Grenville Cross

Grenville Cross

Grenville Cross SC is a criminal justice analyst, a barrister (Queen’s counsel and senior counsel), and vice-chairman of the senate of the International Association of Prosecutors. He is sentencing editor of Hong Kong Cases and Archbold Hong Kong, and co-author of Sentencing in Hong Kong. He was the director of public prosecutions from 1997 to 2009.

Latest from Grenville Cross

Opinion | Billie Eilish’s experience of the harmful effects of online porn should be a wake-up call to lawmakers

The American singer says she was first exposed to online pornography at 11; a recent survey in Hong Kong shows she is not alone. New laws are needed to ensure internet service providers and operators of adult websites are not allowing children to access damaging content.

The American singer says she was first exposed to online pornography at 11; a recent survey in Hong Kong shows she is not alone. New laws are needed to ensure internet service providers and operators of adult websites are not allowing children to access damaging content.

23 Dec 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Overdue child abuse law reforms a good place to start for Hong Kong’s policy address

Changes should include a requirement to report suspected child abuse, while psychological and online abuse must also be covered, and corporal punishment banned in all situations.

Changes should include a requirement to report suspected child abuse, while psychological and online abuse must also be covered, and corporal punishment banned in all situations.

22 Aug 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Article 23: when treason laws still refer to the queen, a national security law update is way overdue

Beijing has done the heavy lifting: the national security law addresses secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. But Hong Kong still has to update its own laws on treason, sedition and theft of state secrets.

Beijing has done the heavy lifting: the national security law addresses secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. But Hong Kong still has to update its own laws on treason, sedition and theft of state secrets.

19 Jul 2021 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Why the justice secretary’s senior counsel push has merit

Teresa Cheng’s proposal seeks to end unjustifiable discrimination between legal officers performing identical or similar duties. The situation of Hong Kong’s solicitor-advocates also requires redress.

Teresa Cheng’s proposal seeks to end unjustifiable discrimination between legal officers performing identical or similar duties. The situation of Hong Kong’s solicitor-advocates also requires redress.

18 Jun 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Why those who threaten Hong Kong’s judges deserve no mercy

Since the anti-government protests, courts have been firebombed and judges threatened. The rule of law is Hong Kong’s foundation stone, and anybody who endangers it must face the full force of the law.

Since the anti-government protests, courts have been firebombed and judges threatened. The rule of law is Hong Kong’s foundation stone, and anybody who endangers it must face the full force of the law.

2 Jun 2021 - 11:06AM
Opinion | Five-year-old girl’s murder shows urgent need for Hong Kong to reform child protection laws

Now is the time to act on multiple recommendations to pass laws requiring mandatory reporting for suspected cases of child abuse. Child protection must be prioritised, which means the enactment of a comprehensive reform package by the end of the year.

Now is the time to act on multiple recommendations to pass laws requiring mandatory reporting for suspected cases of child abuse. Child protection must be prioritised, which means the enactment of a comprehensive reform package by the end of the year.

24 Apr 2021 - 7:05AM
Opinion | Hong Kong needs a compensation law for wrongful imprisonment

Hong Kong can look towards Britain and mainland China where there are specific legal frameworks for statutory compensation, enhancing criminal justice.

Hong Kong can look towards Britain and mainland China where there are specific legal frameworks for statutory compensation, enhancing criminal justice.

3 Apr 2021 - 6:11AM
The View | Brexit has restored British sovereignty and given Thatcher the last laugh

Boris Johnson is the hero of the hour for securing a better-than-expected EU trade deal but the role of his predecessor, Margaret Thatcher, in sowing the seeds of Brexit, must never be forgotten.

Boris Johnson is the hero of the hour for securing a better-than-expected EU trade deal but the role of his predecessor, Margaret Thatcher, in sowing the seeds of Brexit, must never be forgotten.

6 Jan 2021 - 1:22AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s child abuse laws must be updated as a matter of urgency in 2021

Risks to children have risen during the coronavirus pandemic and the antiquated law must be extended to cover emotional abuse and neglect, sexual grooming, cyberbullying and doxxing.

Risks to children have risen during the coronavirus pandemic and the antiquated law must be extended to cover emotional abuse and neglect, sexual grooming, cyberbullying and doxxing.

23 Dec 2020 - 6:26PM
Opinion | Why Britain’s foreign secretary is no friend to Hong Kong and the rule of law

If Dominic Raab is genuinely concerned about the national security law for Hong Kong, he should be encouraging British judges to remain on the city’s Court of Final Appeal so they can help ensure just outcomes.

If Dominic Raab is genuinely concerned about the national security law for Hong Kong, he should be encouraging British judges to remain on the city’s Court of Final Appeal so they can help ensure just outcomes.

1 Dec 2020 - 6:48PM
Opinion | Don’t deny the vote to Hongkongers in mainland China because of overblown concerns about electoral fraud

Hong Kong’s ICAC, which oversees electoral fraud, has ample experience working with counterparts elsewhere to pursue offenders. The move to allow the millions of Hongkongers living on the mainland to vote is long overdue.

Hong Kong’s ICAC, which oversees electoral fraud, has ample experience working with counterparts elsewhere to pursue offenders. The move to allow the millions of Hongkongers living on the mainland to vote is long overdue.

5 Nov 2020 - 8:35AM
Opinion | Heed the chief justice’s words to ease fears over Hong Kong’s judiciary

Accusations of bias among judges have arisen amid protest-related cases, but there are mechanisms in place to handle complaints. If people keep politics out of the courtroom, concerns about the independence of Hong Kong’s judiciary will diminish.

Accusations of bias among judges have arisen amid protest-related cases, but there are mechanisms in place to handle complaints. If people keep politics out of the courtroom, concerns about the independence of Hong Kong’s judiciary will diminish.

7 Oct 2020 - 7:23AM
Opinion | Will the national security law provoke an exodus of foreign judges from Hong Kong?

The resignation of an Australian non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal has sparked fears that other senior judges from overseas could follow suit. Were this to happen, the court could draw on a list of retired Hong Kong judges.

The resignation of an Australian non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal has sparked fears that other senior judges from overseas could follow suit. Were this to happen, the court could draw on a list of retired Hong Kong judges.

23 Sep 2020 - 6:20AM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong’s new national security law includes mandatory minimum sentences

The introduction of minimum sentences for some offences under the national security law is unusual for Hong Kong, although these provisions exist in other jurisdictions for their deterrent effect.

The introduction of minimum sentences for some offences under the national security law is unusual for Hong Kong, although these provisions exist in other jurisdictions for their deterrent effect.

8 Jul 2020 - 6:11AM
Opinion | If Hong Kong had enacted national security laws on its own, Beijing wouldn’t be stepping in

Beijing trusted Hong Kong to implement Article 23, but its trust was misplaced. It isn’t fair to accuse the central government of failing to comply with the mini-constitution when Hong Kong itself has not fulfilled its obligations.

Beijing trusted Hong Kong to implement Article 23, but its trust was misplaced. It isn’t fair to accuse the central government of failing to comply with the mini-constitution when Hong Kong itself has not fulfilled its obligations.

29 May 2020 - 6:56AM
Opinion | Post-Brexit Britain free to pursue global vision, strike trade deals with the world, and usher in golden era with China

Britain has unique advantages, such as the London financial centre and a queen who is head of state in 15 countries, and is China’s natural trading partner. Free of the EU, Britain is ready to take full advantage of its trading opportunities.

Britain has unique advantages, such as the London financial centre and a queen who is head of state in 15 countries, and is China’s natural trading partner. Free of the EU, Britain is ready to take full advantage of its trading opportunities.

31 Jan 2020 - 11:00AM
Opinion | How a Hong Kong divided by protests can do better by its children in 2020

Cases of bullying and peer pressure have taken on added complexity during the protests. Hong Kong’s Commission on Children should take a stand on abuse of children by their parents, on cyberbullying and on bullying in school.

Cases of bullying and peer pressure have taken on added complexity during the protests. Hong Kong’s Commission on Children should take a stand on abuse of children by their parents, on cyberbullying and on bullying in school.

25 Dec 2019 - 7:00AM
Opinion | Hong Kong protests: calls for an amnesty or a pardon for those convicted must be resisted

Apart from the potential backlash and waste of courts’ time and money, granting a pardon or amnesty to those convicted of protest-related crimes would constitute a manipulation of procedure and hurt the integrity of Hong Kong’s criminal justice system.

Apart from the potential backlash and waste of courts’ time and money, granting a pardon or amnesty to those convicted of protest-related crimes would constitute a manipulation of procedure and hurt the integrity of Hong Kong’s criminal justice system.

11 Nov 2019 - 12:16PM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s violent protesters should face the full force of the law – being young is no excuse

By attacking police and civilians, and destroying MTR stations and shops, these criminals have declared war on society. Courts have a duty to respond with stiff sentences as appropriate punishment and as a deterrent to others.

By attacking police and civilians, and destroying MTR stations and shops, these criminals have declared war on society. Courts have a duty to respond with stiff sentences as appropriate punishment and as a deterrent to others.

23 Oct 2019 - 7:40PM
Opinion | Carrie Lam must stand her ground against the fanatics who have hijacked the protests

Hong Kong’s chief executive must resist the unreasonable demands of the protest movement, which has been taken over by fanatics, support the restoration of law and order, and continue the work of providing jobs, housing and welfare.

Hong Kong’s chief executive must resist the unreasonable demands of the protest movement, which has been taken over by fanatics, support the restoration of law and order, and continue the work of providing jobs, housing and welfare.

23 Aug 2019 - 6:59AM
Opinion | ‘One country, two systems’ is under attack, and Hong Kong must uphold the rule of law more than ever

The activists who broke into Legco showed their true colours when they tore up copies of the Basic Law, the document that guarantees Hong Kong’s way of life. They also damaged the credibility of the pan-democrats who incited the protests.

The activists who broke into Legco showed their true colours when they tore up copies of the Basic Law, the document that guarantees Hong Kong’s way of life. They also damaged the credibility of the pan-democrats who incited the protests.

11 Jul 2019 - 6:43AM
Opinion | If Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters want to defend the rule of law, they must also be prepared to face it

Attacking officers and refusing to let those inside the police headquarters leave are criminal acts, while besieging government offices to force the chief executive to interfere in prosecution decisions could be seen as an attempt to pervert justice.

Attacking officers and refusing to let those inside the police headquarters leave are criminal acts, while besieging government offices to force the chief executive to interfere in prosecution decisions could be seen as an attempt to pervert justice.

26 Jun 2019 - 8:41PM
Opinion | Opponents to Hong Kong’s extradition bill are blind to progress in China’s legal system

The legal amendments will enable an arrangement for fugitive transfer with the mainland not unlike those it already has in place with other countries. Critics fail to see the improvements over the years to China’s judicial processes.

The legal amendments will enable an arrangement for fugitive transfer with the mainland not unlike those it already has in place with other countries. Critics fail to see the improvements over the years to China’s judicial processes.

9 May 2019 - 9:00AM
Opinion | Spanking should have no place in Hong Kong homes so our children can feel safe and thrive

With the Social Welfare Department reporting that the number of child abuse cases reached a 14-year high in 2018, Hong Kong’s Commission on Children must take the lead in convincing the government that corporal punishment should be abolished.

With the Social Welfare Department reporting that the number of child abuse cases reached a 14-year high in 2018, Hong Kong’s Commission on Children must take the lead in convincing the government that corporal punishment should be abolished.

29 Apr 2019 - 7:00AM
Opinion | Foreign countries have returned fugitives to China, so why won’t Hong Kong?

Since reunification, Hong Kong has secured the return of an estimated 200 criminal suspects from the mainland, but not reciprocated. Criminal suspects should not be allowed to evade justice by moving from one part of the country to another.

Since reunification, Hong Kong has secured the return of an estimated 200 criminal suspects from the mainland, but not reciprocated. Criminal suspects should not be allowed to evade justice by moving from one part of the country to another.

15 Mar 2019 - 12:30PM
Opinion | Teresa Cheng should have sought independent counsel for CY Leung’s case – that she didn’t is worrisome

Policy and precedent are clear: the Justice Department should have sought an outside opinion, and Teresa Cheng’s answer for why they didn’t suggests she’s uniformed.

Policy and precedent are clear: the Justice Department should have sought an outside opinion, and Teresa Cheng’s answer for why they didn’t suggests she’s uniformed.

2 Jan 2019 - 8:09AM
Opinion | 2019 is the year Hong Kong’s Commission on Children must show its worth

Hong Kong lags behind in protecting children from abuse and violence and so far the commission has been rather quiet.

Hong Kong lags behind in protecting children from abuse and violence and so far the commission has been rather quiet.

22 Dec 2018 - 6:57PM
Opinion | How a people’s jury system is helping Chinese courts to open up as part of vital judicial reforms

The recent case of a man who languished in prison for a murder he did not commit is but another miscarriage of justice in China. However, two recent reforms to Chinese law should help prevent such cases.

The recent case of a man who languished in prison for a murder he did not commit is but another miscarriage of justice in China. However, two recent reforms to Chinese law should help prevent such cases.

21 Nov 2018 - 7:20PM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s Basic Law enshrines legal representation for all, even separatists

The Justice Department should protect the integrity of the legal system by making clear that lawyers representing the Hong Kong National Party’s founders won’t face prosecution.

The Justice Department should protect the integrity of the legal system by making clear that lawyers representing the Hong Kong National Party’s founders won’t face prosecution.

30 Oct 2018 - 5:58AM
How a post-Brexit Britain can chart an independent future, free of the burdens of the EU

Contrary to the arguments of remainers, the UK can create new trading arrangements around the world, from China to the US and the Commonwealth

Contrary to the arguments of remainers, the UK can create new trading arrangements around the world, from China to the US and the Commonwealth

9 Jul 2018 - 3:03PM