Staff establishment of the Department of Justice

(as at 31 December 2020)

Headcount of Department of Justice as at 31 December 2020. This table consists of 6 columns and 8 rows. The first column is 'DIVISION', the second column is 'Directorate Counsel', the third column is 'Non-directorate Counsel', the forth column is 'Para-legal Staff #', the fifth column is 'Other staff', the sixth column is 'Total'. The first row is 'Secretary for Justice's Office', the second row is 'Civil', the third row is 'International Law', the forth row is 'Law Drafting', the fifth row is 'Legal Policy', the sixth row is 'Prosecutions', the seventh row is 'Administration & Development', the eighth row is 'Total number of posts'. End of summary
DIVISION DIRECTORATE NON-DIRECTORATE
Government counsel Other staff Government counsel Para-legal staff # Other staff
Secretary for Justice's Office 4 1 10 6 22
Civil Division 26 - 160 65 150
Constitutional and Policy Affairs Division* 9+[1] - 34 4 29
International Law Division 8 - 31 6 17
Law Drafting Division 16 - 32 25 56
Prosecutions Division 27 - 143 147 243
Administration & Development Division - 4 - - 232
Sub-total 90+[1] 5 410 253 749
TOTAL 95+[1] 1 412

* The Legal Policy Division has been renamed as the Constitutional and Policy Affairs Division with effect from 15 December 2020.

[ ] Supernumerary post created under the approval of Finance Committee.

# Court Prosecutors, Law Translation Officers and Law Clerks.

Civil Division

Advisory Units. This table consists of 3 columns and 2 rows. The first column is 'Number of pieces of advice given', the second column is '2019' and the third column is '2020'. End of summary
2019 2020
Number of pieces of legal advice given 14 072 15 116
Number of contracts, tenders and other legal documents drafted / vetted 682 896
Advisory Units. This table consists of 3 columns and 8 rows. The first column is 'Number of pieces of advice given', the second column is '2019' and the third column is '2020'. End of summary
2019 2020
Total number of current civil litigation cases 40 343 41 514
Number of civil proceedings instituted by government 1 841 1 303
Number of civil proceedings instituted against government 3 372 2 124
Civil litigation cases with hearing(s) at all levels of court 3 026 2 001
(a) Court of Final Appeal 14 18
(b) Court of Appeal 89 36
(c) Court of First Instance 253 205
(d) Other Courts, Tribunals, Council and Boards 2 670 1 742

Constitutional and Policy Affairs Division

Constitutional and Policy Affairs Division. This table consists of 3 columns and 5 rows. The first column is 'Number of pieces of legal advice given', the second column is '2019' and the third column is '2020'. End of summary
Number of pieces of legal advice given 2019 2020
Overall legal policy affairs matters 3 700 3 890
Basic Law matters 1 119 1 601
Human rights issues 1 182 1 120
Constitutional development and election matters 774 749
Mainland law and related matters 723 723
Total 7 498 8 083

International Law Division

International Law Division. This table consists of 3 columns and 3 rows. The first column is 'none', the second column is '2019' and the third column is '2020'. End of summary
2019 2020
Number of international agreements initialled 0 0
Number of pieces of legal advice provided 26 979 26 863
Number of new requests dealt with in various categories of mutual legal assistance 553 439

Law Drafting Division

Law Drafting Division. This table consists of 3 columns and 6 rows. The first column is 'Legislative drafting work', the second column is '2019' and the third column is '2020'. End of summary
Legislative drafting work 2019 2020
Drafts of legislation released1 2 590 2 675
Number of pieces of legal/professional advice given (including written and oral advice) 4 100 3 065
Papers prepared2 69 107
  1. This includes all drafts of legislation (whether gazetted or not), including draft Committee Stage Amendments.
  2. This includes all drafts (other than legislation) prepared by Law Drafting Division counsel (whether issued in the name of individual counsel or otherwise) for consideration by parties outside the administration. Examples are papers explaining legal points submitted to Bills Committees, legal reports to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and Law Draftsman's certificates for private Bills, etc.
Law Drafting Division. This table consists of 3 columns and 4 rows. The first column is 'Volume of legislation drafted', the second column is '2019' and the third column is '2020'. End of summary
Volume of legislation gazetted 2019 2020
Number of Bills gazetted 24 11
Number of pages of bilingual text (as gazetted) 1 588 1 004
Number of pieces of subsidiary legislation 193 268
Number of pages of bilingual text (as gazetted) 4 672 3 806
Law Drafting Division. This table consists of 3 columns and 2 rows. The first column is 'Volume of legislation enacted', the second column is '2019' and the third column is '2020'. End of summary
Volume of legislation enacted 2019 2020
Number of Ordinances enacted 11 26
Number of pages of bilingual text of Committee Stage Amendments incorporated into Ordinances 31 50

Prosecutions Division

Prosecutions Division. This table consists of 3 columns and 1 row. The first column is '', the second column is '2019' and the third column is '2020'. End of summary
2019 2020
Number of pieces of legal advice given 12 225 13 895
Prosecutions Division. This table consists of 3 columns and 8 rows. The first column is 'Criminal cases / appeals at all levels of court', the second column is '2019' and the third column is '2020'. End of summary
Criminal cases / appeals at all levels of court 2019 2020
Court of Final Appeal and related applications


Court of Appeal


Court of First Instance (Magistracy Appeals)


Court of First Instance


District Court


Magistrates' Courts


Prosecutions Division. This table consists of 3 columns and 6 rows. The first column is 'Percentage of criminal cases conducted in Chinese', the second column is '2019' and the third column is '2020'. End of summary
Percentage of criminal cases conducted in Chinese 2019 2020
Court of Final Appeal and related applications 89.3% 80.0%
Court of Appeal (criminal appeals) 43.4% 43.0%
Court of First Instance (Magistracy appeals) 73.8% 72.6%
Court of First Instance (criminal trials) 16.8% 21.6%
District Court (criminal trials) 81.3% 79.3%
Magistrates' Courts (criminal trials) 86.5% 84.1%
Prosecutions Division. This table consists of 3 columns and 4 rows. The first column is 'Briefing out (number of court days)', the second column is '2019' and the third column is '2020'. End of summary
Briefing out 2019 2020
No of cases No of court days No of cases No of court days
Appeals




Court of First Instance (criminal trials) 139 1 645 69 927
Magistrates' Courts (criminal trials)




* Lawyers instructed in place of Court Prosecutors are briefed to attend to all cases on the basis of the daily cause list before a particular magistrate.