【文章】破壞法治者如何推廣法治?

2020-03-13 | 信報財經新聞
A14 | 時事評論 | 專業議政

財政司司長陳茂波的《財政預算案》,在發表之前市民最關心的是會不會「派一萬元」;發表之後,多了兩個「亮點」,就是大幅增加對警隊的撥款,以及撥款4.5億元予律政司,推行一個名為「願景2030──聚焦法治」的計劃。

光看名稱實在不知道這個計劃的目的和內容是什麼,只得翻開財政司的演詞揣摩一下,只有寥寥的數十字這樣說:尊重法治、司法獨立,是香港賴以成功的基石之一。我會預留約4.5億元,讓律政司推行「願景2030──聚焦法治」計劃,加深香港社會對法治概念的認識及實踐。

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【文章】立會過半 改革之始 功能組別 成事關鍵

2020-03-02 | 明報
B4 | 觀點

要推動政治變革,有兩個方法:制度之外的社會運動和制度之內的政治空間。近日民間推動支持民主的市民積極參與立法會的功能組別選舉,期望民主派能夠取得過半數議席,繼而在下年的選舉委員會也取得過半數席位,推舉一位民主派的行政長官候選人。這個正是在制度之內,盡量爭取政治空間去推動行政長官和立法會雙普選,以及改善政府施政的最可行辦法。

香港現時的政制雖然不民主,但法律設下的框架,理論上是一條可以落實行政長官和立法會雙普選的門路。此外,立法會的立法權力雖然備受限制,但要否決政府的惡法和劣政,只需簡單多數票就可以。所以,比起制度上的局限,缺乏足夠的民主派議員,才是民主改革不興、惡法劣政難擋的最重要原因。

立法會和選委會必須有超過一半的民主派議席,才有機會帶來真正的改變。

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Dennis Kwok eNewsletter MAR 2020

23rd March 2020

Further Court Adjournments

Many of us are seriously affected by this second General Adjournment Period (GAP). Public health and safety are paramount, however, the late notification and the lack of alternative plans to use technological solutions are both disappointing. Following the 1st GAP, I have raised all these issues with the Judiciary Administrator, however, there has been no progress. This crisis highlights the urgent need for judicial technological reform which I have been calling for in the past 8 years, many of which do not require legislative change. The Judiciary (similar to LegCo) should have its own independent secretariat support instead of relying on civil servants.

 

In a meeting two weeks ago, I have asked the Chief Secretary to further expand the $80,000 assistant scheme to professionals.

 

I have also contacted both the Bar Council and the Law Society to ask them to consider implementing the following policies:

 

(I) immediately waive and/or refund the practising certificates fees for 2020/2021

 

(II) the Law Society should waive all insurance premiums for 2020/2021 given that the indemnity scheme is in a healthy financial state

 

(III) the Bar and the Law Society should consider giving financial assistance to junior barristers under 5 years’ call and small and medium firms respectively

 

I have asked the Legal Aid Department to immediately settle all outstanding fees owed to solicitors firms and counsel.

 

Stay safe and I shall keep you posted of developments.

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