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Article: Judicial autonomy in Hong Kong

TitleJudicial autonomy in Hong Kong
Authors
Keywordsconstitutional interpretation
final adjudication
judicial autonomy
judicial independence
jurisdiction
one country two systems
Issue Date2010
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105836
Citation
China Information, 2010, v. 24 n. 3, p. 295-315 How to Cite?
AbstractTo assess the degree of judicial autonomy under an autonomous framework, there are five criteria concerning the courts of the autonomous entity: (1) judicial independence; (2) jurisdiction on purely local matters; (3) the power of final adjudication; (4) the power of final interpretation of its own constitution; and (5) a fair mechanism to resolve disputes arising from conflicts between the exercise of powers by the autonomous entity and the sovereign state. The judicial autonomy of Hong Kong after China resumed to exercise sovereignty over Hong Kong is examined according to these criteria. The substantial differences between Hong Kong's economic, legal, constitutional, and political systems and China's may explain the subtle conflicts that the Hong Kong judiciary has encountered in the last 13 years. The Hong Kong Judiciary has learned that it can only exercise its judicial autonomy in accordance with its sense of constitutional justice inherited mainly from the common law if it can tactfully handle the inherent differences between "one country" and "two systems." However, whether that means a weakened version of judicial autonomy or a strategic way to achieve the highest attainable degree of judicial autonomy within constraints is a matter on which commentators have different opinions. © The Author(s) 2010.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137311
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.966
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.491
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dc.contributor.authorTai, BYTen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-26T14:23:04Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-26T14:23:04Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationChina Information, 2010, v. 24 n. 3, p. 295-315en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0920-203Xen_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137311-
dc.description.abstractTo assess the degree of judicial autonomy under an autonomous framework, there are five criteria concerning the courts of the autonomous entity: (1) judicial independence; (2) jurisdiction on purely local matters; (3) the power of final adjudication; (4) the power of final interpretation of its own constitution; and (5) a fair mechanism to resolve disputes arising from conflicts between the exercise of powers by the autonomous entity and the sovereign state. The judicial autonomy of Hong Kong after China resumed to exercise sovereignty over Hong Kong is examined according to these criteria. The substantial differences between Hong Kong's economic, legal, constitutional, and political systems and China's may explain the subtle conflicts that the Hong Kong judiciary has encountered in the last 13 years. The Hong Kong Judiciary has learned that it can only exercise its judicial autonomy in accordance with its sense of constitutional justice inherited mainly from the common law if it can tactfully handle the inherent differences between "one country" and "two systems." However, whether that means a weakened version of judicial autonomy or a strategic way to achieve the highest attainable degree of judicial autonomy within constraints is a matter on which commentators have different opinions. © The Author(s) 2010.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105836en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofChina Informationen_HK
dc.rightsChina Information. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.en_US
dc.subjectconstitutional interpretationen_HK
dc.subjectfinal adjudicationen_HK
dc.subjectjudicial autonomyen_HK
dc.subjectjudicial independenceen_HK
dc.subjectjurisdictionen_HK
dc.subjectone country two systemsen_HK
dc.titleJudicial autonomy in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailTai, BYT:yttai@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0920203X10379361en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume24en_HK
dc.identifier.issue3en_HK
dc.identifier.spage295en_HK
dc.identifier.epage315en_HK
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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