法政匯思就律政司司長有關檢控高級政府官員的言論的聲明 (Statement of the Progressive Lawyers Group regarding the Secretary for Justice’s Remarks in respect of Prosecution of a Senior Government Official)

該言論反映律政司背離了其長久以來的一貫政策,這是十分危險的。因為它破壞了律政司在公眾認知中不偏不倚的形象和誠信,同時亦削弱市民對香港法治的信心。毋庸置疑,大眾亦關注是次事件會否成為先例,為日後選擇性檢控政府官員提供藉口。(The Remarks show that there is a departure from the DOJ's longstanding policy, which is dangerous as it would undermine public perceptions of the impartiality and trustworthiness of the DOJ and reduce public confidence in the rule of law in Hong Kong. No doubt the public would also be concerned as to whether it would become a precedent for excusing the prosecution of government officials in the future on a selective basis.)

‘Justice must be seen to be done’: Dept. of Justice’s statement on CY Leung’s $50million deal falls short

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) finally issued a statement on the ICAC investigation into allegations of corruption and misconduct in public office against the Hong Kong ex-Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and lawmaker Holden Chow.

【法政巴絲】法律工作者的惡夢

每份工、每個界別,相信至少都會有一個惡夢。例如廣告人最驚啲客興致勃勃地拎條老套到不行的橋出嚟仲要自沾、記者會最頭痛係聽到腦細話佢啲故仔唔夠sound bite……

而法律界嚟講,我自己覺得最恐怖嘅事,就係俾人話你「incompetent」(不夠能力)。

誹謗面前窮人無乎?

言論自由與誹謗如影相隨,尤其近年不時傳來出版社、傳媒,甚或普通市民因在社交平台發表評論而捲入誹謗案中。在沒有法援的支持下,面對龐大的訟費,有多少人會願意傾家蕩產,據理力爭;更多的也許是道歉了事,從此自我禁聲,避免禍從口出?

Hong Kong journalists’ club in free speech dispute

A fringe pro-independence party and a historic journalists’ club have been thrust into the forefront of the intensifying battle over free speech and the rule of law in Hong Kong, a semi- autonomous Chinese territory that has long prided itself on its civic freedoms.

Hong Kong government tries to make an example of a small opposition party

A tiny and previously little-known political party with no presence in the legislature would have languished on the fringes of Hong Kong’s political sphere were it not for attempts by the city’s government to crush the group.

Now, the Hong Kong National Party finds itself in the limelight, raised to an unaccustomed level of prominence in a dispute that is fast becoming a test for the city’s autonomy.

【UGL事件】梁繼昌的利益衝突?

梁振英就其收取UGL 5000萬元的事件近日愈演愈烈。在立法會成立了專責委員會後,梁振英控告梁繼昌議員,指其就此事件的言論誹謗。

Hong Kong leader CY Leung interfered with HK$50m fee inquiry only to clear his name, critics argue

Chief executive CY Leung maintains he amended document to broaden scope of the investigation by lawmakers and ensure no stone was left unturned. Kevin Yam Kin-fung, convenor of the Progressive Lawyers Group, said Leung had sought to “gain all the strategic advantages” through his amendments.

【「鼎」爆梁振英】周浩鼎拋書包講法律解釋私晤梁特 吳宗鑾:類比唔啱,感覺二人同一立場

法政匯思成員吳宗鑾接受《852郵報》查詢時直言周浩鼎的類比「唔啱」,因為控辯雙方持不同立場,即前者認為如證據足夠就應把被告入罪,後者則希望透過審訊還被告清白,而商討案情撮要都是以此作出發點。不過周浩鼎私會梁振英,並讓對方大幅修訂研究範圍,「感覺兩個似夾埋一齊,同一個立場」。

換人更要換制度

踏入2017年,相信全港市民在未來數月最關注的,必定是於3月舉行的特首選舉,在支持民主派的專業界別選民踴躍投票下,民主派的選委一舉拿下1200人選委會中的325席。

【法政匯絲】荒謬的國「慶」

遊艇上,海風吹起我嘅頭髮,藍天碧海,champagne喺太陽照射下閃閃發光……我真係好想大叫一句:媽呀!同大台啲律師劇一模一樣呀!其實是咁的,上個禮拜,咁啱公司隻遊艇無人book(梗係公司船啦,唔係你哋以為個個律師都揸遊艇咩),我就約咗幾個姊妹出海啦。

【法政匯絲】超然的鵪鶉

「喂,我見到W姐噚晩喺餐廳度訓示H呀!」同事Emma對我說。

「H?你指提供中國法律意見俾W姐客戶嗰個大陸律師?」我問道。

W姐是我們律師行前年從總行調來香港的外藉女合夥人,專責處理與金融機構有關的訴訟。她的客戶全都是跨國銀行或大型資產管理公司。W姐在這行業打滾多年,經驗豐富,雖然只在香港工作了兩年,但在本地金融訴訟界已是數一數二。

法政匯思短評:關於梁振英近日就《禁止酷刑和其他殘忍、不人道或有辱人格的待遇或處罰公約》的看法 (Short Commentary regarding CY Leung’s Recent Views on the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment)

行政長官梁振英早前回應傳媒「酷刑聲請」提問的時候,談及有人濫用「酷刑聲請」機制,並說如果有需要,香港會退出聯合國《禁止酷刑和其他殘忍、不人道或有辱人格的待遇或處罰公約》(「《公約》」)。我們認為這是一個相當輕率且危險的想法,無助解決問題。