With more court cases being heard in Chinese, lawyers who know only English say the amount of work available for them has dropped, causing some to earn less, go into early retirement or move abroad.Monday, 1 April, 2013, 9:57am 8 comments
Once every three months, Chow Chun-man hurries away from his solicitor's firm in Mong Kok early in the evening. The lawyer must be at the government district office in Tsuen Wan by 7pm, a routine he has followed since 2001. Every time he is there, he will see five clients - but he doesn't charge them.14 Feb 2013 - 4:09am
C.Y. Leung's policies will be good for city
I agree with the views expressed by Carwyn Lee Kai-chun ("Protesters have been unreasonable", January 7).9 Jan 2013 - 1:27am 2 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
The heavy workload of the judiciary and a restricted pool of candidates have created barriers to the recruitment of judges, lawyers and legal academics say.
While court waiting times lengthen and fall further behind official objectives, some judges are said to be using their holidays to write judgments.31 Dec 2012 - 5:35am
Becoming a judge in Hong Kong and on the mainland are two very different things.31 Dec 2012 - 5:35am
A trial scheme offering free legal advice, starting early next year, aims to help the growing number of people who are unable to afford hiring a lawyer but are too rich to qualify for legal aid.30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am
An overhaul of the examination system that allows law graduates to become qualified lawyers is being considered by the head of the Law Society.
Students currently have to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) before they qualify as apprentice solicitors or barristers.30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Law drafters are aiming to make Hong Kong legislation more accessible to the public by adopting a simpler and gender-sensitive writing style.
The effort to 'modernise' the text, which will be applied to all legislation starting this year, is also meant to narrow the gap in quality between the city's body of laws and those of developed Western nations.3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
To become a lawyer on the mainland one must now swear an oath of support to the leadership of the Communist Party.
The Ministry of Justice recently set up the oath system for new lawyers, the Legal Daily reported yesterday.22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
While the notorious Licence Raj is slowly being phased out, India's legal community remains a closed shop. The situation harms litigants and businesses and, perhaps counter-intuitively, the lawyers themselves.1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Hong Kong's solicitors yesterday launched an a website offering free legal advice to people in need.
More than 90 law firms have signed up to offer services on the Law Society's new web page, www.hklawsoc.org.hk/probono.24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
Lawyers are expected to uphold the law, yet some of them cause a lot of harm to society. Some defence lawyers specialise in getting their wealthy clients off the hook through clever manipulations of the legal system.15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
More lawyers should be allowed to become judges or prosecutors, several government-friendly lawyers urged at the National People's Congress this year.8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am
New talent and rising competition is helping to boost the transparency of the mainland's legal sector, long derided as being a Communist Party offshoot.4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am