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Macau to maintain judicial autonomy

Court of Final Appeal (TUI) President Sam Hou Fai said on Monday that the local government would maintain the judiciary’s autonomy as it has done since the city’s change in administration in 1999. Sam made the remark while addressing the opening ceremony of a closed-door forum with mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and local judiciary officials, […]

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:54 am

Court of Final Appeal (TUI) President Sam Hou Fai said on Monday that the local government would maintain the judiciary’s autonomy as it has done since the city’s change in administration in 1999.

Sam made the remark while addressing the opening ceremony of a closed-door forum with mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and local judiciary officials, where they discussed judicial co-operation among the nation’s four different jurisdictions at MGM.

This was the first time the two-day forum has been held in Macau since it began in 2011. It’s the third forum of its kind.

Sam said in his opening speech that since the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) on December 20, 1999, the government had steadfastly maintained the city’s judicial autonomy. He pledged the local judiciary would continue to improve its efficiency and transparency, while strengthening judicial co-operation among the country’s four different jurisdictions.

Meanwhile, Supreme People’s Court President Zhou Qiang said in his speech that in the past year, the Beijing-based court had dealt with about 13,000 judicial cases involving Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan compatriots, a ten-fold increase since 2008. (macaunews/macaupost)

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:54 am

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