Privy Council

Top court's time is being wasted

The Court of Final Appeal has a unique constitutional role. Vested with the power of final adjudication in cases, it is the ultimate guardian of justice and a pillar of Hong Kong's success.

Tuesday, 29 November, 2011, 12:00am

Henderson gets go-ahead to revise residential plan

Henderson Land Development has won an approval from the Town Planning Board that allows more flexibility in its Nam Sang Wai residential project near Mai Po.

Analysts said the approval would enable the developer to change the specification of the original design.

11 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Privy Council date

Legal links with London were further weakened with the announcement that appeals to the Privy Council lodged after March 1 were unlikely to be completed in time. The Registrar of the Privy Council said the date was 'for guidance only'.

16 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Fight for garden goes to Privy Council

A grandmother, fighting to keep government bulldozers out of her garden after it was placed under a compulsory purchase order, yesterday won permission to take her case to the Privy Council.

Fok Lai-ying and husband Lai Sui-chi said they were willing to spend millions of dollars in the battle to keep hold of the 3,000 square foot back garden plot near Sha Tin.

10 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Appeal for 'guilty' man

A man trying to get a criminal conviction overturned should get a hearing even though his barrister had acknowledged his guilt in an attempt to get a lighter sentence, the Privy Council has ruled.

22 May 1996 - 12:00am

Comforting decision

The Privy Council's decision to release 15 boat people has been greeted with dismay by the Hong Kong Government, which fears the case may set a precedent for hundreds of other Vietnamese currently locked up in detention centres with no hope of repatriation or resettlement elsewhere.

29 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Paper wins appeal right

THE publisher and three executive editors of Chinese-language daily Ming Pao have been granted special leave by the Privy Council to appeal against a Court of Appeal ruling that ICAC laws gagging the press should remain in force.

8 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Battle to stop Viets' detention

LAWYERS will work through the weekend to beat an order for the re-detention of three Vietnamese families who have been rendered stateless and now plan an appeal to the Privy Council in London.

The lawyers say the Government deliberately issued an order for re-detention late yesterday before an application for judicial review could be heard by a duty judge.

22 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Privy Council sought a backup

THE Privy Council has been asked to consider extending its hearing of Hong Kong cases until a few months before China resumes sovereignty of the territory.

Fears of a Legislative Council revolt over the Court of Final Appeal (CFA) Bill has prompted the Government to draw up contingency plans.

2 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Reputation at risk

DR Lam Tai-hing today takes over as acting head of Hong Kong University's Department of Community Medicine. This seems strange, for yesterday he lost an Appeal Court action to clear his name of plagiarising the work of two colleagues. Yet the university has decided to take no action against him until he decides whether to appeal to the Privy Council.

26 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Battle for land lost by villagers

THIRTEEN New Territories villagers fighting to keep their land have lost their battle with the Government.

The Hoi Pa villagers failed to persuade the Privy Council they should be allowed to redevelop their land and were ordered to pay the Government's costs.

17 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

Test case decision reserved

THE Law Lords have reserved their decision in a test case on whether anti-money laundering legislation conflicts with the Bill of Rights.

After hearing four days' argument from Mr Nicholas Bratza, QC, representing the Crown, and Mr Alan Hoo, QC, and Mr Martin Thomas, QC, for the respondents, the Privy Council reserved its decision.

30 Mar 1993 - 12:00am

Governor set to lose Legco presidency

THE Privy Council in London has approved amendments to the Letters Patent and Royal Instructions which end the Governor's presidency of the Legislative Council.

But Mr Chris Patten's position will not be officially terminated until relevant provisions of Legco's Standing Orders are amended accordingly.

13 Jan 1993 - 12:00am