Legal Aid Department

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

Present set-up has good checks and balances system

Your correspondents, Pierce Lam ('Legal aid move will help restore social context,' June 22) and Cynthia Sze ('Legal aid changes should ensure greater degree of transparency,' June 27) welcome the move to put the Legal Aid Department (LAD) under the purview of the Home Affairs Bureau.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Vote threat over Legal Aid move

Pan-democrats took the opportunity of a lunch with the chief executive yesterday to tell him to his face: don't put the Legal Aid Department under the Home Affairs Bureau or you risk opposition to your reorganisation of government.

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Legal aid applicant pleads guilty to giving false statement

Updated at 6.54pm: A legal aid applicant pleaded guilty in the Kwun Tong Magistracy on Thursday to giving a false statement about his financial resources to the Legal Aid Department in connection with his legal aid application.

He was sentenced to two months' imprisonment, suspended for one year, and fined $2,000.

26 May 2005 - 12:00am

An embarrassment that warrants explanation

The full facts behind the unprecedented bid by the police to search offices of the Legal Aid Department are not yet known. We can expect more to emerge when the dispute is resolved by a court.

9 May 2005 - 12:00am

Legal aid change?

I refer to the article headlined 'Change of function touted for legal aid' (July 10).

It would be incorrect to say that the Legal Aid Department has experienced constant funding problems.

Unlike overseas jurisdictions, there has not been a cap on legal aid spending in Hong Kong.

23 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Put own welfare needs first

I strongly believe that the Hong Kong Government should immediately consider tightening the conditions for eligibility for benefits from the Social Welfare Department as well as legal aid from the Legal Aid Department, by requiring that applicants must be permanent residents of Hong Kong.

6 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Legal aid authority proposed

The Legal Aid Department's three most senior officials should be answerable to a legal aid authority, a consultants' report suggests.

The report, commissioned by the Legal Aid Services Council, was set up in 1996 to study how to provide independent legal aid.

29 May 1998 - 12:00am

Tighter criteria for selection of counsel

Your editorial of October 20 concerning the delay suffered by too many accident victims in securing damages in the courts highlights a problem which has been present for some time and which the Legal Aid Department is anxious to assist in solving.

7 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Legal Aid watchdog outlines policies

The first chairman of the committee to oversee the Legal Aid Department said yesterday he wanted to ensure the department's services were fully utilised by people entitled to them.

Lee Jark-pui, a banker and former executive director of the Tobacco Institute, is to be announced as the first chairman of the Legal Aid Services Council on August 30.

16 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Pledge fails to impress

THE Legal Aid Department's pledge to fill in applicants' forms within an hour failed to impress legislators yesterday after it was revealed there were no guarantees on quick processing.

Director of Legal Aid Lady Pauline Cheung Cheng Po-lin said the staff usually took about 20 minutes to fill in the forms.

13 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Furious foreman lashes officials

A FURIOUS building foreman railed against the Legal Aid Department for two hours, blaming it for a wrecked marriage, reputation, kidneys and career.

His rambling monologue centred on his divorce proceedings and was peppered with accusations.

24 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Interests of justice

THE Legal Aid Department has a big job to do. It must be fair and give help to people who are eligible for legal aid, so no one is denied justice for lack of funds. It must also appoint the lawyers who will represent its clients.

13 Dec 1995 - 12:00am


I REFER to the article headlined, 'Cool response from hotlines' (Sunday Morning Post, October 29) and have the following comments to make.

5 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Accountable to Hong Kong taxpayers

THE report headlined, 'Legal Aid gaffe over camp raid' (South China Morning Post, May 1), gave the impression that the Legal Aid Department is entirely to be blamed for the time taken to process 388 applications for legal aid by Vietnamese migrants (VMs) who are alleged victims of the raid on the Whitehead Detention Centre.

15 May 1995 - 12:00am