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NCJ Number: 169654 Find in a Library
Title: World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems: Hong Kong
Author(s): I Dobinson
Corporate Author: State University of New York at Albany
School of Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
State University of New York at Albany
Albany, NY 12222
Grant Number: 90-BJ-CX-0002
Sale Source: State University of New York at Albany
School of Criminal Justice
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report provides information and statistics on Hong Kong's criminal justice system, including its police, courts, and corrections.
Abstract: The criminal justice system of Hong Kong suffers from too much bureaucratization and a lack of coordination. Generally, departments and agencies are administered by the executive, with the governor as its head. The decision to prosecute is made by the attorney general, and corrections are administered by the Departments of Correctional Services and Social Welfare. The judiciary has apparent independence; however, the powers of the governor to appoint both judges and magistrates, as delegated by the Queen, may be viewed as impeding true independence. The structure of the government and criminal justice system is the same as other British colonies. Like other colonies, early priorities of the criminal justice system focused on the control of the indigenous population and protection of borders. This approach is still followed today. The police have the power to randomly stop people and request production of identity cards. In addition, the powers of the Hong Kong Police are more extensive than their British counterparts. This report's section on crime considers the classification of crime and crime statistics on murder, rape, robbery with firearms, and serious drug offenses. A section on crime victims addresses the groups most victimized by crime, victims' assistance agencies, the role of victims in prosecution and sentencing, and victims' rights legislation. A report on the Hong Kong police describes its administration, resources, technology, training and qualifications, discretion, and accountability. Other sections of the report focus on prosecutorial and judicial process, the judicial system, penalties and sentencing, prisons, and extradition and treaties. 7 references
Main Term(s): Criminal justice statistics
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign courts; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign police; Foreign sentencing; Hong Kong; International extradition; International inmate exchanges; Victims in foreign countries
Note: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program.
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