Judiciary of Hong Kong

Elsie Leung's criticism of the city's top court may have been unwise

Former Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie. Photo: May Tse

An independent judiciary is often seen as an important benchmark by which the success of "one country, two systems" will be judged.

Friday, 19 October, 2012, 2:12am

Measures can be taken to reduce Hong Kong judiciary's tardiness

Your editorial ('Chief justice faces more than legal challenges', April 15), following on the heels of the Audit Commission's report on judiciary administration, heaped tedious accolades on the recently retired ex-chief justice. You also pleaded with the public to understand and support the incumbent, referring vaguely to the formidable 'administrative challenge' confronting the judiciary.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Judges' salaries need protection by law

The public understandably expects people who earn a lot of money from the public purse to share the pain of community-wide pay cuts during the economic downturn. Any exception to this shared sacrifice therefore needs to be strongly justified in terms of the best interests of our city. Our judges are a case in point.

24 Sep 2009 - 12:00am


Why the need for obscene articles jury?

I read Frank Ching's ('A serving of justice', February 4) with misgivings. Why is the judiciary so keen on the Obscene Articles Tribunal's structural-functional changes?

16 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

A serving of justice

Tension between the judiciary and the administration in Hong Kong has been brewing for years, apparently with very few people being aware of it. Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang hinted at it in his address at the opening of the legal year on January 12, when he said the judiciary had submitted a response to the review of the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance.

4 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

10pc rise in prosecutions against bosses over back pay

Prosecutions over unpaid wages increased 10 per cent last year, with 171 summonses being issued to employers who failed to pay amounts awarded by the Labour Tribunal.

In one case an employer was fined HK$70,000 while another had to serve an immediate two-week jail term.

10 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Juvenile court review

More questions have been raised about the openness of Hong Kong justice after a South China Morning Post investigation revealed magistrates have been holding juvenile court hearings 'in private' in apparent contradiction of the law.

6 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Hard-pressed work tribunal sparks gripes

Tribunal staff dealing with labour complaints are beginning to complain themselves - of hard labour.

The workers want more hands to make light work of the surge in cases brought on by the economic downturn.

Some staff claim they are too busy to take sick leave, while others complain of having to take work home.

23 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Court on course

After some uncertain times, the Court of Final Appeal is well on course to become a respected and firmly founded institution which sets the seal on the judicial system.

The announcement from visiting Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine of Lairg that Britain will provide two serving Law Lords to the court will give added weight and authority to a new institution in its early days.

10 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

'Porn patrol' to get help with workload

THE Obscene Articles Tribunal, whose rulings have been accused of putting Hong Kong in danger of being 'the laughing stock of the world', is to get an extra magistrate and court to deal with its workload.

12 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Criticism of judges unfair

I WISH to respond to your Focus article (Sunday Morning Post, January 22). Judge-bashing seems to be the flavour of the month. It has an added attraction because, by convention, judges cannot answer back. However, as a former judge, I will attempt to do so.

5 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Courts seek funding to clear cases

THE High Court and the Labour Tribunal will get more judicial officers to clear a backlog of cases, if a funding request is approved by the Finance Branch and the Legislative Council.

11 May 1993 - 12:00am