The president of Macau’s highest court has supported a decoupling of Macau’s judiciary from its Portuguese heritage and legal framework, citing nationalist concerns and “huge differences” in morals, ethics and culture.
Macau Court of Final Appeal president Sam Hou Fai told a ceremony marking the start of the judicial year that with the “one country, two systems” agreement for Macau now in mid-phase, it is “necessary to scrutinise” the presence of Portuguese elements in the law.
There should be “scrutiny of and research into challenges and problems faced in application of a legal system transplanted from Portugal into Macau”, he said.
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