Legal History

Simplicity the key to drafting laws

Clarity and simplicity are the ABC of good writing. But the basic rules are apparently not appreciated by law drafters around the world. For centuries, the statute book has been filled with acts written in convoluted syntax and jargon.

Tuesday, 10 July, 2012, 12:00am

Housing estate fights rail tunnel

Work on the Sha Tin to Central railway line only began last week, but is facing a possible delay after the manager of a luxury Mid-Levels property applied for a judicial review.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rifle club files second writ over lease

The government is acting like an ostrich in a row between a shooting club and the sport's governing body that is about to leave 600 gun enthusiasts with nowhere to practise, says a High Court writ.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Officer sues police commissioner in testimony row

A police superintendent who gave legal testimony that officers sometimes used their private equipment to record interviews with informants and witnesses is taking the commissioner of police to the High Court after he was reprimanded for the statement.

1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Wrong to see interpretation of Basic Law as interference

I have been a member of the National People's Congress Standing Committee Basic Law Committee since 2006, and the recent interpretation of the Basic Law in the Congo 'state immunity' case was my first experience of participating in this important task.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Concern over mainland rule of law

The mainland has improved large sections of its criminal justice system but its rule of law is being eroded when it comes to cases deemed sensitive by the authorities.

This was the view of legal experts at a two-day conference on the mainland's justice system held in Hong Kong over the weekend.

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

Court 'interference' that prevents abuse of power

Hong Kong's first chief justice, Andrew Li Kwok-nang, stands as a key figure in the successful implementation of the 'one country, two systems' concept, following China's resumption of sovereignty over the city.

17 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Writ claims HK$4.6m for defective renovation

A company director is seeking more than HK$4.6 million in compensation from a design company, alleging that it overcharged for the renovation of her luxury home and that the substandard nature of the work meant her family had to pay for alternative accommodation.

10 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Investor sues firm over HK$10m loss

A businessman is claiming damages for the loss of more than HK$10 million he says he was misled into investing in a venture to make pork and chicken edible without cooking.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The headline, 'Amnesty says hundreds killed in Gambian witch-hunts', on a report on page A10 yesterday was inaccurate. The report quoted Amnesty International as saying hundreds of people had been kidnapped in witch-hunts in The Gambia. The report said at least two were known to have died. We regret the error.

20 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Hawker hit by truck while fleeing files writ

A hawker who was hit by a truck while fleeing hawker-control officers three years ago is launching a lawsuit in the High Court seeking damages. Without specifying the amount of the claim, solicitors for Tony Pang filed a writ on Tuesday.

19 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Son cheated mother out of flat, writ says

A bitter family dispute has resulted in claims that a son cheated his mother out of her HK$20 million property.

12 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Chen judges bungle their chance

When analysing the experience of the US Supreme Court, the late Charles Evans Hughes (chief justice 1930-39) commented: 'The gravest wounds are self-inflicted.' Taiwan's courts should reflect on that wisdom. The prosecution of former president Chen Shui-bian has not even come to trial.

8 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Tough times for catwalk finalist

Even the famous and gorgeous can run into strife in times of economic turmoil and plummeting property prices.

Former beauty pageant finalist Elaine da Silva is being sued by the vendor of a HK$9.8 million Pok Fu Lam flat who alleges she failed to go through with an agreement to buy the property.

6 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Prospects for cross-border services

The fundamentally different judiciary system on the mainland poses challenges and opportunities for law practitioners in Hong Kong, according to Kennedy Wong Ying-ho, managing partner of Philip K. H. Wong, Kennedy Y. H. Wong & Co and National Committee Member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

6 Sep 2008 - 12:00am