People queue to enter the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on March 3, 2021, to attend a hearing for the 47 activists. The secretary for justice has since indicated that the case will be tried without a jury. Photo: Winson Wong
People queue to enter the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on March 3, 2021, to attend a hearing for the 47 activists. The secretary for justice has since indicated that the case will be tried without a jury. Photo: Winson Wong
Grenville Cross
Opinion

Opinion

Grenville Cross

Why criticism of non-jury subversion trial of 47 Hong Kong opposition activists is unjustified

  • Hong Kong’s legislation is hardly unique. Jurisdictions including the UK, New Zealand and Greece allow non-jury trials where necessary
  • Even the European Court of Human Rights holds that there is no right to a jury trial, though it is focused on the fairness of trials

People queue to enter the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on March 3, 2021, to attend a hearing for the 47 activists. The secretary for justice has since indicated that the case will be tried without a jury. Photo: Winson Wong
People queue to enter the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on March 3, 2021, to attend a hearing for the 47 activists. The secretary for justice has since indicated that the case will be tried without a jury. Photo: Winson Wong
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