Key Figures and Statistics

Staff establishment of the Department of Justice


(as at 31 December 2018)
DIVISION
DIRECTORATE
NON-DIRECTORATE
Government counsel
Other staff
Government counsel
Para-legal staff #
Other staff
Secretary for Justice's Office
-
1
1
-
14
Civil Division
24+1*
-
158
59
138
International Law Division
8
-
21
4
14
Law Drafting Division
15+1*
-
32
27
62
Legal Policy Division
11
-
41
8
33
Prosecutions Division
27
-
123
139
227
Administration & Development Division
-
4
-
-
213
Sub-total
85+2*
5
376
237
701
TOTAL
90+2*
1 314

# Court Prosecutors, Law Translation Officers and Law Clerks
* Supernumerary posts



Civil Division

 
2017
2018
Number of pieces of legal advice given
15 387
15 587
Number of contracts, tenders and other legal documents drafted / vetted
692
828

 
 
2017
2018
Total number of current civil litigation cases
36 778
38 193
Number of civil proceedings instituted by government
1 582
1 614
Number of civil proceedings instituted against government
1 707
2 174
Civil litigation cases with hearing(s) at all levels of court
2 063
2 489
       (a) Court of Final Appeal
36
12
       (b) Court of Appeal
28
188
       (c) Court of First Instance
311
257
       (d) Other Courts, Tribunals, Council and Boards
1 688
2 032



International Law Division

 
2017
2018
Number of international agreements initialled
3
1
Number of pieces of legal advice provided
19 821
25 271
Number of new requests dealt with in various categories of mutual legal assistance
490
542



Law Drafting Division

Legislative drafting work
2017
2018
Drafts of legislation released1
2 277
2 717
Number of pieces of legal/professional advice given (including written and oral advice)
5 283
5 776
Papers prepared2
174
112

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.
 
Volume of legislation gazetted
2017
2018
Number of Bills gazetted
30
28
Number of pages of bilingual text (as gazetted)
3 068
2 362
Number of pieces of subsidiary legislation
187
269
Number of pages of bilingual text (as gazetted)
5 502
6 492

 
Volume of legislation enacted
2017
2018
Number of Ordinances enacted
12
37
Number of pages of bilingual text of Committee Stage Amendments incorporated into Ordinances
61
193
   


Legal Policy Division

Number of pieces of legal advice given
2017
2018
Overall legal policy matters
2 525
4 241
Basic Law matters
1 535
1 762
Human rights issues
897
1 153
Constitutional development and election matters
572
797
Mainland law and related matters
561
861
Total
6 090
8 814



Prosecutions Division

 
2017
2018
Number of pieces of legal advice given
13 790
13 105

 
Criminal cases / appeals at all levels of court
2017
2018
Court of Final Appeal and related applications
Number of appeals concluded
(including number of prosecution appeals)
 
101
(2)
 
148
(5)
Court of Appeal
  Number of appeals heard
  (including number of prosecution appeals - case stated)
  (Including number of prosecution appeals - review of sentence)
 
380
(1)
(9)
 
382
(0)
(3)
Court of First Instance (Magistracy Appeals)
  Number of appeals heard
(including number of prosecution appeals - case stated)
 
620
(3)
 
532
(8)
Court of First Instance
  Number of indictments
 
156
 
140
District Court
Number of charge sheets
 
1 157
 
1 183
Magistrates Court
  Number of applications for review under section 104 of the Magistrates Ordinance (Cap 227)
Caseload of Court Prosecutors
 
20

150 387
 
27

146 352

 
Percentage of criminal cases conducted in Chinese
2017
2018
Court of Final Appeal and related applications
92.9%
80.7%
Court of Appeal (criminal appeals)
40.3%
36.7%
Court of First Instance (Magistracy appeals)
77.3%
74.8%
Court of First Instance (criminal trials)
30.4%
28.6%
District Court (criminal trials)
73.6%
75.3%
Magistrates' Courts (criminal trials)
84.5%
79.5%

 
Briefing out
2017
2018
No of cases
No of court days
No of cases
No of court days
Appeals
  Court of Final Appeal and related appeals
  Other appeals

25
19

11
35

7
23

5
32
Court of First Instance (criminal trials)
226
2 139
161
2 001
Magistrates' Court (criminal trials)
  In place of Government Counsel
In place of Court Prosecutor*

690
-

1 668
5 466

593
-

1 624
4 815

*
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.

 

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