Following is a question by the Hon Ronny Tong and a written reply by the Secretary for Justice, Mr Rimsky Yuen, SC, in the Legislative Council today (April 9):
Will the Government inform this Council, since the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region:
(1) of the respective annual numbers of applications for judicial review (JR) (regardless of whether the Government is one of the litigating parties) and, among them, the numbers of cases in which leave was granted by the Court; and the respective percentages of those ruled in favour of or against the plaintiffs in JR cases;
(2) of the respective annual numbers of legal aid applications received and approved by the Legal Aid Department in respect of JR cases; and
(3) of the respective percentages of JR cases ruled in favour of or against the Government each year?
(1) Statistics provided by the Judiciary on applications for leave to apply for judicial review (JR) for the period from 1997 to 2013 are set out in Annex A.
(2) According to the Legal Aid Department (LAD), it has maintained statistics on legal aid applications for JR since 2001. Statistics provided by LAD on legal aid applications in respect of JR cases and the number of cases with legal aid granted from 2001 to 2013 are set out in Annex B.
(3) Regarding the JR cases heard in the Court of Final Appeal and the High Court from 1997 to 2013 in which the Government was involved, the respective percentages of outcome in favour of or against the Government each year are set out in Annex C.
Ends/Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014