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8:30am-9:15am: proposed legal aid reform
8:30am-9:15am: Michael Davis, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington; Former Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong
8:30am-9:00am: Priscilla Leung, Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker and Associate Professor of City University’s School of Law
9:00am-9:15am: Lawrence Ma, Chairman, Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation
9:15am-9:30am: new marine species
9:15am-9:30am: Qiu Jianwen, Professor, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University
On Tuesday's Backchat: Proposed legal aid reform; and discovery of new marine species.
Legco’s Legal Service Panel will examine a government paper proposing that legal aid recipients in criminal cases will no longer be able to choose their own lawyers, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The planned revamp came after lawmakers said the system had been abused.
In future, the Director of Legal Aid would assign lawyers to defendants, and nominations would only be accepted in cases such as when the lawyer concerned had already represented the defendant in lower courts.
The paper also proposed lowering the quotas of legal aid cases that lawyers can undertake, and further limiting the number of judicial review cases they can take on.
After 9.15am, we’ll be discussing the discovery of new marine life species in Hong Kong waters.
8:30am-9:30am: covid-19 worldwide
8:30am-9:00am: Paul Tambyah, President of the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection
8:30am-9:15am: Dale Fisher, Senior Consultant, of infectious Diseases, National University Hospital; Chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, WHO
8:30am-9:15am: Prof Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, School of Public Health, HKU
9:15am-9:30am: Leung Wing-mo, former Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory
On Wednesday's Backchat: Covid-19 worldwide; and typhoons.
Singapore is opening its borders to more countries for quarantine-free travel, amid a recent spike of Covid-19 infections.
Meanwhile, Australia’s largest city, Sydney, has also lifted its Covid lockdown after almost four months; while Thailand also plans to fully reopen to vaccinated tourists from ‘low-risk’ countries from November.
After 9.15am, we’re discussing typhoons while Hong Kong embraces the second T8 of the year with tropical storm Kompasu.