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Prosecutions Division

Warwick Reid: should we forgive his crimes?

The news that Warwick Reid, the disgraced former director of public prosecutions, is helping people with employment problems in his native New Zealand was met with incredulity in some quarters.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 5:21am 5 comments

The Prosecutions division is not rotten, says DPP

Readers may recall we recently wrote about the Prosecutions Department in a piece headed "Something's Rotten in the Prosecution's Department", in which we fretted over the numbers leaving the department and the implications for succession. The director of public prosecutions, Kevin Zervos, takes issue with this assessment of the department and says that nothing could be further from the truth.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

Something is 'rotten' in the Prosecutions Department

We gather there has been some amusement in prosecution circles over the claim by outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos, in his recent annual review, that the prosecutors who have departed over the past year "were at or near retirement age".

The response from some observers has been: "Who's he trying to kid?"

4 Dec 2012 - 3:10am

Questions are being asked about David Perry QC

The news that the Prosecutions Department has briefed England's David Perry QC to prosecute the corruption trial of former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan and the Kwok brothers has raised eyebrows in legal circles, not because Perry is other than an excellent choice, but because it smacks of favouritism.

1 Dec 2012 - 3:07am 2 comments

Lawyers not rubbish, says 'misunderstood' judge

The Justice Department yesterday defended private lawyers hired to prosecute complex commercial crime cases after a retiring judge was quoted as saying many were lap sap, or rubbish.

15 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Expert witnesses will get a code of conduct, says chief prosecutor

Expert witnesses should follow a code of conduct to ensure standards in Hong Kong's legal system do not slip behind other jurisdictions, the director of public prosecutions said yesterday.

Grenville Cross made the comments as he released a review of the Prosecutions Division's work for last year, which he described as 'a period of reform'.

8 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Surge in dishonesty puts strain on courts

A dramatic surge in fraud and corruption cases sparked by the economic downturn has left prosecutors under strain and short of resources, the Director of Public Prosecutions warned yesterday.

Grenville Cross SC issued a plea to the Government to substantially increase funds available to his team to enable them to properly combat the mounting workload.

16 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Rising use of Chinese presents challenges

Coping with the challenges of an increasingly bilingual legal system is among aims identified by the Department of Justice.

The Government intends to use its own lawyers in most cases where the Chinese language is used, rather than hiring private barristers.

Special training has been given to counsel who will be in the front line of cases held in Cantonese.

8 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

In-house lawyers play important role

I REFER to the letter from Ms Anne Godfrey (South China Morning Post, June 30), about the desirability of briefing every criminal case to the private Bar. May I in reply make the following comments.

7 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Why we should never pin a price tag on justice in HK

SOME concern has been expressed recently that the Legal Department may be wasting taxpayers' money, may be unaccountable for its actions, and may not be serious about the localisation of its staff. These are serious matters. I would like to show the concern is quite unfounded.

31 Oct 1993 - 12:00am