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Villagers flock to rare trial of top policeman

More than 60 elderly Guangzhou villagers flocked to a district court yesterday to see how a fellow villager would fare in a trial involving the city's police chief, who is charged with violating administrative procedures in the detention of another villager.

Friday, 6 July, 2012, 12:00am

Justice on wheels for rural poor

The courtroom is tiny, the judge's chamber can squeeze in only two plaintiffs, and it's parked under an old mango tree. A Volvo bus turned into a courtroom is taking justice to the doorsteps of the rural poor.

7 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Journalists barred amid tight security around courtroom

The conduct of the Luk Yu Tea House murder trial highlights the secrecy of the mainland's judicial system, which often treats journalists as antagonists.

Amid high security at the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court yesterday, all reporters were barred from the courtroom.

11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Every day is miserable, says tearful mother

'I feel extremely sad and sorry. Having attended this court for a month now, every day is miserable,' said Tsui Po-ko's mother, who took the witness stand for the first time in the inquest into the death of her son and three others.

17 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Some wait hours to be sure of a seat

Demand for entry at yesterday's inquest was high, with some journalists showing up hours before the hearing began to ensure they secured one of the limited number of seats.

The expected high turnout by members of the public did not materialise, however, and several of the 30 seats reserved for them were given to reporters.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Special rules to control throng of spectators

The Court of First Instance yesterday imposed a number of crowd-control measures to avoid a repeat of chaotic scenes last Thursday when 80-odd spectators crammed into the courtroom to hear Nancy Kissel's gripping testimony.

9 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Too many friends, too few judges

A top law officer found himself in court on a careless driving charge yesterday, but failed to get his case heard because no magistrate could be found who was not his friend.

Deputy Solicitor-General Stephen Wong Kai-yi pleaded not guilty in Eastern Court to careless driving in Cotton Tree Drive, Central, at 6pm on September 4 last year.

23 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Courts thrown open to uninspired public

An attempt to open up the judicial system to public scrutiny has been greeted with apathy.

Few people have turned up to exercise their constitutional right at the Beijing No 1 Intermediate Court, the first to open to the public.

20 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Villager invasion for land hearing swamps courts

The Judiciary yesterday made the unprecedented move of opening extra courts to handle the crush of former Rennie's Mill villagers who turned up to hear their land claim case.

The entire fourth floor of the High Court was turned over to the hearing before Court of First Instance judge Mr Justice Raymond Sears concerning compensation for former residents.

10 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Cameras to cover court cases

Cases in the Court of Final Appeal will be screened to the public on closed-circuit television because of a shortage of space in the impressive new courtroom.

Members of the public will be able to tune in to some of the most important legal battles by attending a special TV gallery at the court.

3 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Special care can reduce courtroom trauma in interests of justice

IMPROVING the courtroom experiences of young or handicapped victims has come a long way since 1993, when vulnerable witnesses received no special treatment.

Their confusion and fear has led to the collapse of several high-profile cases, sparking calls for change.

10 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Colonial past to be settled out of court

Judiciary staff are to embark on a $6 million purge of colonial symbols in Hong Kong courtrooms.

Traditional coats of arms are to be taken down, while the Chief Justice's mace which stands beneath his bench in the Court of Appeal will be removed.

26 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

War-time court less occupied with justice

With Liberation Day tomorrow many minds will be cast back to the Japanese Occupation. To prepare for the event, our correspondent in London has been burrowing through the archives to trace war trials in the territory. The trial of a British prisoner conducted by the Japanese military court in Stanley cast a new light on the mechanics of the occupying force.

25 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Elderly litigants pack courtroom

There was standing room only at the High Court yesterday as almost 100 Rennie's Mill residents packed the public gallery for their long-awaited clash with the Government.

Mr Justice Raymond Sears held up proceedings and sent court staff on a search for seats for the mainly elderly litigants.

26 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Legal history as girl allowed to testify via TV

A MAGISTRATE made Hong Kong legal history yesterday by agreeing to the use of a live TV link for the first time in a case of alleged sexual abuse.

Henry Brazier agreed to a prosecution request to use the closed-circuit television system at the trial, which was fixed for March 22 in Eastern Court, after hearing the arguments put forward by the Crown.

24 Feb 1996 - 12:00am