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On 20 December 2017, Senior Legal Aid Counsel / Application and Processing (1), Mr Simon Lau and Legal Aid Counsel / Kowloon Branch Office, Ms Krista Sze (fifth and sixth from left in the first row) briefed a group of 41 Mainland officials from Guizhou Province on the role and services of the Legal Aid Department.
On 15 December 2017, the Director of Legal Aid / Mr Thomas Kwong (fifth left) , Deputy Director of Legal Aid / Administration, Mr Chris Chong (second left), Deputy Director of Legal Aid / Litigation, Ms Juliana Chan (seventh left), and Acting Deputy Director of Legal Aid / Application and Processing, Ms Y W Mo (fourth left ) met with a seven-member delegation led by Mr Liu Zhiqiang, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Justice of the Central People’s Government (sixth left) to discuss and exchange views on the provision of legal aid services in Hong Kong. The delegation also met with officials of other bureaux and departments during their stay in Hong Kong. The visit was organised by the Information Services Department.
Acting Senior Legal Aid Counsel / Application and Processing (1), Mr Ivan Yim introduced the work and services of Legal Aid Department to a group of Mainland students and teachers from the Sichuan University on 8 December 2017. Picture shows Mr Ivan Yim (left) received a souvenir from the representative of the delegation.
Assistant Director of Legal Aid / Policy and Development, Ms Doris Lui, Legal Aid Counsel / Legal and Management Support, Miss Anna Tsang and Acting Senior Law Clerk I / Legal and Management Support, Mr C S Tsang (third, second and first from right in the second row) briefed a group of secondary school students on the Department’s organisation and services, and daily work of Legal Aid Counsel and Law Clerk on 28 November 2017. The visit, organised by the Law Society of Hong Kong, also comprised a case hearing at the High Court.
Assistant Principal Legal Aid Counsel / Application and Processing (1), Miss Ada Wong (centre), Legal Aid Counsel / Kowloon Branch Office, Mr James Yeung (right) and Senior Law Clerk I / Information and Application Services Unit, Mr Ivan Lee (left) hosted a talk on 25 November 2017 to offer advice to workers on how to apply legal aid when they were injured at work. The talk was organised by the Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims.
Director of Legal Aid, Mr Thomas Kwong (third left, second row on right side of the stage) officiated at the opening ceremony of Law Week 2017 at Science Park on 25 November 2017. Also officiating at the opening ceremony were the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam and the Legislative Councillor, Mr Dennis Kwok (first and fourth from right, second row on left side of the stage); the President of the Law Society of Hong Kong, Mr Thomas So, the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, the Hon Mr Justice Geoffrey Ma, and the Chairlady of Law Week 2017 Organising Committee, Ms Nancy Leung (first, second and fifth from left, second row on right side of the stage).
A total of 44 Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students from two secondary schools under the Caritas Youth & Community Service's Mentorship Alliance of “Multicultural Dream Pursuit Project” (2017/18) visited the Department on 15 and 22 November 2017 respectively. Each visit, comprising a case hearing at the High Court and an introduction on the daily work of Legal Aid Counsel and Law Clerk, aims to help NCS students to understand the operation of the Department and provide them career-related information and advice.
Picture (1) shows Assistant Director of Legal Aid / Policy and Development, Ms Doris Lui (standing) was welcoming the students, and thereafter Legal Aid Counsel / Crime, Ms Charis Li (left) and Senior Law Clerk II / Application and Processing (2), Mr Edmond Chau (right) briefed the students on 15 November 2017.
Picture (2) shows Assistant Director of Legal Aid / Policy and Development, Ms Doris Lui (fifth right in the front row), Legal Aid Counsel / Application and Processing (2), Mr Patrick Wong and Senior Law Clerk II /Civil Litigation (2), Miss Anna Lau (seventh and sixth from right in the front row) and the students after the briefing on 22 November 2017.
Acting Deputy Director of Legal Aid / Application and Processing, Ms Y W Mo (fourth left in the front row) and Assistant Principal Legal Aid Counsel / Application and Processing (2), Ms Amy Lee (second left in the front row) received a group of Senior Chinese Judges and delegates on 16 October 2017 and briefed them on Hong Kong’s legal aid system. The visit was part of the 11th Advanced Programme for Chinese Senior Judges organised by the City University of Hong Kong’s Law School.
Two staff members of Legal Aid Department, Mr John Chu / Senior Law Clerk I and Ms Maggie Chan / Assistant Clerical Officer (Administration) 2 (fourth and third from left in the second row), received Individual Awards of the Ombudsman's Awards 2017 in recognition of their outstanding performance in complaint handling on 11 October 2017.
The Director of Legal Aid, Mr Thomas Kwong (second right) posed with two awardees (fifth and sixth from right) and representatives of the Department after the Ombudsman’s Awards Presentation Ceremony.
Senior Legal Aid Counsel / Kowloon Branch Office, Mr Jason Chan (left) and Legal Aid Counsel / Crime, Mr David Chow (right) introduced the role and operation of the Legal Aid Department and requirements to be Legal Aid Counsel to law students of The University of Hong Kong on 3 October 2017. The visit was organised by Law Association of The Hong Kong University Students’ Union.
On 22 and 23 September 2017, a total of 13 Professional Officers of the Department participated in the “Free Legal Advice Programme” , which is part of a series of events under Law Week 2017 organised by the Law Society of Hong Kong. The Professional Officers took turn to provide advice on issues relating to legal aid services at the Department’s booth on both days.
Picture shows two participating counsel Legal Aid Counsel / Kowloon Branch Office, Mr James Yeung (left) and Legal Aid Counsel / Application and Processing, Mr Philip Cheng.
Picture shows two participating counsel Legal Aid Counsel / Kowloon Branch Office, Mr James Yeung (left) and Legal Aid Counsel / Application and Processing, Mr Philip Cheng.
Acting Senior Legal Aid Counsel / Kowloon Branch Office, Miss Eliza Ching (fifth right in the front row) and Legal Aid Counsel / Civil Litigation (1), Ms Michelle Lee (fourth right in the front row) introduced the work and services of the department to a group of Mainland officials from Shinjang Uyghur Aptonom Rayoni on 27 July 2017. The visit was organised by Hong Kong Financial Services Institute.
On 17 July 2017, a group of law students from the Peking University, who had participated in a scholarship programme organised by the Hong Kong Bar Association, visited the Legal Aid Department. Legal Aid Counsel / Crime, Ms Charis Li (fourth left in the front row) briefed them on the legal aid system and independence of justice in Hong Kong.
Legal Aid Counsel / Crime, Mr David Chow (fifth right in the front row) and Legal Aid Counsel / Legal and Management Support, Miss Frizia Chik (fourth right in the front row) introduced Hong Kong’s legal aid system to a group of Mainland students and teachers from South China University of Technology, China on 12 July 2017. The visit was organised by the City University of Hong Kong.
Senior Legal Aid Counsel / Application and Processing, Mr Simon Lau and Legal Aid Counsel / Legal and Management Support, Miss Melody Chui introduced the work and services of Legal Aid Department to a group of Mainland officials from Anhui Province on 6 July 2017. The visit was organised by Hong Kong Financial Services Institute. Picture shows Mr Simon Lau (centre) presented a souvenir to a representative of the delegation, on looking was Miss Melody Chui.
The Director of Legal Aid / Mr Thomas Kwong (first left in the front row), Assistant Director of Legal Aid / Litigation, Ms Sherman Cheung (second left in the back row) and Assistant Director of Legal Aid / Policy and Development, Ms Doris Lui (first left in the back row) met with Ms Tania Chin, Deputy Consul General (New Zealand) (second right in the front row), Ms Liliane Khadour, Consul (Canada) (second right in the back row), Mr Steven Hodge, Consul (Australia) (first right in the back row) and Mr Michael Cheng, Consular Officer (Canada) (first right in the front row) on 26 June 2017. The visit was organised by Consulate General of Canada to learn more about the parameters of the services provided by the Legal Aid Department.
Senior Legal Aid Counsel / Application and Processing, Mr Ivan Yim (fourth right in the back row) and Legal Aid Counsel / Application and Processing, Miss Michelle Yip (fourth right in the front row) introduced Hong Kong’s legal aid system to a group of Mainland officials from the Common Law Training Scheme 2016/2017 of the Department of Justice on 13 June 2017.
On 6 June 2017, Senior Legal Aid Counsel / Civil Litigation (2), Ms Janet Fung introduced to over 200 social workers and frontline staff of the Social Welfare Department as well as other non-governmental organisations the work and services of the Legal Aid Department relating to family issues including divorce, maintenance, child custody and guardianship of minor. A video introducing the Department’s services was shown and information pamphlets on legal aid services were also distributed before the sharing session.
Two groups of secondary school students under the CLAP for Youth @JC visited the Department on April 10 and 21, 2017 respectively. The purpose of the visit is to understand the function of the Legal Aid Department and the daily work of Legal Aid Counsel and Law Clerks. Comprising a court hearing and a sharing session with staff of the two departmental grades, the project was funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and co-organised by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist University. Picture (1) shows Legal Aid Counsel / Kowloon Branch Office, Ms Rita Chin (first right in the front row) and Senior Law Clerk II / Application and Processing (Office Support), Miss Stephanie Wong (first right in the back row) with the students after the visit on April 10, 2017.
Picture (1) shows Legal Aid Counsel / Kowloon Branch Office, Ms Rita Chin (first right in the front row) and Senior Law Clerk II / Application and Processing (Office Support), Miss Stephanie Wong (first right in the back row) with the students after the visit on April 10, 2017.
Picture (2) shows Assistant Director of Legal Aid / Policy and Development, Ms Doris Lui (sixth left in the second row), Legal Aid Counsel / Crime, Miss Eliza Ching (fifth left in the second row) and Senior Law Clerk II / Crime, Mr K H Wong (second right in the last row) after the visit on April 21, 2017. Picture (2) shows Assistant Director of Legal Aid / Policy and Development, Ms Doris Lui (sixth left in the second row), Legal Aid Counsel / Crime, Miss Eliza Ching (fifth left in the second row) and Senior Law Clerk II / Crime, Mr K H Wong (second right in the last row) after the visit on April 21, 2017.
Senior Legal Aid Counsel / Kowloon Branch Office, Mr Jason Chan (standing) introduced the role and operation of the Legal Aid Department and the daily work of Legal Aid Counsel to members of Law Association of The Hong Kong University Students’ Union on 10 April, 2017. Titled “Paving Your Future Career Path”, the talk was organised by Law Association of The Hong Kong University Students’ Union and conducted at Centennial Campus of The University of Hong Kong.
Senior Legal Aid Counsel / Kowloon Branch Office, Mr Jason Chan and Legal Aid Counsel / Legal and Management Support, Miss Dora Yeung (fourth and fifth from left in the first row) introduced Hong Kong’s legal aid system to a group of Mainland officials from Guizhou Province on 24 February 2017. The visit was organised by HK Wen Wei Management College.
The Secretary for Civil Service, Mr Clement Cheung visited the Legal Aid Department on 23 February 2017 to learn more about the work of the Department and to take the opportunity to meet its staff. Mr Cheung started his visit by meeting the Director of Legal Aid, Mr Thomas Kwong, and other directorate officers of the Department. He then toured the Legal and Management Support Section under the Policy and Administration Division and subsequently visited the Application and Processing Division to better understand how its staff process civil legal aid applications on the basis of prescribed means and merits tests. Later, he toured the Crime Section of the Litigation Division and was briefed on the processing of criminal legal aid applications and handling of criminal litigation at all court levels. He also noted the Section launched the Remote Official Visit System in May last year, which allows staff to interview inmates at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre who apply for criminal legal aid through a video conferencing in the office. Mr Cheung also met with staff representatives of various grades at a tea gathering to exchange views on issues of concern before concluding his visit. Picture 1 shows the Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Clement Cheung (right) meeting with the Director of Legal Aid, Mr Thomas Kwong (left) to learn more about the work of the Department.
Picture 1 shows the Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Clement Cheung (right) meeting with the Director of Legal Aid, Mr Thomas Kwong (left) to learn more about the work of the Department.
Picture 2 shows the Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Clement Cheung (right) is briefed by front-line staff members of the Information and Application Services Unit about their work on provision of enquiry and appointment services to the public while touring the Application and Processing Division. Picture 2 shows the Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Clement Cheung (right) is briefed by front-line staff members of the Information and Application Services Unit about their work on provision of enquiry and appointment services to the public while touring the Application and Processing Division.
Picture 3 shows the Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Clement Cheung (left) is briefed by staff of the Crime Section of the Litigation Division on the processing of criminal legal aid applications and handling of criminal litigation at all court levels. Picture 3 shows the Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Clement Cheung (left) is briefed by staff of the Crime Section of the Litigation Division on the processing of criminal legal aid applications and handling of criminal litigation at all court levels.
The Director of Legal Aid / Mr Thomas Kwong (right) took part in the recording of an interview arranged by TVB about judicial review on 25 January 2017. The interview was broadcast in the programme “A Closer Look” at TVB iNews on 30 January 2017 as well as in TVB-Jade’s main newscast and late newscast in the same evening. The Director of Legal Aid / Mr Thomas Kwong (right) took part in the recording of an interview arranged by TVB about judicial review on 25 January 2017. The interview was broadcast in the programme “A Closer Look” at TVB iNews on 30 January 2017 as well as in TVB-Jade’s main newscast and late newscast in the same evening.
Deputy Director of Legal Aid / Litigation, Ms Juliana OY Chan (second right) and Assistant Director of Legal Aid / Policy and Development, Ms Doris Lui (first right) met with Mr Wang Xie, Deputy Director General of Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Justice (second left) and Mr Xin Feng from Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Justice (first left) on 12 January 2017 and exchanged views on the provision of legal aid in Hong Kong. Deputy Director of Legal Aid / Litigation, Ms Juliana OY Chan (second right) and Assistant Director of Legal Aid / Policy and Development, Ms Doris Lui (first right) met with Mr Wang Xie, Deputy Director General of Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Justice (second left) and Mr Xin Feng from Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Justice (first left) on 12 January 2017 and exchanged views on the provision of legal aid in Hong Kong.

Replies to written questions raised by Finance Committee Members in examining the Draft Estimates of Expenditure 2017-18

 
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