The niece of a top judge faces a hearing today on whether her controversial sentence of a year's probation for her third conviction of assaulting a police officer should be increased. The speedily arranged hearing in Eastern Court this afternoon before Anthony Yuen Wai-ming, the magistrate who sentenced Amina Mariam Bokhary, follows an outcry from the police and the public at the leniency of the sentence. The Department of Justice said on Wednesday it would seek the review, a day after receiving a police request to do so. Bokhary, 34, niece of Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary of the Court of Final Appeal, was sentenced to probation on Monday for slapping a police constable who tried to stop her leaving the scene of an accident. She was also fined HK$5,000 for failing to provide a breath specimen and HK$3,000 for careless driving, for which she was also disqualified from driving for a year. Today's hearing, at which Deputy Director of Prosecutions Kevin Zervos will represent the government, will review all three penalties. In a further expression of police concerns yesterday, the Superintendents' Association, Overseas Inspectors' Association, Hong Kong Inspectors' Association, and the Junior Police Officers Association submitted a joint letter to police force management describing the sentence as 'manifestly insufficient'. 'We would like to express our views that sentence for Bokhary is manifestly insufficient,' Inspectors' Association chairman Tony Liu Kit-ming said. Officers hoped a tariff would be set for sentencing in cases of assaults on police so that officers could have a clear understanding on the level of penalties for such serious offences, Liu said. Bokhary admitted slapping a constable when he tried to stop her leaving Stubbs Road, Happy Valley, where her car and a coach collided on January 27. The sentence brought accusations of lenient treatment for rich, upper-class people. University of Hong Kong associate law professor Eric Cheung Tat-ming said it was unlikely the magistrate would change his decision unless new evidence and arguments were presented at the hearing today. 'If the review is unsuccessful, the Department of Justice could apply to the Court of Appeal to review the sentences,' Cheung said. The Bokhary case has also raised concerns about the inconsistency of maximum penalties for assaulting police under two ordinances. Bokhary was charged under the Police Ordinance, with a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a fine of HK$5,000. In the Offences Against the Person Ordinance, under which she could also have been charged, the maximum penalty is two years in prison. Lawyers and rights group are urging the government to consider reviewing the laws, and placing the offence of assaulting a police officer under only one law to avoid inconsistency and confusion. 'The offence of assaulting police officers under one law could help to avoid inconsistency of charges,' Cheung said.