Book sheds light on Hong Kong's war tribunals

Clockwise from top left: Japanese vice-admiral Ruitaro Fujita signs Japan's surrender in Hong Kong September 16, 1945; a parade in Central a month later; the Union flag is raised at Government House. Photos: Public Records Office, AFP, SMP Pictures

Memories of the cruelty of the Japanese forces in Hong Kong have faded over time - and even less is known about the aftermath of the city's second world war occupation.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 7:25am

British major served as judge and prosecutor in Hong Kong tribunals

Major Murray Ormsby

Of all the people Suzannah Linton interviewed for her book on military tribunals in Hong Kong after the second world war, it was retired Major Murray Ormsby who made the greatest impact.

28 Apr 2013 - 7:57am

Setback for Henderson over project in Western

Henderson Land's plans to redevelop a Sai Ying Pun site received a setback when a judicial review upheld the Buildings Department's rejection of the project because the site's ownership is unclear.

The Court of First Instance ruled yesterday that the developer must provide information related to the ownership before submitting building plans for approval.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Buildings chief challenges ruling

The Buildings Department chief has filed a court challenge against a decision by the buildings appeal tribunal in favour of a redevelopment in Sai Ying Pun.

The director of buildings has applied for a judicial review of the tribunal's decision in favour of an appeal lodged by a company owned by Henderson Land chairman Lee Shau-kee to develop a site in the area.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Cathay wins in promotions case

Cathay Pacific has won a ruling that it need not assess all second officers for promotion to junior first officer before it can hire one from outside.

11 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Judge backs flat owners in row over balconies

A judge has backed two home owners who were ordered to remove balconies built onto the outer wall of their tenement blocks in the 1950s.

Mr Justice Johnson Lam Man-hon said the Appeal Tribunal (Buildings) had failed to consider evidence that suggested the balconies were legal, even though they were not included in the approved plans for the tenements.

21 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Some of the dates cited by Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal convenor Ronny Tong Ka-wah and published in our report 'Daniel Fung panel took three years to form,' on page A1 on July 7, were incorrect. We wish to clarify the timing with the following chronology.

10 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

15 years on, draft competition law comes to Legco

Fifteen years after debate on the issue began, legislation that seeks to create a level playing field for companies doing business in Hong Kong is set to come before the Legislative Council.

The government is finalising a draft competition law covering all sectors of business, to be submitted by mid-July for approval.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am

Moral guardians without a reliable compass ...

People have different moral values which can evolve over time. This makes it difficult to reach a consensus on what constitutes public decency. So it is not surprising that the first stage of a consultation on an overhaul of the city's obscenity laws unearthed diverse views among the public.

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

Court overturns rejection of high-rise

The Court of First Instance yesterday overturned the Building Authority's rejection of a developer's project in Happy Valley for being too high for the neighbourhood. Fortune Key Limited has submitted five plans for buildings of varying heights over the years for the site in Blue Pool Road.

8 May 2010 - 12:00am

Developer asks court to overturn rejection of high-rise

A developer behind a Happy Valley project is asking a court to overturn the Building Authority's rejection of its development plan for being too high for the neighbourhood.

18 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Airline faces appeal over its pay rules

Three Cathay Pacific flight attendants who challenged the airline's pay rules won their bid for an appeal yesterday.

The trio had won a partial victory at the Labour Tribunal earlier this year, which Cathay is appealing against amid speculation that the airline could be forced to settle as much as HK$100 million in similar claims.

6 May 2009 - 12:00am


Why the need for obscene articles jury?

I read Frank Ching's ('A serving of justice', February 4) with misgivings. Why is the judiciary so keen on the Obscene Articles Tribunal's structural-functional changes?

16 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Bid to criminalise defiance of tribunal orders

The government plans to present a bill before July that would make non-payment of Labour Tribunal awards a criminal offence, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said yesterday.

19 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Lawyer fails to overturn ban for posing nude

Naked shots may spur Legco bid

High-profile lawyer Paul Tse Wai-chun has failed to convince the city's highest court that a disciplinary tribunal was wrong to ban him from practising law for a year after he appeared nude in two magazines.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am