which could affect other cases the tribunal has dealt with or is still hearing.

31 May 2007 - 12:00am

'Lawyer of Arabia' spared $4m legal bill

A solicitor fined $170,000 for professional misconduct who donned Arabic garb during his hearings was saved from footing a legal bill of $4 million after the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the costs were disproportionate to the fine.

12 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Combatants want to sort out redress mess

IF YOU HAVE ever had the misfortune of visiting the 20th floor of the Pioneer Centre in Prince Edward, you will know it to be a miserable place. A long, grey corridor joins scores of rooms where people slug out disputes with their employers.

13 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Slump causes rush to Small Claims Tribunal

A growing number of people are flooding the Small Claims Tribunal as they try to recoup their losses in the face of continuing economic bleakness. Consumer watchdogs say recent successful cases that have drawn publicity are fuelling the scramble.

3 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Anna Wu faces tribunal over unpaid flat fees

The chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has refused to pay management fees for her flat since March last year as she believes the management office has not fully discharged its responsibilities, the Small Claims Tribunal heard yesterday.

23 May 2002 - 12:00am

Unwelcome news

The revelation that the University of Hong Kong tribunal that inquired into pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu's allegations about interference of academic freedom may not have been properly constituted has to be a piece of unwelcome news to those who have laboured to get to the truth of the controversy.

28 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Satisfied with District Court panel system

I refer to the report headlined, 'Judges 'in dark on bias' ' (South China Morning Post, September 20).

I must point out categorically that the quote which appeared in the headline could not be attributed to me.

2 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Appeal fails despite violation

An insider dealing tribunal member who breached confidentiality gave a Tysan Holdings executive 'justifiable grounds' to challenge the findings, a judge ruled yesterday.

1 Apr 1999 - 12:00am