The Department places emphasis on continuous learning, so as to maintain the quality of work performed by its colleagues. The Division plays an important part in organising a wide range of training activities to help colleagues acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to perform more effectively and for career development. From 2012 to 2014, a total of 7 159 places on various kinds of training and development programmes were taken up by colleagues. Legal, management and communication training was organised in-house, as well as provided by the Civil Service Training and Development Institute and outside experts. Counsel and para-legal officers were also sponsored to attend law-related courses run outside office hours.
Counsel from the Department attended the Mainland Legal Studies Course for Government Lawyers of the HKSAR at Peking University in October 2013
To keep abreast of the latest legal developments, counsel and para-legal officers participated in a wide range of law seminars, conferences and law-related training programmes. Continuous efforts were also made to strengthen understanding of the law and the legal environment in the Mainland. Counsel were nominated to attend national studies courses held at Tsinghua University, Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Governance, as well as foreign affairs study programmes and thematic study programmes in the Mainland. In 2013, 12 counsel attended the Mainland Legal Studies Course for Government Lawyers of the HKSAR at Peking University. In 2014, 18 para-legal staff attended the China Law Course at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. In addition, eight counsel undertook training attachments to justice bureaux in the Mainland from 2012 to 2014.