Department of Justice

Beijing agencies in Hong Kong bound by local laws, Justice Department says

Timothy Tong Hin-ming. Photo: Dickson Lee

All employees of offices set up in Hong Kong by the central government are to obey the city's laws, as laid out in the Basic Law, the Department of Justice says.

Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 5:10am 1 comment

Renewing qualifications is a must for most professions

Jonathan Ng, Deputy Executive Director of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Photo: Nora Tam

From accountants to doctors, most professions in Hong Kong have had mandatory continuing education for at least 10 years.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:30am

Ex-TVB presenter Stephen Chan faces a third hearing

Stephen Chan gives a victory smile yesterday after the second hearing but later found out there would be another appeal. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Chan, 54, smiled but remained tight-lipped as he left his retrial in District Court at noon after his acquittal. Within an hour or two, the Department of Justice said it would take the case back to the Court of Appeal in a "case stated" procedure.

8 Mar 2013 - 5:16am 13 comments

Beijing's late move in extradition fight over fugitive accountant revealed

Beijing's late move in extradition fight over fugitive accountant revealed

A Spanish court freed a fugitive accountant wanted by Hong Kong over an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud despite an eleventh-hour intervention by Beijing, the Sunday Morning Post has learned.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am 2 comments

Paul Chan Mo-po avoids drink-driving charge

Paul Chan says he will be mindful of public expectations.

The Department of Justice has decided not to take any action against the development minister for driving after drinking beer in October.

It said yesterday that a video posted on the internet, allegedly showing Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po driving his car after consuming alcohol at a family lunch, "appeared to have been edited".

26 Jan 2013 - 4:45am 2 comments

Devil in the detail of government's case for interpretation

Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. Photo: David Wong

Many government critics are barking up the wrong tree. The government has every right as a litigant to suggest the top court ask Beijing for an interpretation of residency rights.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:50pm 6 comments

Independence day

Independence day

"The independence of prosecutorial decision making," said Nicholas Cowdery QC, past president of the International Association of Prosecutors, "is the rock on which we stand." When deciding on cases, prosecutors must act independently. Moreover, like judges, they must also be seen to be acting impartially.

3 Dec 2012 - 6:52am 3 comments

Weakening of watchdogs may be no accident

A profession under siege?

Our recent reflections on the "hollowing out" of the prosecutions division in the Department of Justice have drawn comments from some of our readers. We had called attention to the shortage of senior prosecutors and the problem this caused in appointing a replacement for Kevin Zervos when he steps down as Director of Public Prosecutions in the not too distant future.

5 Oct 2012 - 2:15am 2 comments

Versions differ on deletion of files

Gavin Shiu, a senior Department of Justice prosecutor, and his secretary yesterday gave seemingly conflicting testimony when asked in court yesterday about the deletion of files related to a fraud trial.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Prosecutor's secretary breaks silence on missing files

A secretary in the Department of Justice made a U-turn in a legal case yesterday, co-operating with police after initially refusing to speak to investigators, the District Court heard.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Senior prosecutor to testify on deleted files

A senior public prosecutor has been ordered to appear as a witness next month at a hearing on the deletion of documents on Department of Justice (DOJ) computers.

The documents relate to a fraud trial that was adjourned last month because of the missing evidence.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Account for missing files, justice department told

A judge has ordered the Department of Justice to reveal which prosecution documents relating to a fraud trial were deleted from its computers. The trial was adjourned last month because of the missing evidence.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Taxi driver misses out on HK$2m windfall

A taxi driver who found a bag containing more than HK$2 million in his cab a year ago has been told the bad news - he can't keep it. The rightful owner had belatedly stepped forward to reclaim his fortune - won at a Macau casino - and officials have now confirmed his credentials.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Rule of law issues cause for concern

I refer to the debate about who should control the process that decides whether to press charges at the end of investigations involving senior government officials.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

'Head kick' boy let off

Police will not prosecute a 10-year-old boy who was arrested after kicking a 12-year-old in the head during a football match last month.

The incident was filmed by a spectator and uploaded to YouTube.

The boy's parents have been informed of police's decision. The family of the victim will meet Justice Department representatives to discuss the case.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am