LegCo Paper No. CB(2) 1537/96-97
Ref : CB2/BC/14/96

Bills Committee on the Supreme Court (Amendment) Bill 1997

Minutes of the First Meeting held on Wednesday, 12 March 1997 at 2:00 pm in Conference Room B of the Legislative Council Building

Members Present :

    Hon Margaret NG (Chairman)
    Hon Martin LEE, QC, JP
    Hon Emily LAU Wai-hing
    Hon Albert HO Chun-yan
Members Absent :
    Hon Ronald ARCULLI, OBE, JP*
    Hon James TO Kun-sun*
    Hon Christine LOH Kung-wai*
    Hon IP Kwok-him*
    Hon Ambrose LAU Hon-chuen, JP*
    Hon Mrs Elizabeth WONG, CBE, ISO, JP*

Clerk in Attendance :

    Mrs Sharon TONG
    Chief Assistant Secretary (2)1
Staff in Attendance :
    Mr Stephen LAM
    Assistant Legal Adviser 4
    Mr Alan YU
    Senior Assistant Secretary (2)1

I. Election of Chairman

Miss Margaret NG was elected Chairman of the Bills Committee.

II. Way Forward

2. Members agreed to invite the Administration to brief members on the Bill, and the Hong Kong Bar Association and the Law Society of Hong Kong to present their views on the Bill at the next meeting. Members also agreed to invite submissions from the JUSTICE, the Human Rights Monitor, the Human Rights Watch and the Amnesty International. Should these organizations indicate interest to meet the Bills Committee, they would be invited to the meeting.

3. Mr Martin LEE suggested and the Chairman agreed to inform the press that the Committee would welcome any comments or submissions from any interested parties.

III. Date of next meetings

4. The next meetings of the Bills Committee were scheduled as follows -




a) Saturday
22 March 1997

11 am - 1:00 pm

Conference Room B

b) Wednesday
2 April 1997

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Conference Room B

c) Wednesday
16 April 1997

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Conference Room B

IV. Any Other Business

5. Members noted Mr Martin LEE’s wish to withdraw from the Bills Committee after this meeting in view of his absence from Hong Kong.

V. Close of Meeting

6. The meeting ended at 2:10 pm.

LegCo Secretariat
14 March 1997

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