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Michael Hartmann

Trusted judge who fought for legal integrity of city

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Mr Justice Michael Hartmann may not be the most publicly visible judge to have served in the High Court but few equal his reputation for handing down rulings that are consistently liberal, except, perhaps, for Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 5:06am 1 comment

Hong Kong's top judges are best defence of independent judiciary

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li. Photo: Sam Tsang

A robust defence of the judiciary and its independence by Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li and Justice Michael Hartmann is a good antidote to recent warnings about threats to its integrity and autonomy.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am 1 comment

Judge recounts 21 years with cheer

The colourful and liberal Mr Justice Michael Hartmann marked his retirement with a hint of humour in his farewell sitting yesterday as the courtroom overflowed with well-wishers.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

HK$2m per month for ex-wife too much

A court yesterday cleared the way for a husband to contest a HK$2 million-a-month claim for maintenance and legal fees by his wife, but said she should continue to enjoy the extravagant lifestyle they shared as a couple.

The Court of Appeal agreed with the man that the amount was too high, saying the woman had exaggerated her monthly expenses.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Appeal court agrees torture claimants must first overstay visa

The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld an Immigration Department requirement that people fleeing torture in their home countries stay in Hong Kong long enough to be illegal 'overstayers' before they can lodge an appeal to stay in the city.

19 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Radio activists win right to review of magistrate's powers

Six activists fighting for the right to broadcast Citizens' Radio have succeeded in getting the Court of First Instance to review the magistrate's powers.

29 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Congolese torture claimant takes his fight to High Court

A refugee from Congo yesterday asked the High Court to quash a government's decision to prosecute him for illegal entry before his torture claim application was concluded.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Judge refuses to block radio broadcasts

A judge yesterday refused to issue an injunction barring unlicensed Citizens' Radio from broadcasting and ordered a speedy hearing into the constitutionality of the broadcast licensing law.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Rebel radio to stay off air until court ruling

Rebel broadcaster Citizens' Radio is staying off air this weekend despite the lifting of an injunction against it on Friday.

High Court judge Michael Hartmann did not renew an injunction against the unlicensed station on Friday, but the radio operators said they had no immediate plans to resume broadcasting.

20 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Judge lifts injunction on radio activists

Rebel broadcasters free to go back on air over the weekend

Citizens' Radio was given the green light yesterday to go back on air over the weekend after a judge refused to extend a temporary injunction imposed a week ago. But the rebel station still faces the prospect of a permanent injunction from Monday.

19 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Lawyers 'impeded New World probe'

Lawyers for Lee Chi-ming, a businessman allegedly involved in a series of attacks on New World Development properties last month, tried to hinder a police investigation by launching spurious judicial review proceedings, it was alleged yesterday.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

History will judge minimum wage decision, court rules

Updated at 7.20pm: History would have to be the judge of whether the government's refusal to consider a minimum wage for low paid workers was justified, a court ruled on Wednesday.

16 May 2007 - 12:00am

Judge queries destruction of Falun Gong files

Papers on decision to bar practitioners were shredded within a month, court told

All documents relating to why a group of more than 80 Falun Gong practitioners were prevented from entering Hong Kong four years ago were destroyed within a month of the event, the government admitted yesterday.

9 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Laws on surveillance are long overdue

The legality of covert surveillance operations in Hong Kong has been very much in doubt since two court rulings last year declared various forms of them to be unconstitutional.

10 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Police boss' secretary loses forced retirement appeal

A police commander's secretary lost her appeal against being forced into retirement for being persistently late arriving for work.

Justice Michael Hartmann yesterday dismissed the challenge by Jenny Tang Mei-ling in a judicial review of the decision by the commissioner of police to punish her with compulsory retirement.

8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

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