Fair criminal justice ensured

August 17, 2022

One of the most fundamental principles of the criminal justice system in Hong Kong is to ensure a fair trial and uphold due administration of justice, the Department of Justice said today.


It made the remarks when responding to media enquiries on matters related to a case under the National Security Law (NSL).


While pointing out that it does not comment on individual cases that are subject to ongoing legal proceedings, the department explained that when considering whether to issue a certificate under Article 46 of the NSL for a case to be tried without a jury, the Secretary for Justice would take into account the NSL’s relevant provisions and each case’s individual circumstances.


The purpose of the relevant provisions that stipulate the arrangement for a case to be tried by a panel of three judges is precisely to ensure a fair trial and the due administration of justice.


The arrangement does not undermine any legitimate rights and interests of the defendants, the department added.

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