Legal Procedure

New legal bid by trio in deleted files case

Three defendants, who failed to thwart fraud prosecutions against them on the grounds that files relating to their trial were deleted by a senior prosecutor, have renewed their efforts for a permanent stay of proceedings.

Wednesday, 10 October, 2012, 3:27am

Cameras have a place in court

In keeping with the maxim that 'justice must be done and must be seen to be done' our courts are open to all - for free. But very few Hong Kong people exercise their right to go to court just to watch the proceedings.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Magistrate to decide on Tony Chan's challenge

Eastern Court will decide on Monday whether it will continue hearing self-styled fung shui master Tony Chan Chun-chuen's application to halt criminal proceedings against him.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ex-policeman gets life in jail for murdering 'lover'

A former policeman turned cab driver was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for murdering a 25-year-old woman he had been 'obsessed' with.

Wan Kim-chung, 45, showed no emotion when, after two hours of deliberation, a jury of seven unanimously found him guilty of killing Jennifer Yu Wai-yuk in October 2010.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

I resolved Leung issue: John Tsang

Finance secretary John Tsang Chun-wah told a Legislative Council select committee hearing yesterday he resolved the issue of chief executive candidate Leung Chun-ying's conflict of interest over the West Kowloon arts hub design competition 10 years ago without telling his bosses, although he agreed it was a serious matter.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

New questions over arts hub contest jury

Questions about the government's handling of controversy over a 2002 design contest for the West Kowloon arts hub have multiplied with the discovery that a foreign member of the judging panel had business links to the winner, British architect Norman Foster.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Confidence shaken by hub revelations

When details of a decade-old project design competition were dug up and turned into 'dark matter' to be used against a front runner in the chief executive race, few expected the issue to become a bombshell for the government. The selective disclosure of some government documents about the West Kowloon arts hub design competition has raised more questions than it has provided answers.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Foster's design thrown out before it won

The winning canopy design submitted by British architect Norman Foster in a 2001 competition for the West Kowloon arts and cultural hub was among 12 designs disqualified for technical reasons.

According to people familiar with the selection process, jury chairman Lord Rothschild had said he wanted to include all disqualified entries in the shortlisting preview.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Court to review police actions in gay rally

A gay-rights demonstrator received court permission yesterday to proceed with a judicial challenge to police actions during a rally against homophobia in May last year.

The man, identified only as 'T' in legal documents, was granted leave for judicial review on one legal issue in the Court of First Instance.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Killer driver's appeal rejected

A 24-year-old US student who accidentally killed a taxi driver during a drunken road altercation cannot appeal against his manslaughter conviction, three appeal court judges ruled yesterday.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Government court costs at 10-year high of HK$64.3m

The government has spent HK$64.3 million in criminal court costs this year - a 10-year high which Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung attributed to the long-running 'milkshake murder' trial and a witness-tampering case involving lawyers Kevin Egan and Andrew Lam Ping-cheung.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Conviction in murder hearing quashed

The Court of Appeal quashed a man's conviction for murdering a prostitute during a robbery three years ago because of an error by the trial judge.

Lam Pui-fung, 33, originally received a life sentence from the Court of First Instance in March 2009 after he was found guilty by a jury of murdering the victim, identified as Ms T, on March 16, 2008.

8 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Tried and tested

A good and faithful judge,' wrote Horace in the Odes, 'prefers what is just to what is expedient'. Court cases are sometimes controversial and can attract wide interest. The public and the media will often express their views on the merits of a case, perhaps in strident tones. This is inevitable in a free society, but safeguards exist to protect the integrity of the related legal proceedings.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Justice of peers

What role, if any, should ordinary citizens play in determining guilt and punishment in criminal cases? Some Chinese courts, dissatisfied with the mixed tribunals of one judge and two lay assessors that hear many of their cases, have been experimenting with so-called people's juries whom they consult before making decisions.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Gay sex blackmail accused to be tried

A woman accused of being a co-conspirator in the blackmail of a member of a religious group over gay sex lost her bid to halt her trial permanently yesterday.

Judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong said the woman's grounds for a permanent stay of proceedings were insufficient and that justice required the court to put her on trial.

25 Jun 2011 - 12:00am