Temporary Government Counsel
(Salary: HK$70,465 per month)

Entry requirements:
Candidates should—
(a) (i) be solicitors admitted in Hong Kong or any one of the recognised jurisdictions as stipulated under section 2A of and Schedule 2 to the Legal Officers Ordinance (Cap. 87) (Note : Trainee solicitors who will be admitted as solicitors on or before 31 December 2022 may also apply. Their appointment, however, will be subject to their admission as solicitors on or before that date); or (ii) be barristers with one year’s professional experience since attaining the right to full practice in Hong Kong or any one of the recognised jurisdictions as stipulated under section 2A of and Schedule 2 to the Legal Officers Ordinance (Cap. 87). Barristers with the right to full practice but do not possess one year’s professional experience since attaining the right to full practice (including pupils who will complete their pupillage and be admitted as barristers on or before 31 December 2022) may also apply. If selected, they will be offered a salary at an appropriate level lower than HK$70,465 per month. (Note: The appointment of candidates who have not yet completed their pupillage and be admitted as barristers will be subject to their admission as barristers on or before 31 December 2022 with satisfactory completion of pupillage.); and
(b) have attained Level 2 or above in English Language and Chinese Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) or the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), or equivalent (Note: For non-civil service appointment purpose, Grade E in English Language (Syllabus B) and Chinese Language in the HKCEE before 2007 are accepted administratively as comparable to Level 2 in English Language and Chinese Language in HKCEE in or after 2007.).

Notes: (i) Candidates with experience in legal drafting will have an advantage; and (ii) Higher salary may be granted to successful candidates with recognised additional work experience.

Duties: To draft Government legislation in Chinese and/or English, to provide incidental legal advisory services to the Government Secretariat and various departments, to attend internal and external meetings and answer questions on legislation, to assist in the preparation of various papers required in the legislative process, and to perform any other duties that may be assigned from time to time or deployed to other offices of the Department to undertake any other legal work.

Terms of Appointment: Successful candidates will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms for around 12 months. Renewal of contract will be subject to the service need of the Department of Justice and the appointee’s performance.

Successful candidates will be required to work for 44 hours per week during the contract period with regular or irregular working hours, depending on the operational needs. The successful candidates must not undertake outside work during the contract period without this Department’s approval.

Gratuity: On satisfactory completion of the contract, the appointee will be eligible for an end-of-contract gratuity which, when added together with the Government’s contribution to the Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme, will be equal to 15% of the total basic salary drawn during the contract period.

Fringe Benefits: The appointee will be entitled to paid annual leave of 14 days per year of service; paid sick leave in accordance with the provisions of the contract; and maternity/paternity leave, where appropriate.

How to Apply:
Application forms [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] are obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centre of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centre of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau’s website (

Candidates should submit in person or by post, on or before 22 July 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Hong Kong Time, duly completed application form [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] and a full C.V. together with copies of supporting documents to Administration Unit, Law Drafting Division, Department of Justice (Address: Room 384, 3/F East Wing, Justice Place, 18 Lower Albert Road, Central) (Enquiries: 3918 4548). The C.V. should contain (a) gradings for the subjects taken in public examinations from secondary education onwards (with exact dates of scoring the results); (b) results in LLB and PCLL or other legal professional examinations, listing the gradings for the subjects taken; (c) exact date and place of admission/call (for trainee solicitors and pupils, please give the date of completion of training or pupillage); and (d) employment records with detailed description of duties. Copies of official transcripts/certificates/other qualification documents and proof of employment should be submitted together with the C.V. If candidates fail to provide the supporting documents as required, their applications will not be considered.

To avoid delayed or unsuccessful delivery of applications by post, please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting. Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to this Department and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post, where appropriate. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage. Applications submitted by fax or email will not be accepted.

As invitations or notifications will be sent to candidates by email, candidates should provide an accurate email address in their application. Candidates are responsible for checking their emails to ensure that invitation(s) or notification(s) will be duly received.

Applications not made in the prescribed form [G.F. 340 (Rev.3/2013)] or which are incomplete will not be considered.

Candidates may be required to attend a written test/selection interview. Candidates who are invited for the written test/selection interview will normally receive an invitation about 2 to 4 weeks after the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for the written test/selection interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

Closing Date for Application: 22 July 2022

For applications submitted by post, the Hong Kong postmark date on the envelope will be regarded as the date of submission of the application form. Late application will not be accepted.

General Notes:
(a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise. (b) As an equal opportunities employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancies advertised are open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race. (c) Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service. (d) The remuneration, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made. (e) If a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the written test/selection interview. (f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the written test/selection interview without being subject to any further shortlisting criteria. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau’s website at under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”. (g) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the above-mentioned address.