Legal Department

DOJ scheme offers practical experience

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking for outstanding Postgraduate Certificate in Laws graduates and students to join its legal trainee scheme.

Saturday, 26 June, 2010, 12:00am

Judged by his peers

'It's not for me to write my end-of-school report,' Mr Mathews said, when asked to rate his performance out of 10. Others were equally hesitant: Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, QC, Bar Council chairman: What's your verdict on his seven years in the job? I think he's certainly very committed to his job, very dedicated.

20 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Legal post hurdle

Repeated attempts by the Legal Department to create a senior post to give advice on constitutional affairs and the Basic Law passed the first hurdle at a Legislative Council subcommittee.

17 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Important to retain a sense of proportion

Your editorial of August 3 headlined, 'Court trouble', implies that the halting of four trials in eight days arises principally as a result of the 'recent rapid pace of localisation' and the opting for a policy of farming out work in the District Court, where fees are lower, while using inexperienced counsel to prosecute the more complex cases in the High Court.

9 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Too bad a case

For a 14-year-old to be interrogated by her father's defence lawyer about her allegations of incest is a traumatic and difficult experience.

31 May 1996 - 12:00am

You can bank on it

NEWS of the controversy embroiling the coroner Warner Banks has caused flutters in the Legal Department as well as a few other pampered sections of the civil service.

10 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

A-G must fully explain fees' before payment

THE $1.5 million outstanding claim put in by Graham Grant for handling the Bumiputra Malaysia Finance Ltd case should only be settled after the Legal Department has fully explained the terms of the agreement, legislators say.

8 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Close Legal Department

THE row over the amount of money paid to Graham Grant has led to a demand from legislators for a full investigation into the briefing out policy of the Legal Department.

The implication is that they believe there should be less of it in the future. In fact there should be more.

30 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Legal gravy train hits the buffers

TRAIN timetables are not immutable. Already, the 1997 through train has been axed. Now it is the legal gravy-train which has been hit by cuts. Departures are less frequent. Some second class coaches have been introduced on the more popular trains. The Legal Department is briefing out less and no longer paying top rates as a matter of course.

11 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Pragmatic principles

THE Legal Department's advice to the Government to pay compensation to Vietnamese injured in a tear-gas attack on the Whitehead detention centre last year out of court and without admitting liability is pragmatic and expedient. The advice, revealed by this newspaper yesterday, has the merit of saving large sums of taxpayers money on Legal Aid and court proceedings.

2 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Launch for glossary of legal terms

A MAJOR English-Chinese glossary of legal terms is to be launched next month, following huge demand from lawyers and academics.

The dictionary, produced by the Government, is the first of three editions to be printed by 1997.

Tony Yen, a Legal Department draftsman, said there was an urgent need for a standardised glossary.

30 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Assertion without foundation

AN article published in the South China Morning Post, on January 25, headlined, 'Report fuels law bias claim', contains a fundamental mistake of fact and is seriously misleading.

27 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Legal body no old boys' club

I REFER to your articles entitled 'Aiding and abetting' and 'Legislators to query legal case allocation' (Sunday Morning Post, December 11). It is suggested in those articles that: The Legal Department unnecessarily allocates cases to counsel in private practice.

When the Legal Department does brief-out cases, former employees are more likely to be briefed than others.

18 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Convictions of 365 people erased

A TOTAL of 365 people had convictions for unlawful possession of suspected stolen goods expunged from their records by the Court of Appeal yesterday.

They had all been convicted after June 1991, when the Bill of Rights took effect.

In May, the Privy Council ruled that the offence of unlawful possession was contrary to the Bill of Rights and should be repealed.

8 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Legal matter

I REFER to the article (South China Morning Post, November 1) headed 'Taxpayers foot junior counsel's $700,000 per month bill'.

5 Nov 1994 - 12:00am