【文章】法官必須慎言

2020-04-27 | 信報財經新聞
A14 | 時事評論 | 專業議政

上周,區域法院法官郭偉健在裁決一名男子去年在將軍澳用刀斬傷3名和平留守在連儂隧道的市民時,花了三分之一篇幅來評論反對《逃犯條例》的社會運動,引起嘩然。

法官的言行,不論在法庭內外,都會受到公眾關注。是以,所有法官都必須熟悉和遵守的《法官行為指引》第19段即指出「法庭要秉行公義,而且必須是有目共睹的。法官除了需要事實上做到不偏不倚之外,還要讓外界相信法官是不偏不倚的。如果有理由令人覺得法官存有偏私,這樣很可能使人感到不公平和受屈,更會令外界對司法判決失去信心」。此外,第21段指出可以令外界感到法官不公正的其中一個因素,是法官在法庭上的言行舉止。

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【文章】法官再次敲響的警報

2020-04-17 | 信報財經新聞
A14 | 時事評論 | 專業議政

繼去年反送中運動期間,有香港法官破天荒接受外國傳媒路透訪問,表達對修訂《逃犯條例》的憂慮,擔心香港的司法獨立受損後,日前有資深法官再次透過路透向香港社會發出更危急的警報:香港的司法獨立正受北京領導層攻擊,是自回歸以來對法治的最大威脅,司法獨立作為香港的自由基石,正在為生存而戰。

市民應提高警覺抵禦干預

受訪法官表示,中央政府正試圖「多管齊下」打擊香港的司法制度,以及限制香港法院對核心憲法事務裁決的權力。有接近終審法院首席法官馬道立的人說,馬道立要抗衡共產黨官員視法治為必須維護中共「一黨專政」的工具。他們擔心中央政府會失去耐性而收緊管制,若終審法院的法官任命過程出現干預,可能觸發法官辭職。

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Dennis Kwok eNewsletter APR 2020

8th April 2020

Some further updates on what we have been doing.

Working together with practitioners and the Judiciary to find technological solutions to the GAP. I have written to the Judiciary Administrator and the CJHC to push for progress on this front. A list of technological proposals has been prepared for the Judiciary to consider. At the Special Finance Committee meeting on 7th April, I requested the Judiciary Administrator to announce the Phase 2 Videoconferencing specifications ASAP.
FYI – LegCo approved $680 million for the Judiciary IT plans in 2013. Resources should not be an issue.
Working with the two professional bodies to find ways of providing financial relief and support to members. Some of them have already been announced. I have asked the Administration to include professionals in the next round of Anti-epidemic Fund.
In particular, I have asked the Law Society President to consider waiving or substantially reducing the professional insurance premium for 2020. I understand this is being actively considered by the LS Council.
Stay safe, and if you have any questions please email my LegCo office. Thank you.

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