Retired judge Henry Denis Litton. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Hong Kong courts have power to decide on constitutional matters, but Chinese national legislature has the final say, former judge says

  • Henry Litton was commenting on Beijing’s challenge to a local court ruling that found an anti-mask law and the use of emergency laws unconstitutional
  • But Philip Dykes, chairman of the Bar Association, says old ordinances should be re-examined to plug the new constitutional order
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Retired judge Henry Denis Litton. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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The mask ban was implemented in October to quell the months-long unrest in Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong mask law: judges give themselves time to deliberate suspension of controversial emergency ruling

  • On Monday, Justices Anderson Chow and Godfrey Lam ruled the mask ban, which was implemented in October, unconstitutional
  • Justice department had then written to the judges to keep the ban ‘valid and of legal effect’ until a final verdict was reached
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition bill

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The mask ban was implemented in October to quell the months-long unrest in Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang
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