2nd Edition

Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong

Edited By Eric Wing Hong Chui, T. Wing Lo Copyright 2017
    418 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    418 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In recent years law, crime and justice have become increasingly politicised in Hong Kong. Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong, 2nd Edition offers a detailed and comprehensive overview of and introduction to the criminal justice system in Hong Kong, building upon recent events and controversies.

    This book provides a much-needed overview of the criminal justice system in Hong Kong, including new chapters on criminological research methods, defining crime, fear of crime, the criminal court system, police power and discretion, and plea bargaining. This revised and expanded second edition:

    • Outlines the basic concepts of criminal law in Hong Kong,
    • Analyses the process of the criminal justice system, ranging from the reporting of a crime through to the correctional system,
    • Examines how criminal justice personnel work in practice, and how they deal with the offenders and victims during the criminal justice process,
    • Invites readers to consider arguments and debates that surround the controversial issues in the Hong Kong criminal justice system.

    This book is a comprehensive resource for students studying this subject as part of a wider course in criminal justice, police studies, law or social work, and for practitioners working in Hong Kong in the police, prisons, probation, voluntary agencies and other criminal justice personnel. Text features include review questions, lists of cases cited, and useful websites.



    1. The Changing Landscape of the Criminal Justice System (Wing Hong Chui and Paul Vinod Khiatani)

    Part I: Laws, Crimes and Victims

    2. Defining Crime (Nicole W.T. Cheung)

    3. Criminal Law (Rebecca Ong)

    4. Crime Trends (Roderic Broadhurst, King Wa Lee and Ching Yee Chan)

    5. Victims of Crime (Wai To Chan)

    6. Public Perceptions of Crime and Safety (Maggy Lee and Michael Adorjan)

    7. Researching Crime and Justice (Alistair Fraser)

    Part II: Pre-trial Stage

    8. The Police Force (Wayne W.L. Chan and Raymond W.K. Lau)

    9. Police Powers (David K.S. Ng)

    10. Anti-corruption (Cora Y.T. Hui and T. Wing Lo)

    11. Prosecuting Crime (I. Grenville Cross)

    Part III: Trial Stage

    12. Legal Profession and Representation (Eric C. Ip)

    13. Guilty Pleas and Plea Bargaining (Kevin Kwok-yin Cheng)

    14. The Criminal Court System (Stefan H.C. Lo)

    15. Sentencing (Simon N.M. Young)

    Part IV: Post-trial Stage

    16. Probation and Community Service Orders (Wing Hong Chui)

    17. Prison and Correctional Services (T. Wing Lo and Sharon Ingrid Kwok)

    18. Crime Prevention (Lena Y. Zhong)

    19. The Future of Hong Kong’s Criminal Justice (T. Wing Lo)




    Wing Hong Chui is Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong. Prior to this, he was the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Hong Kong. His areas of interest include youth studies, social work, criminology and criminal justice. He has published articles in the Asian Journal of Criminology, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, British Journal of Criminology, European Journal of Criminology, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Theoretical Criminology. He is editor of several books, Moving Probation Forward (with Mike Nellis, 2003, Pearson Education), Social Work and Human Services Best Practice (with Jill Wilson, 2006, The Federation Press), and Research Methods for Law (with Mike McConville, 2007, Edinburgh University Press). He is also the author of The Hong Kong Legal System (with S.H.C. Lo, 2012, McGraw-Hill) and Responding to Youth Crime in Hong Kong: Penal Elitism, Legitimacy and Citizenship (with M. Adorjan, 2014, Routledge).


    T. Wing Lo is Professor of Criminology and Head of the Department of Applied Social Sciences at City University of Hong Kong. He received his M.Phil. from the University of Hull in 1984 and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1991. He had been employed as a youth gang worker for 17 years before he started university teaching in 1990. His research interests are triad societies, anti-corruption, youth gangs, outreach social work, group counselling and corrections. He is a member of editorial/advisory board of a number of journals, such as the Asian Journal of Criminology, British Journal of Community Justice, British Journal of Criminology, and Youth Justice.

    "Different regions need to explore their own understandings of crime and justice. In doing so, this book draws on an impressive range of contributors to provide an important overview of our understanding of criminalisation, the changing activities of criminal justice agencies and public responses to crime and justice at a key moment in the history of Hong Kong."

    Mark Israel, Professor of Law and Criminology, University of Western Australia

    "Informed by the latest research in the field, the editors and contributing authors help readers navigate some of the profound changes and challenges in the criminal law and processes of criminal justice in Hong Kong over the last decade or so. The book includes some important contributions relating to recent civil protests and the ‘Occupy Central’ movement, and offers some critical insights into power relations and the changing landscape of criminal justice. The book will serve as a comprehensive resource for students in a wide range of criminal justice, social work and related courses."

    Loraine Gelsthorpe, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Deputy Director, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

    "I found the second edition of Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong well researched and updated to the date of print. A most comprehensive text for anyone interested in Hong Kong 's criminal justice system."

    Dr Samson Chan, CSDSM, CSMSM, Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong