Discipline: zero tolerance vs common sense

My son's school seems to have no disciplinary policy. He says that when students do something wrong, the teachers just tell them off and nothing else happens. He has told me about some serious incidents and now I am worried for my son's safety.

Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 12:00am

Charge struck out in 7s tickets trial

The city's first trial over fake Rugby Sevens tickets ended yesterday with the magistrate striking out a charge of deception against the British defendant after the prosecution's sole witness failed to show up in court to complete his testimony last week.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Despite defeat, academic remains defiant against unfair one-child policy

A prominent legal academic who lost a two-year legal battle against a big fine for breaking the one-child policy said he stood by his decision to fight for his rights.

After two rulings against him, including a failed appeal early last month, his bank account was frozen and a Beijing court withdrew more than 240,000 yuan (HK$295,000) on April 24.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fears persist on toned-down detention code

Rights advocates are worried that a watered-down regulation on cleaning up the detention system passed last month still gives police too much room to continue existing abuses.

Mainland media said this week the State Council passed the Detention Centre Regulation on February 15 and it would come into effect next month.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Corporal punishment kills creativity

Many traditional Chinese families use corporal punishment to teach their children. They believe that once the pain is over, the lesson will be engraved on the child's mind and the mistake will not be repeated. It's an easy way of 'teaching' children right from wrong.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Tutor who assaulted autistic girl fined

A tutor who pulled the hair of an autistic pupil and pushed her to the floor because she was noisy received a suspended sentence in court yesterday.

Chui Yik-mei, 28, was sentenced to 14 days in jail suspended for two years in Tsuen Wan Court after she pleaded guilty to common assault on the eight-year-old girl.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

More parking fines as police get tougher

Tougher action on illegal parking and an increase in policing in Central has led to a 9 per cent rise in the number of fixed-penalty tickets issued between January and last month, from the whole of last year.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Judge urges probe after deported thief slips into Hong Kong 40 times

A serial shoplifter from Macau who had been deported for life from Hong Kong evaded security checks to visit the city more than 40 times in two years, court papers show.

The disclosure led a Court of First Instance judge to criticise security lapses, and to urge the government to plug loopholes in the system.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Communication skills can be useful

Communication is important. With better skills, we can communicate more easily. This can help with our school work.

Students have lots of presentations and oral tests, so communication skills can get us higher marks. Such skills can also increase students' confidence.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Bokhary comment unfortunate, judge says

A Court of Appeal judge described as unfortunate a comment by the magistrate sentencing top judge's niece Amina Mariam Bokhary that the defendant had a 'good background'.

12 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Chief steward delighted as Whyte guides Yeung in right path

The next time top apprentice Keith Yeung Ming-lun beats Douglas Whyte in a finish, the premier rider may have only himself to thank after offering his time and advice to the youngster last Tuesday after the barrier trials at Sha Tin.

7 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Illegals breaking work law face 15 months' jail

28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Service for society

Since their introduction in Hong Kong courts in the 1980s, community service orders have become a vital instrument in the sentencing of defendants, and have helped to rehabilitate offenders from all walks of life. Courts can sentence offenders to perform unpaid work of up to 240 hours for the community in a non-custodial environment.

30 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

'It was a waste of time ... I'd rather have been in jail'

While an order from a judge to carry out community service is often considered a softer or easier option than a jail term, some offenders would rather have spent time behind bars.

League of Social Democrats chairman Andrew To Kwan-hang, whose punishment was to paint walls and place stickers on envelopes, certainly feels that way.

19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The report, 'Crime-buster given a suspended death sentence for graft', which appeared on page A10 on August 25, stated that Zheng Shaodong , formerly the mainland's top economic-crime buster, was given a suspended death sentence for accepting bribes worth nearly 83 million yuan between 2001 and 2007. The report should have said Zheng received 8.3 million yuan in bribes.

29 Aug 2010 - 12:00am