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Local Government in the United States

Rough justice

In 1998, Gu Kailai, already a successful lawyer married to then rising political star Bo Xilai, published a book about the American legal system.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:43pm

When and when not to prosecute

The taking of fair and independent decisions on whether or not to prosecute people suspected of committing crimes lies at the heart of our system of justice. While these decisions may often appear routine, based on whether there is sufficient evidence and prosecuting is in the public interest, they can be highly controversial.

8 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

New twist in high-profile case against lawyer

The Chongqing trial of lawyer Li Zhuang took another twist yesterday, with prosecutors dropping the charge against Li, who was accused of tampering with evidence.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Court dismisses challenge to raids by police and Italian prosecutors

A court has rejected a legal challenge against raids by Hong Kong police and Italian prosecutors on the offices of companies and the homes of their directors in a fraud and money-laundering investigation involving Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

31 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Legal reform can promote harmony

Perhaps China's leaders merely want to tune up the instruments of repression in anticipation of the increasing social instability brought on by the country's economic downturn. Or perhaps recent events have convinced them that their long-sought 'harmony' cannot be achieved without new measures to curb the widely resented arbitrary power of police, prosecutors and judges.

25 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

60pc of city mayors fail to carry out terms: poll

More than 60 per cent of China's mayors fail to finish their five-year terms, while one stayed in the post for just three months, a survey has found.

The China Mayors' Association picked 150 cities at random from the mainland's 661 and found that 92, or 61.3 per cent, had seen their mayors change once between 2002 and 2006.

7 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Lay prosecutors find a champion

Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung yesterday defended the government's use of lay prosecutors in magistrates courts, saying there was no evidence to suggest the quality of criminal justice was compromised by the policy.

9 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Laws target cover-ups by officials

Officials will face criminal prosecution if they try to cover up coal mine disasters following the release yesterday of dozens of offences added to the mainland's list of dereliction-of-duty crimes.

27 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Legal official defends decision to charge Korean protesters

Director of Public Prosecutions Grenville Cross SC yesterday defended the government's decision to press charges against the Korean WTO protesters, the last of whom was acquitted last week.

7 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Courts plead guilty to overwork

Guangdong's courts and prosecutors have told the provincial people's congress that the government's request to ensure social harmony is putting pressure on their understaffed and underfunded systems.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am