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Legal Aid

No need for independent legal aid service, say advisers in U-turn

The report said there had been no evidence of government interference in the Legal Aid Department, citing the case involving domestic helpers' right of abode as one of the examples. Photo: Sam Tsang

The legal aid service should remain in the hands of the government, according to the Legal Aid Services Council that has backtracked on a recommendation it made 15 years ago to set up an independent legal aid authority.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 10:09am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 17, 2013

Malaysian soldiers patrol Sabah, on Borneo. Photo: EPA

Parallel-goods trading is a controversial topic and a practice condemned by many people. However, I think it is beneficial to Hong Kong to some extent.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am 1 comment

Brother of Manila hijack victim appeals again for legal aid

The brother of the tour guide killed in the 2010 Manila bus hijacking appealed in the High Court yesterday for legal aid to bring a case for compensation against the Philippine government.

13 Oct 2012 - 3:17am

Poor let down by lack of access to legal services

Justice cannot be upheld if citizens do not have access to it. That is why free and equal access to the courts has always been a key element of the rule of law. That is also why the Basic Law specifically guarantees Hong Kong residents the right to legal advice and access to courts.

9 Oct 2012 - 4:47am

Investors to miss out in new class action system

A public consultation on law reforms aimed at making it easier for litigants to combine in class action law suits in Hong Kong has ended in disappointment for investors.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Social justice is more than hollow words

Earlier this month, government concessions to lobbying by lawmakers and lawyers to expand the scope of the supplementary legal aid scheme were pitched as though the government was doing its best for social justice.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Legal aid to cover minibonds cases

The legal aid scheme will be extended to cover money claims in derivative investment products such as Lehman Brothers minibonds - but few investors are likely to benefit because the only people with assets of HK$260,000 or less can apply.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Piecemeal changes to legal aid system won't do

Hong Kong has good reason to pride itself on its rule of law and administration of justice. Judgments from our top courts are written with impressive clarity and are considered and respected by lawyers and judges throughout the common law world.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Lawyers call for shake-up of legal aid

With the nation's 12th five-year plan looking to address growing social conflicts, the mainland's legal community says doing so will require an overdue revamp of the legal aid system.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Flat buyers to get legal aid to sue developers

Flat buyers will soon be able to take developers to court with help from the government's Legal Aid Scheme.

The plan forms part of a proposed expansion of the scheme, to be funded by a HK$100 million cash injection from the government.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

The key to providing a level legal playing field

In his annual reception for new foreign and mainland investors in June, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen spoke of Hong Kong's 'pretty appealing advantages' for investors. The first of these that Tsang chose to highlight was 'the rule of law upheld by an independent judiciary'.

27 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Lawyers offer rare praise for government on legal aid reform

The government - accused recently of dragging its feet on legal aid reform - has 'at least' shown goodwill by promising to allocate HK$100 million to expand the Supplementary Legal Aid Scheme, the head of a Bar Association committee said.

20 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Timetable urged for replies to legal aid fears

Lawmakers and lawyers yesterday pressed the government for a timetable to respond to concerns and amendments they have raised following proposed reforms to the legal aid system.

1 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Critics hit out at foot-dragging over legal aid

The government proposes making it easier to obtain legal aid, but critics say the changes do not go far enough and accuse the administration of dragging its feet.

In March, the government proposed allowing people with financial resources not exceeding HK$260,000 to apply for legal aid under the Ordinary Legal Aid Scheme, up from the current limit of HK$175,800.

30 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

It's time to end this injustice on legal aid

The rule of law and the sound reputation of our city's judiciary has been a key foundation for the success of the 'one country, two systems' concept and the development Hong Kong as an international financial centre.

30 Sep 2010 - 12:00am