Wednesday, July 30, 2014   

Justice secretary rejects Bar's criticism
(06-12 16:23)

The Secretary for Justice has rejected criticism by barristers of the white paper issued by the State Council, saying it's not aimed at interfering with the independence of the judiciary.
Rimsky Yuen said the document stresses that Hong Kong enjoys judicial independence and the power of final adjudication. Mr Yuen also played down concerns over a stipulation that local judges should love the country.
He said the requirement is in line with the Basic Law and the white paper should not be taken out of context.
His comments came a day after barristers strongly criticized the white paper. The Bar Association said it was "erroneous" to consider judges and judicial officers to be "administrators," because this would send the wrong message that they "are part of the machinery of the government and sing in unison with it."--RTHK   
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