• Comprehensive content – provides a one-stop reference text for all appeals in all Hong
Kong criminal jurisdictions.
• Holistic approach – covers both sides in the appeals process, namely appeals by
defendants and the prosecution.
• A practical tool – a step-by-step guide to assist practitioners commences and complete a
criminal appeal including easy to read flow charts and diagrams.
• Provides practitioners with context through detailed discussion and application of key
cases as well as a historical chapter to explain the origins of contemporary appellate
procedures and practices and a detailed introduction to the overall court structures appeal
paths and the role of the prosecution in Hong Kong.
• Value added content – includes discussion of the constitutional significance of criminal appeals, appeals as a human right, and appeals as an integral component of the Rule of Law.
Criminal Appeals in Hong Kong provides a concise and comprehensive explanation of criminal appeals in all criminal jurisdictions in Hong Kong. A chapter is devoted to each of the courts in Hong Kong and a step-by-step guide is provided to assist practitioners in deciding whether to commence an appeal or to respond to an appeal. The key statutory provisions are set out in a clear manner and key cases are discussed to explain the central legal issues. Applicable Practice Directions are included. The book also contains a detailed historical account of the development of criminal appeals in Hong Kong and a chapter explaining the court structure and the role of the prosecution. The constitutional significance of criminal appeals is explained including the meaning and scope of art 11(4) of the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and relevant provisions in the Basic Law. The importance of criminal appeals to the Rule of Law is a central theme in the book.
Chapter 1: Introduction (purpose of the book, constitutional significance of criminal appeals, purpose of criminal appeals, types of appeals, requirement of leave, and avoiding error).