Defendant Tong Ying-kit was brought to West Kowloon Court for the second time on Tuesday, three months after he was held on remand for allegedly violating the Beijing-imposed legislation at a protest on July 1, the day after the sweeping law came into effect. Three constables were said to have suffered serious injuries in the incident. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. The Post was told the justice department had yet to determine whether to allow jurors to preside over the trial. The national security law also allows for sentences ranging up to life imprisonment, and sets out minimum sentences of up to 10 years in severe cases.
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Magistrates' Courts hear a wide range of offences, both summary and indictable. The more serious indictable offences are referred to either the District Court or the Court of First Instance. Most are disposed of at that level. It may also make care or protection orders in respect of children or juveniles. Minor offences such as hawking, traffic contraventions and littering are heard in the Magistrates' Courts by Special Magistrates.
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By Greg Torode , James Pomfret. Judges and lawyers say there are signs Beijing is trying to limit the authority of Hong Kong courts to rule on core constitutional matters. Amid gasps and snorts of derision, the man was escorted from the microphone, the witnesses said.
The office of the city's leader Carrie Lam confirmed the resignation of Australian judge James Spigelman but did not give a reason. Spigelman, the former chief justice of New South Wales, is the first senior judge to resign and publicly cite the law, passed by China's parliament on June 30 without any Hong Kong legislative process or consultation. The Polish-born jurist told the ABC that he had resigned for reasons "related to the content of the national security legislation" but did not elaborate further.