Legal History of China

Law overhaul disappoints, reformers say

The new Criminal Procedural Law should make 'protecting human rights' a central principle to bring the statute in line with the country's constitution, top mainland legal experts said.

Saturday, 27 August, 2011, 12:00am

Legal experts hold out hope for rule of law

Following Lai Changxing's return to Chinese soil from Canada yesterday, the focus now turns to what legal proceedings the fugitive is going to face.

For a start, Lai, 53, was arrested at Beijing airport upon arrival, although charges have not been announced.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Turning a deaf ear

The Chinese government's current campaign to intimidate and suppress the country's small number of 'human rights lawyers' seems to be succeeding where previous campaigns fell short. Most of the courageous lawyers who have been released from incommunicado detention lasting several days to several months remain disturbingly quiet.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Legal system less arbitrary but still a work in progress

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

New law may allow one-person legal firms

Lawyers throughout the nation may be allowed to set up one-man legal firms if a proposed amendment to the Lawyers' Law put to the National People's Congress Standing Committee on Sunday is approved.

26 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Barriers to foreign law firms decried

Foreign lawyers cannot appear in a mainland court. They cannot practise Chinese law. Their firms cannot directly employ Chinese lawyers.

25 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

The party still holds the power

Amid the heated debate over the term of office of a successor to former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa in April, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress' passage of a civil service law barely caught the local public's eye. For the mainland, however, this was an important landmark of the evolution of the national civil service system.

13 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Chance to improve legal system must be seized

The legal system is generally a source of pride for Hong Kong. But it has long been recognised that the way in which it works offers the consumer poor value for money. The procedures are overly complex, cases take too much time and the costs are prohibitive. A shake-up is long overdue.

4 Mar 2004 - 12:00am