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Court ruling on transgender marriage raises hopes for other minorities

Last week, the Court of Final Appeal ruled that it was unconstitutional for the government not to allow Ms "W", who was born biologically male but underwent surgery to become female, to marry her boyfriend.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 4:15am

Questions over impartiality of judicial system in Taiwan

The recent acquittal of a former top aide of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou on corruption charges has been widely criticised by the media and the public, with fresh concerns raised about the long disputed impartiality of the island's judicial system.

8 May 2013 - 5:41am 1 comment

Top court gets new permanent judge

Appeal judge Joseph Fok will replace Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu-oi as a permanent judge of the city's top court from October. Chan will become a non-permanent judge when he turns 65 that month. He was in private practice from 1977 until he became a district judge in 1987.

9 Apr 2013 - 4:31am

Our free trade demands justice

Influential groups in Hong Kong seem to have less and less idea of why the territory exists as a separate entity, what makes it distinct and what makes it thrive, for reasons that are hard to replicate elsewhere. 

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am 5 comments

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

Hong Kong's top judges are best defence of independent judiciary

A robust defence of the judiciary and its independence by Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li and Justice Michael Hartmann is a good antidote to recent warnings about threats to its integrity and autonomy.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am 1 comment

Popular opinion won't sway judiciary, says Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li

The job of Hong Kong's "fearless judiciary" is to reach well-reasoned - not popular - decisions on cases, even those covering controversial issues such as immigration, the city's top judge says.

23 Mar 2013 - 10:17am 1 comment

Hong Kong's rule of law in safe hands, says judge

Hong Kong's judiciary will remain as independent and well-respected as it is today regardless of what cynics may say, according to a top judge. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann (pictured) did not specify which cynics as he highlighted the judiciary's critical role in Hong Kong's post-1997 prosperity.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:49am 4 comments

Watch action-hero films and legal dramas, Chongqing mayor advises judges

Chongqing's mayor believes there are two types of films judges should watch: action-hero films and courtroom dramas.

12 Mar 2013 - 7:01pm

China’s future success depends on rule of law, says Locke

“China has a bright future, but this success depends on the implementation of rule of law,” Locke stressed in Beijing on Monday.

26 Feb 2013 - 7:08pm 2 comments