Plan for judiciary rejected
RECOMMENDATIONS aimed at speeding up localisation in the Legal Department have been rejected as unnecessary and superfluous.
The proposals were made by a departmental working group after it admitted that allowing expatriate officers to transfer to local terms would reduce the chances of promotion for locals.
They were intended to build up a pool of local officers without the right of abode elsewhere to fill senior posts, as required by the Basic Law.
One of the recommendations was to create extra principal crown counsel posts to give local officers more opportunities to act in senior positions.
Another would make expatriates consultants for temporary tasks, vacating their posts for local officers.
But the Local Crown Counsel Association, in its submission to the working group, criticised the proposal to create more principal crown counsel posts as further delaying localisation at directorate level. Principal crown counsel is at the bottom of the directorate level.
The association was disappointed the working group had not suggested promoting officers who had more than 10 years' experience.
It also expressed disappointment that the working group had not considered bilingualism as a criteria for the appointment and promotion of officers.