Magistrates' Court

Charges against refugees within policy, court told

The government yesterday said it had acted within the law when it charged dozens of refugees and torture claimants who had allegedly been working while remaining illegally in the city, saying the court should overturn an earlier ruling to the contrary.

Wednesday, 28 April, 2010, 12:00am

300 traffic cases on hold ahead of court ruling

Journalist appears in appeal court

More than 300 traffic cases have been put on hold while a dispute over the constitutionality of a regulation requiring a car owner to disclose the identity of a driver suspected of breaking traffic laws remains unresolved, a court was told yesterday.

27 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Mixed ratings for government

1 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

City Briefs

Court forces companies to pay mpf contributions

22 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Club-house operator fined $8,000 in Magistrates' Court

Updated at 1.17pm: A club-house operator was fined $8,000 on Monday at the Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court for contravening the conditions of the Certificate of Compliance (CoC).

The court heard that officers of the Licensing Authority of the Home Affairs Department (HAD) inspected a club-house on Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui in September last year.

18 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Closing three courts to save $17m a year

The closure of three magistrates' courts is expected to save the government about $17.3 million a year without lengthening the wait for litigation, Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said yesterday.

9 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Case closed: Western Court shuts its doors

A chapter in Hong Kong's legal history closed yesterday when Western Magistrates' Court shut its doors after almost two decades.

Staff were seen dragging their belongings from the halls in black plastic bags in the afternoon while stacks of documents were wheeled from various offices in preparation for the closure.

1 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

CityBriefs

bus lane survey slated after west rail launch

17 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Justice department to challenge under-age sex ruling

It will appeal after a defendant was acquitted for believing his partner was over 16

The Department of Justice will challenge a magistrate's ruling that defendants accused of under-age sex can be found innocent if they genuinely believe their partners are over the legal age.

13 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Criticism of magistrate unfair

Solicitor Andrew Lam Ping-cheung's comments on the decision of a magistrate not to review the community service order earlier imposed upon Nicholas Tse Ting-fung for an offence of conspiring to pervert the course of justice are wide of the mark ('Government blunder means star will never serve time, predicts lawyer', South China Morning Post, November 19).

21 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Peeping tom sentenced

A peeping tom who entered his female neighbour's home and installed a video camera after duplicating the key to her flat last December was handed a four-month suspended jail sentence. Driver Leung Wah-tak, 53, was also fined $3,000 after pleading guilty to one count of criminal intimidation and one of theft in Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Court.

16 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

12 face scam charges

Twelve people - a businessman, his wife and 10 unemployed people - appeared in magistrates' courts charged over an alleged $3 million scam involving the illegal transfer of market stall operating rights. They faced a total of 20 counts of conspiracy to defraud between 1993 and last year, the ICAC said. Four pleaded guilty, seven not guilty and one plea was not taken.

28 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Judge backs securities watchdog appeal over exchange company

The Securities and Futures Commission has won a battle to quash a court ruling which acquitted a company of illegally running a leveraged exchange business.

As a result, New Chuan Kong Investment and one of its directors, Fok Hiu-tong, face another court clash with the SAR's securities watchdog body.

5 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

HK bottom of league table on court records

Hong Kong is the only one of six surveyed jurisdictions which bars access to court records of verdicts and sentences after cases have been heard.

A South China Morning Post survey of Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States found all but Hong Kong allow a general right of access to records.

15 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Obscene articles watchdog battles to cope with workload

The Obscene Articles Tribunal is being bombarded with articles for classification, with the workload soaring by nearly 200 per cent in the first eight months of this year.

23 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

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