Legal update

Commentaries on the latest legal issues

Protecting Cats and Dogs in Traffic Accidents

It has long been the case that a driver does not need to stop in a traffic accident involving injuries to cats and dogs. That has changed since November 2021. Failing to stop in those cases is now a criminal offence.

The 6 Steps Affirmed

In a record-breaking drug bust, a man received the lengthiest sentence in Hong Kong history. On appeal, the court reviewed the sentencing principles of substantial quantities of drugs and clarified how the 6-step in Herry Jane Yusuph should be applied.

Pathologist’s Dilemma

Pathologists play an essential role in the death investigation system in Hong Kong. A pathologist performing an autopsy is under a special duty to the Coroner’s Court.

The Ever Expanding Smoking Ban

Hong Kong has a stringent and discouraging smoking ban. Following this policy, emerging alternative products are prohibited, and importing them into Hong Kong is an offence.

Can you choose the sex of your baby?

A doctor being disciplined exposes a long-standing ethical problem in reproductive medicine – Some parents’ preference for the sex of their child. Which also leads to criminal liabilities.

Child and the Dog

People love pets these days. We love giving them treats and head scratches. But on occasion, we do get hurt by these cute predators. When it does, what are the legal consequences for the pet owner?

Don’t Mess with Cats

On the same day (23/5), two persons were convicted of crimes related to cruelty to cats. In both cases, veterinarian evidence was essential in assessing the defendant’s culpability.

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