Magistrate made error in 2009 Liaison Office rally acquittal, says judge

Protesters against political persecution. Photo: Edward Wong

A judge yesterday found that a magistrate had made errors of law before he acquitted six demonstrators charged with unlawful assembly in a protest at the central government's liaison office in 2009. The ruling means they may be sent back before the original court.

Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 3:24am

'Flying' mainland mother fails to win review of eight-month jail term

The first mainland woman convicted for sneaking into the city by plane while pregnant and giving birth at the last minute failed yesterday to win a review of her eight-month jail term.

Dealing with the case two days before the Mid-Autumn Festival - a time for family reunions - Principal Magistrate Andrew Ma Hon-cheung told a weeping Ye Qianfeng she was lucky not to receive a year.

29 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Cabbie banned for cheating officer posing as tourist out of HK$500

Cabbie banned for cheating officer posing as tourist out of HK$500

A cabbie who cheated a police officer, posing as a Putonghua-speaking visitor, out of HK$500 was ordered yesterday to perform 100 hours of community service.

Hon So-man, 49, was also banned from driving a taxi for six months.

29 Sep 2012 - 3:42am

Kuk backs families in court struggle

Rural affairs organisation the Heung Yee Kuk is backing two families in court fights over illegal structures at their homes in the New Territories as it steps up its opposition to a government crackdown.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

80 days' prison for defendants in courts crisis

People locked up awaiting trial are spending an average of 80 days in Hong Kong's prison system before their case is completed - nearly three weeks longer than they were in 2008 - figures obtained by the Sunday Morning Post show.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

'Responsible' activists fined over protest

Two members of the League of Social Democrats were let off with fines in a court ruling yesterday that described them as acting responsibly during an anti-budget protest that blocked major roads in Central last year.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Five who disrupted forum convicted

Lawmaker 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung and four other activists will be sentenced today after being convicted of disrupting a public consultation forum on a proposal to scrap Legislative Council by-elections.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Shortage of judges a worrying trend

Hong Kong prides itself on its rule of law - which remains fundamental to its success under the 'one country, two systems' framework - and its appeal as a place to live, work and do business. Lawmakers have rightly expressed serious concern that nearly a quarter of the city's positions for judges and magistrates have been vacant for nine months or more.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lack of judges a threat to justice

Hong Kong is facing a judicial crisis with almost a quarter of the city's positions for judges and magistrates lying vacant for at least nine months.

This has caused a backlog of trials which one lawmaker warned yesterday 'deals a blow to the very foundation of the rule of law'.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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Suspect in Central sex assault free on bail

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Healer faces 18 months for lapse

A former Chinese medical practitioner was given an 18-month suspended sentence yesterday for continuing to treat patients despite being delisted for unprofessional conduct.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Pair who said no to bribes praised

A magistrate praised two Hong Kong youth soccer stars for resisting bribes as he sent one of their teammates to a detention centre yesterday for trying to get them to throw a showpiece international game that left the government red-faced.

31 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

'I was wrongly sectioned - twice'

An umbrella seller wrongly sent to a mental hospital for two weeks by a magistrate has claimed he was mistakenly put in an isolated psychiatric ward once before.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

No immediate jail for couple who let infant steer car

A couple in court for posting online a video showing their 18-month-old son steering a car faced immense pressure that had grown out of proportion, a magistrate said yesterday, but some punishment was necessary because their act could have had irreversible consequences.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Couple who let toddler steer car may be jailed

A couple caught on video allowing their young son to steer a car while sitting on his father's lap may be jailed, a magistrate said yesterday.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am