The right to pursue private prosecutions is part of Hong Kong’s common law system. Photo: Warton Li The right to pursue private prosecutions is part of Hong Kong’s common law system. Photo: Warton Li
The right to pursue private prosecutions is part of Hong Kong’s common law system. Photo: Warton Li

Explainer |
What are private prosecutions in Hong Kong and how often do they succeed?

  • An opposition lawmaker is pursuing a criminal charge against a police officer who shot a protester but justice minister Teresa Cheng is seeking to shut the case down
  • The city’s laws grant residents an avenue to launch such bids but prosecutors ultimately decide their merit

Topic |   Hong Kong courts
The right to pursue private prosecutions is part of Hong Kong’s common law system. Photo: Warton Li The right to pursue private prosecutions is part of Hong Kong’s common law system. Photo: Warton Li
The right to pursue private prosecutions is part of Hong Kong’s common law system. Photo: Warton Li
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