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.
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.

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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.

11 Jul 2019 - 6:43AM

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.

‘One country, two systems’ is under attack, and Hong Kong must uphold the rule of law more than ever
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.

26 Jun 2019 - 8:41PM

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.

If Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters want to defend the rule of law, they must also be prepared to face it
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.

9 May 2019 - 9:00AM

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.

Opponents to Hong Kong’s extradition bill are blind to progress in China’s legal system
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.

29 Apr 2019 - 7:00AM

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.

Spanking should have no place in Hong Kong homes so our children can feel safe and thrive
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.

15 Mar 2019 - 12:30PM

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.

Foreign countries have returned fugitives to China, so why won’t Hong Kong?
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.

2 Jan 2019 - 8:09AM

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.

Teresa Cheng should have sought independent counsel for CY Leung’s case – that she didn’t is worrisome
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.

22 Dec 2018 - 6:57PM

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

2019 is the year Hong Kong’s Commission on Children must show its worth
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.

21 Nov 2018 - 7:20PM

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.

How a people’s jury system is helping Chinese courts to open up as part of vital judicial reforms
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.

30 Oct 2018 - 5:58AM

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.

Hong Kong’s Basic Law enshrines legal representation for all, even separatists
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

9 Jul 2018 - 3:03PM

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

How a post-Brexit Britain can chart an independent future, free of the burdens of the EU
Protecting child rights in Hong Kong will take more than an official commission

The effectiveness of Hong Kong’s new Commission on Children will depend on its non-official members, especially the younger ones, making their voices heard.

15 Jun 2018 - 5:55PM

The effectiveness of Hong Kong’s new Commission on Children will depend on its non-official members, especially the younger ones, making their voices heard.

Protecting child rights in Hong Kong will take more than an official commission
Foreign judges can help Hong Kong plug its gaps and ensure speedier trials

The appointment of two exemplary jurists to the Court of Final Appeal as non-permanent members shows the role foreign judges can play in helping to tackle the workload, at least until longer-term reform bears fruit.

6 Apr 2018 - 5:43PM

The appointment of two exemplary jurists to the Court of Final Appeal as non-permanent members shows the role foreign judges can play in helping to tackle the workload, at least until longer-term reform bears fruit.

Foreign judges can help Hong Kong plug its gaps and ensure speedier trials
Cryptocurrency dangers lurk for investors and governments
Are Anson Chan’s criticisms of Hong Kong’s legal system honest? You be the judge

Anson Chan’s criticisms of Hong Kong’s legal system while in the US took advantage of her audience’s ignorance and her host’s anti-Chinese sentiments, and impugned the reputation of our legal professionals.

22 Feb 2018 - 11:26AM

Anson Chan’s criticisms of Hong Kong’s legal system while in the US took advantage of her audience’s ignorance and her host’s anti-Chinese sentiments, and impugned the reputation of our legal professionals.

Are Anson Chan’s criticisms of Hong Kong’s legal system honest? You be the judge
Hong Kong human rights are not ‘under fire’, despite what an outrageous report claims

The Hong Kong legal system is made up of highly professional and independent staff, despite the claims of a Hong Kong Watch report, and it is Hong Kong Watch’s impartiality that should be questioned.

25 Jan 2018 - 12:00PM

The Hong Kong legal system is made up of highly professional and independent staff, despite the claims of a Hong Kong Watch report, and it is Hong Kong Watch’s impartiality that should be questioned.

Hong Kong human rights are not ‘under fire’, despite what an outrageous report claims
Don’t rush to judge Hong Kong justice chief Teresa Cheng over her illegal structures scandal

Previous ministers have been able to serve after illegal structures scandals and all evidence must be considered before Teresa Cheng faces charges or is forced to resign.

23 Jan 2018 - 12:39PM

Previous ministers have been able to serve after illegal structures scandals and all evidence must be considered before Teresa Cheng faces charges or is forced to resign.

Don’t rush to judge Hong Kong justice chief Teresa Cheng over her illegal structures scandal
Britain’s post-Brexit future looks bright – forget what the pessimists say
In wealthy Hong Kong, new children’s commission must address poverty

The upcoming children’s commission must be independent. It needs a broad portfolio to fulfil UN obligations, and to address the reason many children are held back: living conditions.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The upcoming children’s commission must be independent. It needs a broad portfolio to fulfil UN obligations, and to address the reason many children are held back: living conditions.

In wealthy Hong Kong, new children’s commission must address poverty
Hong Kong should waive the debt of disqualified lawmakers, following Australia’s example

The practice in Australia of not pursuing the debt of ejected parliamentarians – provided they discharged their duties ‘in good faith’ – offers Hong Kong a way forward

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The practice in Australia of not pursuing the debt of ejected parliamentarians – provided they discharged their duties ‘in good faith’ – offers Hong Kong a way forward

Hong Kong should waive the debt of disqualified lawmakers, following Australia’s example
Chris Patten and other talking heads should examine UK visitor controls before criticising Hong Kong’s
Chris Patten’s shots at Hong Kong’s legal system only hurt his credibility, not our judiciary’s
Full scope of the national anthem law in Hong Kong must be spelled out
Politics played no part in Hong Kong court’s decision to jail young activists

The Court of Appeal was right to overrule the initial, more lenient sentences that gave undue weight to the activists’ political motivation

26 Sep 2017 - 3:06PM

The Court of Appeal was right to overrule the initial, more lenient sentences that gave undue weight to the activists’ political motivation

Politics played no part in Hong Kong court’s decision to jail young activists
Carrie Lam’s pledge to protect child rights is welcome, but will the commission get teeth?
Hong Kong should fulfil its legal obligations to China to better safeguard its own freedoms
Theresa May must not let the EU hold Britain to ransom in Brexit talks
Carrie Lam must seek real progress on fugitive-rendition agreement with mainland China
Chinese courts must encourage witness cross-examination to ensure a fairer trial
China is taking steps on the long road to a credible judiciary
Judicial safety: a necessity, not a luxury