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Hong Kong courts need a solid defence team against talk of political bias and partiality

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 July, 2018, 4:33pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 July, 2018, 4:33pm

The rule of law is a core value deeply treasured by Hongkongers, and the judiciary stands out as one of the few institutions in our society that commands a widespread support and respect.

Nevertheless, it appears there are sycophants and political agitators hell-bent on destroying them.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that impartiality exemplifies an important aspect of our judicial system. Judges adjudicate cases based on legal reasoning and evidence, not national interest or societal values. And the Basic Law is crystal clear on the point that the appointment of judges is based on merits and professional qualifications, not political loyalty (“Foreign judges key to success of Hong Kong’s top court, chief justice says”, June 26).

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Any attempt to subvert and destabilise the judiciary must be counteracted immediately. For example, we must denounce the characterisation of the Court of Final Appeal as a “political court” and the malicious attacks on judges.

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Also, the secretary for justice has a duty to stand up for the judiciary by responding promptly and robustly to attacks.

We must say no to the politicisation of the judiciary and erosion of the rule of law, or else the days of “one country, two systems” are numbered.

Jerome Yau, Happy Valley