Evidence Law

Legal practice

In 2005, after She Xianglin had spent over 11 years in a mainland prison for the alleged murder of his wife in Hubei , the woman was discovered still alive, and living with a new husband in Shandong.

Monday, 16 April, 2012, 12:00am

Families could get right of silence in court

A new rule allowing spouses, parents and children to refuse to testify against each other in criminal proceedings may be included in the revised Criminal Procedure Law that has its first reading this week.

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Ex-lawyer did steal bra, judge rules

Ex-barrister Stanley Ma Ho-fai yesterday lost his appeal against a conviction for stealing a lacy, red-and-white bra from a laundry rack.

Ma, 44, who was a lawyer at the time of the theft, said he would appeal to a higher court.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Cleaning up

Last year, it was discovered that Zhao Zuohai had spent almost 11 years in a Chinese prison for the alleged murder in Henan of a fellow villager who disappeared after a fight, but who later turned out to be alive when he revealed himself in order to obtain welfare payouts.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Citic Pacific hid losses from banks, court told

Citic Pacific, which posted the biggest currency loss by a Chinese company, obtained HK$1.75 billion in bank loans without disclosing that it had lost money, a court heard yesterday.

10 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Judge gives owner of ship held since August more time to pay bills

Chimbusco Pan Nation Petro-Chemical's effort to seek a forced sale of an Argentinian-owned container ship over unpaid fuel bills was postponed yesterday at the Court of First Instance.

The delay followed a move by lawyers for Maruba, the ship's owner, to halt the sale on Sunday night.

8 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Tortuous progress

In late June, China's five main organs concerned with the administration of justice, including the Supreme People's Court, issued two sets of regulations on the use of evidence that appeared to make confessions obtained through torture inadmissible in court.

4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Evidence guidelines ban torture in capital cases

Beijing has introduced key guidelines on evidence aimed at stopping the use of torture to obtain confessions in the most serious cases.

Their release was expedited after the wrongful imprisonment of a Henan farmer brought the criminal justice system back into the spotlight, according to a legal expert close to the drafting of the guidelines who asked not to be named.

31 May 2010 - 12:00am

Allow hearsay in courts, commission says

The Law Reform Commission has proposed that courts be given the discretion to admit hearsay evidence when they are satisfied the evidence is necessary and reliable. Such evidence is currently prohibited in most cases. Hearsay evidence refers to a witness telling a court what another has told him.

1 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Tony Chan must reveal informant

Fung shui master Tony Chan Chun-chuen has been given two weeks to reveal the source of information about a controversial land deal that was disclosed during the court battle over the fortune of late tycoon Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum.

10 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Legislator urges law change to punish unapproved wiretapping

Legislator James To Kun-sun has suggested changing the surveillance law to include punishment for law enforcers who carry out unapproved wiretaps.

14 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Daily allowance for jury duty may top HK$360

The government yesterday gazetted a new order increasing the allowance paid to jurors by 28 per cent from the current HK$280 a day.

The order means a juror will receive HK$360 a day. Each could also be given an additional amount of up to HK$360 a day - subject to a judge's decision - adding up to a total maximum daily allowance of HK$720.

8 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Judge questions impartiality of medical experts

Fears of 'hired gun' doctors in court

A High Court judge has called for new arrangements to ensure doctors are not 'hired guns' and maintain their independence when giving medical opinions in court.

Mr Justice David Yam Yee-kwan said doctors should be jointly appointed by the plaintiff and defendant, and not told for which side they were giving evidence.

21 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Vice case thrown out over witness discussions

Nine people accused in a vice case walked free yesterday after a judge ruled that discussions between investigators and a key witness - which were secretly recorded by the wife of one of the accused - had seriously undermined the case for the prosecution.

5 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Skin Privilege

Skin Privilege

By Karin Slaughter

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Karin Slaughter grew up in Georgia, in the southern US, in small towns much like those of the fictional Grant County, the location for her best-selling Grant County series.

14 Oct 2007 - 12:00am