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The Common Law in Two VoicesLanguage, Law, and the Postcolonial Dilemma in Hong Kong$
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Kwai Hang Ng

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761642

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761642.001.0001

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The Challenge of Legal Bilingualism in Hong Kong

The Challenge of Legal Bilingualism in Hong Kong

(p.3) Chapter 1 The Challenge of Legal Bilingualism in Hong Kong
The Common Law in Two Voices
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This chapter explains why legal bilingualism in Hong Kong means far more than the introduction of another language into the legal system. It describes what happens in Cantonese and English courtrooms, the social character of institutions, the status of legal bilingualism, the challenges of Cantonese as a legal language, the common law system in Hong Kong, and the rule of law on colonial Hong Kong. It also presents an overview of the topics and defines the coverage of the common law, civil cases, the Hong Kong legal system, and the English legal system.

Keywords:   Hong Kong legal system, English courtrooms, Cantonese courtrooms, bilingualism, English law system, common law

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