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Costs of breifing out external counsel

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Nawin Santikarn

Dear Department of Justice,

I understand the Department maintains statistics on the expenditure incurred relating to the costs of external counsel 'briefed out' by the Department (see eg. https://www.legco.gov.hk/yr17-18/english...)

I should be grateful if you could please provide me with details of costs relating to the hire of legal services and related professional fees in cases 'briefed out' by the Department to external barristers/legal practitioners, specifically:

1. The aggregate costs incurred in the 2016-17, and 2017-18 financial years (respectively) in Judicial Review applications where the Director of Immigration and/or the Torture Claims Appeals Board are named respondents.

2. The aggregate costs incurred as of 21 May 2019 in the cases of Milagros Tecson Comilang and Others v Director of Immigration and Desiree Rante Luis and others v Director of Immigration, with a breakdown of costs incurred at first instance, on appeal to the Court of Appeal, and on further appeal to the Court of Final Appeal.

3. The aggregate costs incurred in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years (respectively) in defending claims for unlawful detention and/or false imprisonment.

Yours faithfully,

Nawin Santikarn
Linklaters Justice Fellow
Justice Centre Hong Kong

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1 cd, Department of Justice

Dear Mr. Santikarn,
Our department has received your application for access to information on
21 May 2019. Your application is now under processing. According to
paragraph 1.16 of the Code on Access to Information, our department will
inform you of the latest progress of the case separately on or before 10
June 2019. In the meantime, please contact me at 3918 4437 if you have any
enquiry.

Regards,
Maggie Or
Executive Officer (Civil Division)1
Department of Justice

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1 cd, Department of Justice

Dear Mr. Santikarn,

I refer to your application for access to information on 21 May 2019 and
our interim reply on 30 May 2019.  Please be advised that we are still
processing your application and shall let you have a substantive reply as
soon as possible.  Please contact me at 3918 4437 if you have any enquiry.
Regards,
Maggie Or
Executive Officer (Civil Division)1
Department of Justice

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