Date
18 November 2017
law Society president Ambrose Lam is calling on the council to criticize the Bar Association's stand on the 2017 chief executive election. Photo: HKEJ
law Society president Ambrose Lam is calling on the council to criticize the Bar Association's stand on the 2017 chief executive election. Photo: HKEJ

Rebuff to Law Society president’s call to slam barristers

Some Law Society council members have rejected a call by president Ambrose Lam to endorse a letter condemning the Bar Association’s position on public nomination for the 2017 chief executive election, Apple Daily reported Monday.

The association said Friday that electoral rules for the poll must ensure that people entitled to vote have a “free choice of candidates” and that there should be a spectrum or plurality of candidates for the voters.

Law Society president Ambrose Lam asked the council to authorize an official letter stating that the association should not be involved in politics as a legal body, the report said.

Lam insisted that public nomination in 2017 goes against the Basic Law and the legal sector should defend this position and not back down because of political pressure.

Some council members reportedly responded via email, saying the association had not changed its position and should be respected. Others suggested Lam not issue a statement, the report said.

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