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HK enjoys independent judicial power

June 27, 2014

Hong Kong enjoys independent judicial power including that of final adjudication, and the Basic Law clearly states that Hong Kong courts will exercise this power independently, free from any interference, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

 

In response to a legal profession procession today, the statement said the rule of law is the cornerstone of the city’s success, and is also a cherished core value.

 

The Government attaches great importance to the rule of law and judicial independence, and the department at all times regards upholding the rule of law and judicial independence as its top priority, it said.

 

The statement noted that the Judiciary has been exercising its independent judicial power, including that of final adjudication, in a just and fair manner in accordance with the Basic Law, making great contribution to the rule of law, and believes that it will continue to do so.

 

The statement also said the white paper the State Council’s Information Office recently published aims to systematically explain and sum up the situation concerning the 'One country, two systems' policy implementation in the city. There is no intention to interfere with the rule of law and judicial independence.

 

It added the white paper made repeated references to the fact that the Hong Kong enjoys independent judicial power including that of final adjudication. Hong Kong's legal system will undoubtedly continue to effectively protect citizens' rights in all aspects.



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