People fighting for a law to protect equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people must be upset by Leung Chun-ying's decision against a formal consultation on the matter.Friday, 25 January, 2013, 2:52am 2 comments
The son of former premier Zhu Rongji and other financial heavyweights appointed to the new Financial Services Development Council will be subject to the city's anti-corruption laws as if they were public officials.19 Jan 2013 - 7:40am 1 comment
Bar Association vice-chairman Paul Shieh Wing-tai SC will take the helm of the 1,000-member professional body from today after being elected as the new leader yesterday.18 Jan 2013 - 5:06am 1 comment
Litigation over the right of abode may be a prime concern in legal circles, but Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li has another headache to work on: should solicitors be allowed to wear wigs in court like barristers?
The Law Society, with more than 8,000 solicitors as members, deems the wearing of wigs essential in helping to ensure justice is done.15 Jan 2013 - 9:21am 10 comments
Thousands of Christians staged a rally outside government headquarters yesterday to show their opposition to proposed legislation that would outlaw discrimination against sexual minorities.14 Jan 2013 - 7:26am 39 comments
A big rise in the number of arrests of demonstrators has prompted a group of legal professionals to produce a handbook to explain their rights.6 Jan 2013 - 2:01pm 1 comment
An amended law requiring adult children to visit their elderly parents "often" has highlighted the problem of the mainland's swelling ranks of "empty nest" families. Experts doubt the change in law will help.2 Jan 2013 - 10:28am 1 comment
A villager from Anhui filed a report with police on Wednesday, claiming he was arrested, illegally detained and tortured after appearing at a land dispute hearing.27 Dec 2012 - 5:21pm
Like a teacher reading the roster before class, US President Barack Obama sketched in haunting, human terms, the horror of the Connecticut school massacre.
"Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Madeline, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Benjamin, Avielle, Allison..."18 Dec 2012 - 4:20am
The mainland's corruption crackdown has claimed two more scalps, with a senior official in Shenzhen and another in Chengdu being investigated by the Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog.18 Dec 2012 - 4:15am
Anywhere else, the shooting massacre of 20 small schoolchildren would give unstoppable momentum to a campaign to tighten laws on the possession of guns. In the US, it will run into a powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association. Of the tens of thousands of registered lobbyists in America, many elected politicians fear getting offside with the NRA the most.18 Dec 2012 - 2:03am
The sleep of reason breeds monsters. In the United States these monsters have names less exotic than Beelzebub, Baal or the Lord of Flies. Instead they are called "Adam Lanza", a 20-year-old monster who shot dead its gun-loving mother and 20 children. In July the monster was called "James Eagan Holmes", who shot dead 12 members of the audience in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado.18 Dec 2012 - 2:03am
A Beijing court has sentenced 10 people to up to 18 months in jail for illegally detaining petitioners from another city, state media reported on Sunday, in a rare case of the judiciary taking on the shadowy men who operate on the margins of the law.2 Dec 2012 - 5:36pm
Carson Yeung Ka-sing, owner of the English football club Birmingham City, has been given an extra four months to prepare his defence on money-laundering charges involving more than HK$700 million.
His application for an adjournment was allowed yesterday, less than a week after an earlier attempt was dismissed by a judge who accused Yeung of trying to "hijack" the court diary.29 Nov 2012 - 3:39am
More questions have been raised about executive councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung's property dealings after it emerged that a flat he sold in Mid-Levels involved no property agent or commission.
A solicitor said it looked suspicious, but one explanation was that Lam sold the Casa Bella flat 14C to a friend without going through an agent to save the 1 per cent commission.26 Nov 2012 - 4:23am