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Supreme Court of the United States

Rule of law's shocking absence laid bare

Last month's disclosure that a judge in Henan province promised to sentence a defendant to death if the victim's family agreed to stop petitioning came as a bitter reminder of the main obstacle facing the mainland's quest for rule of law - a lack of judicial independence.

Thursday, 5 July, 2012, 12:00am

Who said it?

Life in the courts plunges you into an embrace with every aspect of human fortitude and frailty

Mr Justice Michael Hartmann, sitting in a Hong Kong court for the last time

Next year I will turn 80, God willing. 'I'm not all that old,' I told my youngest colleague

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Court's liberal voice revered for dissent

Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary has never been far from the spotlight in his 23 years of wearing the judge's robe.

Hailed as the liberal voice and conscience of the Court of Final Appeal by his colleagues in the legal profession, he has also been in the public eye.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Maid's residency defeat

HONG KONG - A landmark ruling allowing the city's 290,000 foreign domestic workers the right to gain permanent residency has been overturned on appeal. Three High Court judges rejected last September's ruling by a lower court. The ruling had backed the application by Filipino maid Evangeline Banao Vallejos (pictured) to settle permanently, as other foreign residents can after seven years.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

HK faces loss of liberal voice in the top court

Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary of Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal will retire in October, putting more pressure on a judiciary that faces a shortage of judges.

Bokhary earned his nickname 'dissenting Pao' (a transliteration of his Chinese name) for writing far more dissenting judgments than other judges sitting on the top court.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Court websites fail transparency test

Justice must be seen to be done, especially when the public still harbours a general distrust about the fairness of the judiciary. However, as a government think tank revealed in its recent study on the websites of mainland courts, judicial transparency still has a long way to go.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Seventh vote-rigging suspect appears in court

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

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. Since the handover, the top court has delivered landmark rulings that define the new political and social order.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

City Digest

Hospital Authority to pay after admitting negligence

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Too early for judicial review, top court rules

The High Court yesterday refused permission for a judicial review of the government's proposal to scrap by-elections, saying it was too early as the bill had yet to become law.

Mr Justice Johnson Lam Man-hon said the Court of First Instance would not interfere with the legislative process.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Woman raped on boat trip, court told

A waiter raped a female flight attendant after she got 'wasted' and was left alone unconscious in a room on a boat trip organised by popular disco Beijing Club, a court heard yesterday.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

New procedures for handling of petitions issued

The Supreme People's Court has issued new measures for the handling of court-related petitions, stressing the need to resolve grievances at the earliest opportunity as social discontent grows over issues from corruption to pollution.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Judiciary urged to cut waiting time for cases

The judiciary was urged to monitor the workload in its courts more effectively after it was found to have consistently failed to meet its targets for the time taken to deal with cases.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Gremlins bring down court technology system

Technology may offer great help, but sometimes pen and paper proves more reliable.

The coroner's court looking into the Manila hostage tragedy resorted to pen and paper to mark down the hostages' seating arrangements on the tour bus after an electronic write-board system failed with technical problems.

17 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Battle looms over poll challenges

The government has proposed an amendment to the electoral law that would limit poll candidates' challenges to Court of First Instance decisions to the Court of Final Appeal. Constitutional affairs secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung said this would shorten legal battles, but lawmakers fear it would unfairly limit the right of appeal and cost more than appeals to the Court of Appeal.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

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