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Law Commission

Delays to reform of old laws attacked

The government should follow new guidelines pressing it to enact calls for legal reform more swiftly, lawmakers said yesterday.

Tuesday, 20 December, 2011, 12:00am

Government always finds 'good' reasons to delay law reforms

I am delighted by your calling attention to the tardiness of the government in implementing the numerous recommendations of the Law Reform Commission ('The key to providing a level legal playing field', December 27).

However, I believe this has far less to do with whether the members of the Law Reform Commission are full-time or part-time.

10 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Failure to invest in updating flawed laws 'hurting Hong Kong'

Hong Kong's lack of investment in law reform is affecting its status as a financial and commercial centre.

That's the view of the chairman of the Independent Financial Advisers Association, Glenn Turner, who warns: 'Our law is becoming more and more archaic and uncertain. Hong Kong needs law reform, and lots of it.'

21 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Series of law reform ideas left to gather dust

Model flats can be models of misinformation. Eva Cheng, Hong Kong's secretary for transport and housing, saw that for herself when she made a tour of mock-up flats last April.

20 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Commission still has teeth, says secretary

A leading figure in the Law Reform Commission says he has seen 'solid progress' in the government's implementation of his group's reports.

Since the handover, the commission has published 20 reports, but only four have resulted in legislation. Commission secretary Stuart Stoker said he was optimistic, however, that things were moving.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Intrusion sees renewal of calls for law on privacy invasion

The scandal over publication of Twins star Gillian Chung Yan-tung's photographs has renewed calls for the government to implement law reform recommendations made since 1999 to provide legal remedies for invasion of privacy.

29 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Commission says it is being ignored

Lack of government action on law reform proposals is a waste, says legislator

Members of the Law Reform Commission are disappointed at the government's lack of action on a series of reports made in the past eight years on issues ranging from stalking to consumer rights.

8 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

A word of caution on tighter press controls

Hard cases, it is often said, make bad law. That is precisely the problem that arises when attempts are made to protect people's privacy by subjecting the media to strict controls.

The latest Law Reform Commission proposals are well intentioned, thoroughly researched and painstaking in their detail. They make a valuable contribution to the debate on this difficult issue.

11 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Pursuing stalkers

When a Hollywood star becomes the target of a stalker, the story is world news. But the experience is not confined to the rich and famous. Stalking is a familiar problem here, as it is almost everywhere else. But unlike most other common law jurisdictions, it is not an offence in Hong Kong.

31 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Law commission's independence compromised

Concerning Stuart M I Stoker's letter, 'Law Reform Commission's independent role' (South China Morning Post, September 1), can the commission be said to be independent? As Mr Stoker writes, the commission is chaired by the Secretary for Justice, and includes other public figures.

10 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Two law reformers named

Chairman of the Law Reform Commission, Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie, yesterday appointed two new commission members for a period of three years.

Professor Felice Lieh Mak is head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hong Kong and chairman of the Medical Council of Hong Kong.

11 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Doubt over promise to curb powers of police

Long-awaited curbs on police powers to stop, search and detain people have been promised within three years, but doubts linger over whether the future administration will support them.

21 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Not idle

In an article ('Liquidation figures fuel the hunt for alternatives') in the Sunday Morning Post Money section, on July 28, the writer suggests that the Law Reform Commission 'has so far not opted to implement anything definite' in respect of a new scheme for voluntary administration.

4 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Modest proposals

Few people know just how many phones are tapped in Hong Kong. The Government has consistently refused to say, although the funds recently allocated to the Independent Commission Against Corruption to buy extra surveillance equipment suggest the number is on the rise.

18 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Panel under fire over home developer cheats

HOMEBUYERS might still lose out despite proposals by the Law Reform Commission to control developers' sales leaflets, some Sai Kung district board members said yesterday.

Members were briefed by commission secretary Stuart Stoker on the proposals.

18 May 1994 - 12:00am