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Court of Final Appeal

Landmark ruling for transsexual echoes far and wide

Monday’s historic decision at the Court of Final Appeal - giving a transgender woman the right to marry her boyfriend - has been labelled

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Finally I can marry my boyfriend: Transsexual plans wedding after landmark court victory

Legal experts said the victory by the litigant, known only as W, redefined the meaning of the word "woman" in the Hong Kong marriage system.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Seizing assets with no conviction imperils rule of law

The SFC's court victory over Tiger Asia does not make its actions just in a civilised society.

2 May 2013 - 3:47am 10 comments

A life in court: lawyers, robbers and other reptiles

It was a key court ruling on the "one country, two systems" principle that made Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary want to stay on as a permanent judge as he neared retirement.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:06am 2 comments

Court of Final Appeal rejects widow's claim for work-injury compensation

The city's top court yesterday dismissed an appeal by a widow seeking work-injury compensation from the employer of her late husband, whose body was cremated without undergoing an autopsy in 2007.

Sibly Sit Wing-yi lost her claim against Berton Industrial, which had employed her husband, Randie Cheung Ka-wai, who died at the age of 37.

23 Apr 2013 - 4:13am

Transsexual in top court bid to marry her boyfriend

A transsexual woman who twice lost her court bid for the right to marry her boyfriend took her battle to the Court of Final Appeal yesterday.

Lawyers for the woman, 37, who has had a government-subsidised sex-change operation, said that by not recognising her new gender, the government in effect denied her the right to marry anyone - man or woman.

16 Apr 2013 - 4:38am

Trusted judge who fought for legal integrity of city

Mr Justice Michael Hartmann may not be the most publicly visible judge to have served in the High Court but few equal his reputation for handing down rulings that are consistently liberal, except, perhaps, for Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am 1 comment

Right of abode settled, for now

The right-of-abode ruling by the city's top court appears to have spared Hong Kong a crisis, at least for the time being. Court of Final Appeal ruled that foreign domestic helpers had no right to claim permanent residency. The decision quashed the hopes of hundreds of thousands who may have wanted to settle here. The court also rejected the government's request to seek Beijing's interpretation of the Basic Law, saying the abode provision was clear enough. 

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am 3 comments

Court's ruling enforces semi-apartheid

Hong Kong now has full judicial backing to continue treating foreign domestic helpers as a special class of people to be excluded from many basic rights accorded to legal residents who, in the jargon of the Basic Law, "ordinarily reside" in Hong Kong. Everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief, especially the government, following the judgment yesterday by the Court of Final Appeal - all except the maids and their supporters.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am 16 comments

Top court to give landmark judgment on right of abode issues

The Court of Final Appeal's ruling will decide whether foreign domestic helpers have the right to apply for permanent residency after living in the city for seven years.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:30am 2 comments