Hong Kong – Intimidation against judges stringently followed up

Intimidation against judges stringently followed up

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     In response to threatening letters received by the Judiciary, the Department of Justice issued the following statement today (November 23):

     Intimidation against judges and judicial officers is despicable and heinous. Recently, the situation has become serious. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government strongly deplores such illegal acts which are blatant defiance of the law and undermine the rule of law. Law enforcement agencies will leave no stone unturned in bringing the culprit to justice.

     Article 85 of the Basic Law guarantees that the courts of the HKSAR shall exercise judicial power independently, free from any interference. In exercising their judicial power, judges must take into account the applicable law and evidence. Their judgments set out the full reasons for arriving at the decision. This is in accord with the basic principle that judges are to decide cases according to the law impartially and independently.

     Those who turn a blind eye to the reasons of the court’s rulings, and act unlawfully with an attempt to exert undue influence on judges based merely on their own likings on the outcomes of cases not only reveal their ignorance, cowardice and disregard of the law, but will also be in futile.

     Criminal intimidation against judges and judicial officers is a serious offence. Members of the public should not break the law. Offenders have to bear legal consequences.

Hong Kong – Intimidation against judges handled seriously

Intimidation against judges handled seriously

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     In response to the criminal intimidation against judges threatening their personal safety after they have delivered a judgment, the Department of Justice issued the following statement today (July 27):

     The Department of Justice has reiterated that in exercising judicial power, a judge is required to handle cases strictly in accordance with applicable law and evidence. Article 85 of the Basic Law guarantees that the courts of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) shall exercise judicial power independently, free from any interference. Intimidation against judges, who perform judicial duties, and posing threats to their personal safety, are unacceptable. The HKSAR Government will take resolute actions and will not tolerate such illegal acts which disregard the law and undermine the rule of law. Police will leave no stone unturned to apprehend the culprit so as to safeguard the city’s public peace and safety.

     Under section 24 of the Crimes Ordinance, anyone who threatens any other person with injury to him/her shall be guilty and liable on conviction upon indictment to imprisonment for five years. The Department of Justice warned that criminal intimidation is a serious offence and members of the public should not break the law.

Hong Kong – Intimidation against judges intolerable

Intimidation against judges intolerable

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     In response to the criminal intimidation against a judge, the Department of Justice issued the following statement today (May 28):

     In exercising judicial power, a judge is required to handle cases strictly in accordance with the law and evidence. Article 85 of the Basic Law stipulates that the courts of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) shall exercise judicial power independently, free from any interference. A judge in performing judicial duties has received intimidation. The HKSAR Government will take resolute actions and will not tolerate such illegal acts which disregard the law and undermine the rule of law. Police are actively following up on the case in order to apprehend the culprit.

     Under section 24 of the Crimes Ordinance, anyone who threatens any other person with injury to him/ her shall be guilty and liable on conviction upon indictment to imprisonment for five years. Members of the public are urged not to break the law.