Magistrates Ordinance


Published: 1997-06-30

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Chapter: 227 MAGISTRATES ORDINANCE Gazette Number Version Date

Long title 30/06/1997


To provide for the jurisdiction of magistrates and the procedure and practice before magistrates in relation to offences
punishable on summary conviction, the transfer of charges to the District Court and the committal of persons
charged with indictable offences and for other purposes.


[1 January 1933]


(Originally 41 of 1932 (Cap 227 1950))

Section: 1 Short title 30/06/1997


This Ordinance may be cited as the Magistrates Ordinance.

Section: 2 Interpretation L.N. 172 of 1999 05/07/1999


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 59 of 1999 s. 3


PRELIMINARY


In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires-
"appellant" (上訴人) means the party appealing under Part VII from a decision of a magistrate;
"civil debt" (民事債項) means any sum of money claimed to be due which is recoverable before a magistrate

otherwise than on information; (Replaced 35 of 1969 Schedule)
"counsel" (代表律師) means any barrister, advocate or solicitor having the right of audience before any court in

Hong Kong; (Amended 59 of 1994 s. 6)
"deputy magistrate" (暫委裁判官) means a deputy magistrate appointed under section 5A; (Added 21 of 1999 s. 12)
"District Court" (區域法院) means the District Court of Hong Kong established by the District Court Ordinance (Cap

336); (Added 2 of 1953 s. 2. Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)
"fine" (罰款) includes any pecuniary penalty or pecuniary forfeiture or pecuniary compensation payable under a

conviction or order;
"indictable offence" (可公訴罪行) means any crime or offence for which a magistrate is authorized or empowered or

required to commit the accused person to prison for trial before the court;
"indictment" (公訴) includes an information in the court;
"information" (告發) includes a charge; (Added 49 of 1965 s. 2)
"legal officer" (律政人員) has the same meaning as it has in section 2 of the Legal Officers Ordinance (Cap 87);

(Added 13 of 1966 Schedule)
"magistrate" (裁判官) includes a permanent magistrate and a special magistrate; (Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 2)
"magistrates' clerk" (裁判官書記) includes (where there is more than one) either or any of such clerks or such other

person as a magistrate directs to do anything required by this Ordinance to be done by the magistrates' clerk; [cf.
1879 c. 49 s. 48 U.K.]

"party" (一方) includes the HKSAR and also any person aggrieved within the meaning of section 105 or 113;
(Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2; 59 of 1999 s. 3)

"prescribed" (訂明) means prescribed or provided by any enactment which relates to any offences, penalties, fines,
costs, sums of money, orders, proceedings or matters to the punishment, recovery, making or conduct of which
this Ordinance expressly or impliedly applies or may be applied; [cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 49 U.K.]

"prison" (監獄) includes any place or building or portion of a building set apart, or hereafter to be set apart, for the
purpose of a prison under any Ordinance relating to prisons;



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"Registrar" (司法常務官) means the Registrar of the High Court; (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)
"respondent" (答辯人) means the opposite party whose interest conflicts with the interest of any person appealing

within the meaning of section 105 or 113;
"sum adjudged to be paid by a conviction" (根據定罪而判決須繳付的款項) and "sum adjudged to be paid by an

order" (根據命令而判決須繳付的款項), respectively, include any costs adjudged to be paid by the
conviction or order, as the case may be, of which the amount is ascertained by such conviction or order;

"witness order" (證人令) means an order made under section 84(1). (Added 59 of 1981 s. 2)

Section: 3 Saving of special procedure 30/06/1997


Nothing in this Ordinance shall affect any special procedure provided in any Ordinance.

Section: 4 Use of forms 30/06/1997


The forms in the rules made hereunder or forms to the like effect, with such variations or additions as
circumstances may require, shall be deemed good, valid and sufficient in law.

Part: I Constitution of Magistrates E.R. 1 of 2015 29/01/2015


(*Format changes—E.R. 1 of 2015)
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Note:
* The format of Part I has been updated to the current legislative styles.

Section: 5 Chief Executive may by warrant appoint permanent and

special magistrates
E.R. 1 of 2015 29/01/2015



(1) The Chief Executive may by warrant from time to time appoint such number of permanent and special
magistrates as are in his opinion required for the efficient administration of justice in Hong Kong and may in the
case of special magistrates by such warrant limit the jurisdiction and powers to be exercised by the person so
appointed. Such appointments together with the warrant of appointment where such warrant limits jurisdiction or
powers to be exercised by the person appointed shall be notified in the Gazette. (Amended 48 of 1949 s. 3; 3 of
1974 s. 2; 59 of 1994 s. 6; 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(2) A permanent magistrate shall exercise all the jurisdiction and powers conferred on a magistrate by any
enactment in force in Hong Kong and also such jurisdiction and powers as may from time to time be conferred
on a permanent magistrate. (Amended 59 of 1994 s. 6)

(3) A special magistrate shall, subject to the provisions of his warrant of appointment, exercise all the jurisdiction
conferred on a magistrate by any enactment in force in Hong Kong, but his powers of imposing imprisonment
and fine shall, in the case of any enactment in force on 20 May 1949, be subject to the limitations as to the
maximum term or terms of imprisonment and the maximum fine which such magistrate may lawfully impose
under this Ordinance as amended from time to time and in the case of any enactment coming into force after 20
May 1949, be so subject unless such enactment expressly provides to the contrary. (Amended 59 of 1994 s. 6)

(4) (Repealed 47 of 1997 s. 10)
(5) So long as any warrant of appointment of a magistrate issued under this section is in force and unrevoked, it

shall continue to have effect notwithstanding his subsequent appointment to some other office.
(6) Any appointment made under the provisions of subsection (1) may be given effect from a date anterior to that of

the warrant by which it is made:
Provided that nothing herein contained shall be deemed to authorize the discharge of any magisterial functions

by any person so appointed before the date of the warrant or before the requirements of section 17 of the Oaths
and Declarations Ordinance (Cap 11) have been fulfilled. (Added 30 of 1958 s. 2. Amended 20 of 1972 s. 24)

(Added 24 of 1949 s. 3)




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Section: 5AA Professional qualifications of permanent magistrates E.R. 1 of 2015 29/01/2015


(1) A person is eligible to be appointed as a permanent magistrate if the person—
(a) is qualified to practise as a barrister, solicitor or advocate in a court in Hong Kong or any other common

law jurisdiction having unlimited jurisdiction either in civil or criminal matters; and
(b) has the required experience as specified in subsection (2). (Replaced 20 of 2014 s. 5)

(2) For subsection (1)(b), a person has the required experience if, for a period of or periods totalling not less than 5
years—
(a) since becoming qualified as described in subsection (1)(a), the person—

(i) has practised as a barrister, solicitor or advocate in such a court;
(ii) has been a legal officer;
(iii) has been the Director of Legal Aid or a Deputy Director of Legal Aid, Assistant Director of Legal Aid

or Legal Aid Officer, appointed in accordance with section 3 of the Legal Aid Ordinance (Cap 91);
(iv) has been the Official Receiver or an Assistant Official Receiver (Legal), Assistant Principal Solicitor,

Senior Solicitor or Solicitor, appointed in accordance with section 75 of the Bankruptcy Ordinance
(Cap 6); or

(v) has been the Director of Intellectual Property or a Deputy Director of Intellectual Property, Assistant
Director of Intellectual Property, Assistant Principal Solicitor, Senior Solicitor or Solicitor, appointed
in accordance with section 3 of the Director of Intellectual Property (Establishment) Ordinance (Cap
412); or

(b) whether before or since becoming qualified as described in subsection (1)(a), the person has been a special
magistrate appointed in accordance with section 5. (Replaced 20 of 2014 s. 5)

(3) In calculating the period of 5 years referred to in subsection (2)- (Amended 20 of 2014 s. 5)
(a) periods of less than 5 years falling within any of the paragraphs or subparagraphs of that subsection may be

combined;
(b) for the purposes of paragraph (a) of that subsection, periods served in an office specified in Part I of the

First Schedule to the repealed Registrar General (Establishment) Ordinance (Cap 100) may be taken into
account notwithstanding the repeal of that Ordinance. (Amended 20 of 2014 s. 5)

(Added 10 of 2005 s. 142)

Section: 5AB Professional qualifications of special magistrates E.R. 1 of 2015 29/01/2015


(1) A person shall be eligible to be appointed as a special magistrate if-
(a) he is qualified to practise as a barrister, solicitor or advocate in a court in Hong Kong or any other common

law jurisdiction having unlimited jurisdiction either in civil or criminal matters; and
(b) since becoming so qualified, he has for a period of or periods totalling not less than 5 years-

(i) practised as a barrister, solicitor or advocate in such a court;
(ii) been a legal officer;
(iii) been the Director of Legal Aid or a Deputy Director of Legal Aid, Assistant Director of Legal Aid or

Legal Aid Officer, appointed in accordance with section 3 of the Legal Aid Ordinance (Cap 91);
(iv) been the Official Receiver or an Assistant Official Receiver (Legal), Assistant Principal Solicitor,

Senior Solicitor or Solicitor, appointed in accordance with section 75 of the Bankruptcy Ordinance
(Cap 6); or

(v) been the Director of Intellectual Property or a Deputy Director of Intellectual Property, Assistant
Director of Intellectual Property, Assistant Principal Solicitor, Senior Solicitor or Solicitor, appointed
in accordance with section 3 of the Director of Intellectual Property (Establishment) Ordinance (Cap
412). (Amended 26 of 2012 s. 39)

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a person shall also be eligible to be appointed as a special magistrate if-
(a) he is qualified to practise as a barrister, solicitor or advocate in a court in Hong Kong or any other common

law jurisdiction having unlimited jurisdiction either in civil or criminal matters; and
(b) whether before or since becoming so qualified, he has for a period of or periods totalling not less than 5

years served in the grade of Court Prosecutor, Court Interpreter or Judicial Clerk in the Government.
(3) For the purposes of calculating the period of 5 years referred to in subsection (1)(b)-

(a) periods of less than 5 years falling within any of the subparagraphs of that subsection may be combined;



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(b) periods served in an office specified in Part I of the First Schedule to the repealed Registrar General
(Establishment) Ordinance (Cap 100) may be taken into account notwithstanding the repeal of that
Ordinance.

(Added 10 of 2005 s. 142)

Section: 5A Appointment of deputy magistrates E.R. 1 of 2015 29/01/2015


(1) The Chief Justice may by warrant appoint any person who is eligible under section 5AA to be appointed as a
permanent magistrate or under section 5AB to be appointed as a special magistrate to be a deputy magistrate for
such period and on such terms as he thinks fit. Such appointment shall be notified in the Gazette. (Amended 10
of 2005 s. 143)

(2) Subject to the terms of appointment, a deputy magistrate shall, during the period for which he is appointed, have
all the jurisdiction, powers and privileges, and perform all the duties of a permanent magistrate and any
reference in any law to a magistrate shall be construed accordingly.

(3) Every appointment made in accordance with this section may be terminated by the Chief Justice at any time.
(4) Where the hearing of any proceedings before a deputy magistrate is adjourned or where judgment is reserved

therein or where the determination of any matter is subject to review, the deputy magistrate shall have power to
resume the hearing and determine the proceedings or to deliver as the judgment of the magistrate's court the
judgment which he has reserved or to review the determination which he has made, notwithstanding that before
the hearing is resumed or judgment is delivered or the review is disposed of, his appointment has expired or has
been terminated.

(5) For the purposes of subsection (4), the power of a deputy magistrate to determine the proceedings in a resumed
hearing includes the power of awarding costs and the making of any order ancillary to or consequential upon the
award of costs.

(Added 21 of 1999 s. 13)

Section: 6 (Repealed 13 of 1995 s. 31) 30/06/1997




Section: 7 (Repealed 47 of 1997 s. 10) 30/06/1997




Section: 7A (Repealed 13 of 1995 s. 36) 30/06/1997




Section: 7B (Repealed 13 of 1995 s. 36) 30/06/1997




Section: 7C (Repealed 13 of 1995 s. 36) 30/06/1997




Part: II PROCEDURE IN RESPECT OF SUMMARY
OFFENCES

30/06/1997





Section: 7D Notice of prosecution 30/06/1997


(1) Where the penalty which may be imposed upon conviction for an offence does not exceed a fine of $10000
and imprisonment for 6 months (whether with or without any additional order, relating to suspension or cancellation
of a licence, disqualification from obtaining or holding a licence, or as to compensation or otherwise), any public
officer or body corporate authorized to prosecute in respect of that offence may file in a magistrate's court a notice of
prosecution and shall, within 14 days of such filing, serve a copy of that notice by post on the defendant. (See Forms
104, 105)

(2) A notice under subsection (1)-



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(a) shall be in the prescribed form;
(b) shall be signed by the public officer or on behalf of the body corporate filing the notice;
(c) shall state-

(i) the name and address of the defendant;
(ii) particulars of the offence which is alleged to have been committed and of the time and place at

which it is alleged to have been committed; and
(iii) the date before which the defendant may file a written notice requiring a hearing being a date not

less than 35 days after the date on which the notice of prosecution was filed; and
(d) shall be accompanied by a statement of the penalty which may be imposed and any other order which

may be made upon conviction.
(Added 18 of 1984 s. 2)


Section: 7E Procedure where hearing required L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


(1) Where a notice of prosecution has been filed and served and the defendant requires a hearing, he shall, by
written notice filed in the magistrate's court in which the notice of prosecution was filed and before the date stated in
the notice of prosecution, so state and shall, in that notice, state whether he intends to plead guilty or not guilty to the
offence. (See Forms 109, 110, 111)

(2) Where a written notice by the defendant mentioned in subsection (1) is filed, a summons shall be issued
under section 8 and the prosecution shall proceed as if an information had been laid under that section by an informant
deemed to act on behalf of the Secretary for Justice. (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

(Added 18 of 1984 s. 2)

Section: 7F Procedure where no hearing required L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


(1) Where a notice of prosecution is filed and served and the defendant does not file a written notice under
section 7E(1), a magistrate sitting in the absence of the parties and otherwise than in open and public court, shall
determine the matter as if the defendant has pleaded guilty to the offence alleged in the notice of prosecution and may
order the defendant to pay any fine or costs permitted by law.

(2) In determining the matter under subsection (1), the magistrate may take into account the nature of the
offence and the particulars alleged in the notice of prosecution, any previous convictions in the statement accompany
in the notice of prosecution, and any matter submitted by the defendant in response to the notice of prosecution.

(3) Where a magistrate sitting under subsection (1) considers that a fine may not be an adequate penalty in the
circumstances a summons shall be issued under section 8 and the prosecution shall proceed as if an information had
been laid under that section by an informant deemed to act on behalf of the Secretary for Justice. (Amended L.N. 362
of 1997)

(4) Where a prosecution proceeds under subsection (3), the magistrate may, having heard what each party has
to say as to sentence, impose any penalty or make any other order permitted by law as in a case where a defendant
admits the truth of an information.

(Added 18 of 1984 s. 2)

Section: 7G Procedure after determination 30/06/1997


(1) Where a magistrate has determined a matter under section 7F(1) and imposed a fine or ordered costs to be
paid, a notice of such fine or costs shall be served by post on the defendant calling upon him to pay such fine or costs
within such time, being not less than 21 days after the determination of the matter, as may be specified therein. (See
Forms 106, 107)

(2) Where a fine or costs are not paid within the time specified in the notice referred to in subsection (1), a
magistrate shall cause a further notice to be served personally on the defendant by a police officer, usher or other
officer of a magistrate's court, requiring him to make payment of the fine or costs within 14 days of the notice failing
which a summons or warrant will be issued under section 101A.

(Added 18 of 1984 s. 2)




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Section: 7H Review 30/06/1997


Where, on application being made at any time by the defendant, a magistrate is satisfied that a notice of
prosecution has not come to the personal notice of the defendant, the magistrate shall review his determination in the
matter and section 104 (except subsection (1)) shall apply to that review. (See Form 108)

(Added 18 of 1984 s. 2)

Section: 7I Section 26 not to apply on review 30/06/1997


Where a magistrate reviews his determination on a matter under section 7H and reverses his decision,
proceedings may be taken, notwithstanding section 26, within 6 months from the date of the review.

(Added 18 of 1984 s. 2)

Section: 7J Withdrawal of notice of prosecution 30/06/1997


The person filing a notice of prosecution may, at any time before the matter is determined under section 7F(1),
by written notice filed in the magistrate's court, withdraw the notice of prosecution.

(Added 18 of 1984 s. 2)

Section: 8 Issue of summons to defendant and mode of service thereof 30/06/1997


(1) In every case where a complaint is made to or an information laid before a magistrate or an officer of a
magistrate's court who is authorized in writing for that purpose by a magistrate, being a complaint or information in
respect of which a magistrate has power to convict summarily or to make an order for the payment of money or
otherwise, it shall be lawful, subject to this Part, for a summons to be issued by a magistrate or an officer of a
magistrate's court who is authorized under this subsection. (See Form 1) (Replaced 18 of 1981 s. 2. Amended 12 of
1992 s. 2)

(1A) Every such summons shall be issued to the person against whom the complaint has been made or
information laid, stating the matter of the complaint or information and requiring him to appear at a certain time and
place before a magistrate to answer to the complaint or information and to be further dealt with according to law.
(Added 18 of 1981 s. 2. Amended 59 of 1994 s. 2)

(1B) (a) (Repealed 12 of 1992 s. 2)
(b) A summons may be issued without consideration of the complaint or information by the magistrate or

an officer of a magistrate's court who is authorized under subsection (1), but, if a magistrate does
consider the complaint or information, he may for good cause refuse to issue a summons. (Added 18
of 1981 s. 2. Amended 12 of 1992 s. 2)

(1C) (Repealed 12 of 1992 s. 2)
(1D) Every such summons shall be in the prescribed form. (Replaced 12 of 1992 s. 2)
(2) (a) Every such summons shall be served-

(i) by hand; or
(ii) by post.

(b) Where a summons is served by post and the person to whom it is directed does not appear at the time
and place specified in the summons for the appearance of that person, such service shall be deemed to
have never been effected, and the summons shall thereafter be served by hand.

(c) Where a summons is served by hand, the police officer, the usher or other officer of a magistrate's
court, or officer of the Independent Commission Against Corruption who served the summons shall,
save as provided in subsection (3), attend before a magistrate at any time and place specified by a
magistrate to depose, if necessary, to its service. (Amended 48 of 1996 s. 24)

(d) Nothing in this subsection shall oblige a magistrate or an officer of a magistrate's court who is
authorized under subsection (1) to issue a summons in any case where the defendant appears
voluntarily or upon his recognizance or is in the custody of the police or charged on the charge sheet in
which case it shall be lawful for a magistrate to hear and determine the case in all respects as if the
defendant had appeared in answer to a summons.

(e) In this subsection-



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"served by hand" (由專人送達) means served by a police officer, usher or other officer of a
magistrate's court, or officer of the Independent Commission Against Corruption on the person to
whom the summons is directed- (Amended 48 of 1996 s. 24)

(a) by delivering the summons to that person personally; or
(b) by leaving it with a third person for that person at that person's last or most usual

place of abode;
"served by post" (以郵遞方式送達) means sent by an usher or other officer of a magistrate's court by

ordinary post to the residential or business address of the person to whom it is directed.
(Replaced 59 of 1994 s. 2)

(3) A statutory declaration by a police officer, usher or other officer stating that he delivered a summons to the
person to whom it is directed personally or that he left it with a third person for that person at that person's last or most
usual place of abode, shall on its production be admissible in evidence without further proof, and until the contrary is
proved the magistrate before whom it is produced shall presume- (Amended 59 of 1994 s. 2; 14 of 1997 s. 9)

(a) that the facts stated therein are true; and
(b) that the summons was duly served in accordance with subsection (2)(a)(i). (Added 36 of 1976 s. 2)

(4) Notwithstanding subsection (3) a magistrate may require the police officer, usher or other officer who
served a summons to attend before him and give evidence on oath as to its service. (Added 36 of 1976 s. 2. Amended
59 of 1994 s. 2)

(5) Subject to subsection (6), at any time before the person to whom a summons is directed has appeared to
answer the complaint or information, a magistrate may, where practicable upon first hearing the complainant or
informant, cancel the summons by writing under his hand which shall be served in the manner provided for the service
of a summons by hand in subsection (2). (Added 18 of 1981 s. 2. Amended 59 of 1994 s. 2)

(6) Where a summons has been cancelled under subsection (5) a magistrate may, within 2 months of the date of
such cancellation, order that the complainant or informant shall pay to the defendant such costs, not exceeding $5000,
as he may think fit. (Added 18 of 1981 s. 2)

[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 1 U.K.]

Section: 8A Notice to appear before a magistrate in respect of certain

offences
30/06/1997



(1) Notwithstanding section 8, if a public officer specified in the first column of the Fourth Schedule
reasonably suspects that a person has committed any offence specified opposite thereto in the second column of that
Schedule, the public officer may serve on that person personally a notice requiring him to appear at a time, being not
earlier than 3 clear days after the notice has been served on him and place specified in the notice before a magistrate to
be dealt with according to law. (See Forms 1A, 1B)

(2) A notice under subsection (1)-
(a) shall be in the prescribed form;
(b) shall be signed by the public officer by whom it is served; and
(c) shall state-

(i) the name and address of the person upon whom the notice is served;
(ii) the offence which is alleged to have been committed with sufficient particulars thereof;
(iii) the time and place at which the offence is alleged to have been committed; and
(iv) the time and place at which the person on whom the notice is served is required to appear.

(3) If a person upon whom a notice under subsection (1) has been served fails to appear before a magistrate at
the time and place mentioned in the notice, and it is made to appear to the magistrate by oath that the notice was
served on that person personally, the magistrate may issue his warrant for the apprehension of that person and to bring
that person before him or another magistrate to be dealt with according to law. (See Form 2A)

(4) If a person upon whom a notice under subsection (1) has been served appears before a magistrate in
accordance with the notice, or is brought before a magistrate by a warrant issued under subsection (3), the magistrate
may hear and determine the offence alleged in the notice as if a complaint has been made or an information has been
laid against that person in respect of the offence and for such purposes, the provisions under this Ordinance relating to
hearing of complaint or information and the proceedings thereon shall apply mutatis mutandis.

(5) If a person upon whom a notice under subsection (1) has been served is brought before a magistrate by a
warrant issued under subsection (3), the magistrate shall order that person to pay costs of not less than $80 and not



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more than $1500, whether or not he is convicted of the offence alleged in the notice: (Amended 18 of 1984 s. 3)
Provided that no order shall be made where the magistrate is satisfied that exceptional circumstances existed

which rendered it inequitable to require compliance with the notice.
(6) Any costs ordered to be paid under subsection (5) shall be recoverable under section 69(2) in the same

manner as costs awarded under section 69(1).
(7) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Ordinance, a magistrate may permit a representative to

appear on behalf of a person upon whom a notice under subsection (1) has been served where such representative
satisfies the magistrate that he is authorized to enter a plea of guilty and is himself able to pay any fine imposed.

(Added 59 of 1972 s. 2)

Section: 9 Issue of warrant in first instance or subsequently 30/06/1997


(1) Where a complaint or information laid before a magistrate is substantiated by oath before him, the
magistrate may, in the first instance or notwithstanding that a summons has been previously issued, issue a warrant to
arrest the defendant and bring him before a magistrate to answer to the complaint or information. (See Form 4)

(2) Where a defendant is arrested under a warrant issued under subsection (1), he shall be brought before a
magistrate, who may adjourn the hearing and deal with the defendant in accordance with section 20.

(Replaced 36 of 1976 s. 3)

Section: 10 Manner of making complaint or laying information 25 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


(1) Every complaint and every information under this Part, unless some enactment otherwise requires, may
respectively be made or laid without any oath being made of the truth thereof; except in case of an information where
the magistrate receiving the same thereupon issues his warrant in the first instance to apprehend the defendant as
aforesaid; and in every such case where the magistrate issues his warrant in the first instance the matter of the
information shall be substantiated by the oath of the informant, or of some witness on his behalf, before any such
warrant shall be issued. (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(2) For every distinct offence of which any person is accused there shall be a separate complaint or
information, and every such complaint or information shall be tried separately except in the following cases-

(a) when a person is accused of more offences than one of the same or a similar character he may, subject
to the provisions of section 26, be charged with and tried at the same time for any such offence,
whether it is committed with respect to the same person or not: (Amended 49 of 1965 s. 4)

Provided that if the magistrate is of opinion that a person accused will be prejudiced or
embarrassed in his defence, he may order a separate trial of any such charge or charges;

(b) if in one series of acts so connected together as to form the same transaction, more offences than one
are committed by the same person, he may be charged with and tried at the same time for every such
offence; and

(c) if a single act or series of acts is of such a nature that it is doubtful which of several offences the facts
which can be proved will constitute, the accused person may be charged with having committed all or
any of such offences and any number of such charges may be tried at once; or he may be charged in
the alternative with having committed some one of the said offences. (Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 6)

(3) Every such complaint or information may be made or laid by the complainant or informant in person or by
his counsel or other person authorized in that behalf.

(4) Every such complaint or information shall comply with the Indictment Rules (Cap 221 sub. leg. C) in so far
as those rules are applicable mutatis mutandis to any such complaint or information. (Replaced 36 of 1976 s. 4)

Section: 11 Place and manner of hearing 30/06/1997


The room or place in which a magistrate sits to hear and try any complaint or information shall be deemed an
open and public court, to which the public generally may have access, so far as the same can conveniently contain
them, unless the magistrate otherwise directs where the evidence is of an indecent character, or where a prosecution is
for an offence against the Societies Ordinance (Cap 151) and is an offence relating to or otherwise connected with a



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Triad Society, in which case he shall make a note on the depositions of the direction which he has given:
Provided that in any case the delivery by the magistrate of his determination and any proceedings subsequent

thereto, other than a review under section 104 which requires the hearing of evidence, shall take place in open and
public court.

(Amended 24 of 1949 s. 7; 16 of 1960 s. 2)
[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 12 U.K.]


Section: 12 Prosecution of offences to be under control of Secretary for

Justice
L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997



The Secretary for Justice is hereby entrusted with the duty and discretion of conducting the prosecution of all
offences cognizable by a magistrate:

Provided-
(a) that it shall be lawful for any member of the police force and such other public servant as the Secretary

for Justice may from time to time by any general or special direction authorize to lay before a
magistrate or an officer of a magistrate's court who is authorized under section 8(1) an information in
respect of an offence and any such information shall be deemed to have been laid on behalf of the
Secretary for Justice; (Amended 12 of 1992 s. 3)

(b) that in any such case the Secretary for Justice shall be deemed to be a party to the proceedings and
such member or public servant shall not be so deemed.

(Added 24 of 1949 s. 8. Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

Section: 13 Appointment of official prosecutors by Secretary for

Justice*
25 of 2008 11/07/2008



The Secretary for Justice may appoint any public officer or class of public officers to act as official prosecutor or
prosecutors and to conduct generally on his behalf any prosecution before a magistrate or any specified classes of
prosecutions or any particular case. Any official prosecutor so appointed may without any written authority appear and
plead before a magistrate any case of which he has charge which is being inquired into, tried or reviewed.

(Added 24 of 1949 s. 8. Amended L.N. 362 of 1997; 25 of 2008 s. 3)
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Note:
* (Amended 25 of 2008 s. 3)

Section: 14 Private prosecution and intervention by the Secretary for

Justice
25 of 2008 11/07/2008



(1) A complainant or informant who is not acting or deemed to act on behalf of the Secretary for Justice may if
he so wishes and without any prior leave conduct in person or by counsel on his behalf the prosecution of the offence
to which the complaint or information relates but the Secretary for Justice may at any stage of the proceedings before
the magistrate intervene and assume the conduct of the proceedings and may within the time limited by section 104 for
applying for a review intervene for the purpose of applying for or being made a party to any review.

(2) As from the date of any such intervention the Secretary for Justice shall be deemed to be a party to the
proceedings or the review in lieu of such complainant or informant.

(3) Such intervention may be effected by oral intimation given to the magistrate by a legal officer in the
Department of Justice acting under the instructions of the Secretary for Justice or by notice in writing under the hand
of the Secretary for Justice of his intervention lodged with the magistrates' clerk. In the event of oral intimation as
aforesaid having been given the Secretary for Justice shall as soon as conveniently may be cause notice in writing of
his intention to be lodged as aforesaid. (Amended 25 of 2008 s. 4)

(Added 24 of 1949 s. 8. Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

Section: 15 Secretary for Justice may withdraw case by entering nolle

prosequi*
25 of 2008 11/07/2008



(1) In any case before a magistrate in which an accused person is being tried for an indictable offence pursuant



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to section 91, 92 or 92A and at any stage thereof before judgment and in any case in which an inquiry is being held by
a magistrate for the purpose of determining whether an accused should be committed for trial, the Secretary for Justice
may enter a nolle prosequi by informing the magistrate in writing that the HKSAR intends that the proceedings shall
not continue, and thereupon the accused shall be at once discharged in respect of the charge for which the nolle
prosequi is entered, and if he has been committed to prison shall be released, or if on bail his recognizances shall be
discharged; but such discharge of an accused person shall not operate as a bar to any subsequent proceedings against
him on account of the same facts. (Amended 59 of 1992 s. 13; L.N. 362 of 1997; 25 of 1998 s. 2; 59 of 1999 s. 3)

(2) If the accused shall not be before the magistrate when such nolle prosequi is entered the magistrates' clerk
shall forthwith cause notice in writing of the entry of such nolle prosequi to be given to the keeper of the prison in
which such accused may be detained.

(Added 24 of 1949 s. 8)
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Note:
* (Replaced 25 of 2008 s. 5)

Section: 16 Rights of parties to conduct case personally or by counsel L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


(1) The party against whom the complaint is made or information laid shall be admitted to make his full answer
and defence thereto and to have the witnesses examined and cross-examined by him or by counsel on his behalf.

(2) Without prejudice to the rights of the Secretary for Justice every complainant or informant shall be at
liberty to conduct the complaint or information respectively and to have the witnesses examined and cross-examined
by him or by counsel on his behalf. (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

(Added 24 of 1949 s. 8)

Section: 17 (Repealed 25 of 2008 s. 6) 25 of 2008 11/07/2008




Section: 18 Appearance by counsel 30/06/1997


At the hearing of a complaint or information, a party may be represented by counsel; and an absent party so
represented shall be deemed not to be absent:

Provided that appearance of a party by counsel shall not satisfy any provision in any enactment or any condition
of a recognizance expressly requiring the appearance of the party.

(Replaced 36 of 1976 s. 5)

Section: 18A Non-appearance of defendant 30/06/1997


Subject to sections 18E and 19A(5), in any case where a summons has been served on the defendant a
reasonable time before the hearing and at the time and place appointed for the hearing only the complainant or
informant appears, the magistrate-

(a) may issue a warrant to arrest the defendant and bring him before a magistrate and adjourn the hearing
for such time as he may think fit; (See Form 2)

(b) may adjourn the hearing under section 20 and if the defendant does not appear at the time and place to
which the hearing is adjourned may issue a warrant to arrest the defendant and bring him before a
magistrate; or

(c) may, upon the application of the complainant or informant, dismiss the complaint or information.
(Added 18 of 1984 s. 4)

(Added 36 of 1976 s. 5. Amended 18 of 1984 s. 4)

Section: 18B Non-appearance of informant or complainant 30/06/1997


(1) Where at the hearing the defendant appears, but the complainant or informant does not appear, the
magistrate-

(a) shall, if the defendant is brought before him by virtue of a warrant and the complainant or informant
has not had adequate notice of the hearing, adjourn the hearing under section 20; and



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(b) may, in any other case, dismiss the complaint or information or adjourn the hearing under section 20.
(2) Where a complaint or information is dismissed under subsection (1), the magistrate may order that the

complainant or informant shall pay to the defendant such costs, not exceeding $5000, as the magistrate may think fit.
(Amended 18 of 1981 s. 3)

(Added 36 of 1976 s. 5)

Section: 18C Non-appearance of either party 30/06/1997


(1) Where at the hearing neither the complainant or informant nor the defendant appears, the magistrate may-
(a) dismiss the information or complaint; or
(b) adjourn the hearing under section 20.

(2) Where a complaint or information is dismissed under subsection (1), such dismissal shall not operate as a
bar to any subsequent proceedings against the defendant in the same matter.

(Added 36 of 1976 s. 5)

Section: 18D Appearance of both parties 30/06/1997


Where at the hearing both the complainant or informant and the defendant appear, the magistrate shall proceed
to hear and determine the case.

(Added 36 of 1976 s. 5)

Section: 18E Plea of guilty by letter L.N. 294 of 2000 01/01/2001


(1) Subject to subsection (3), the defendant may, in the case of an offence specified in the Third Schedule,
plead guilty by letter addressed to the magistrate, and thereupon the magistrate may-

(a) proceed to hear and determine the case in the absence of the defendant in like manner as if the
defendant had appeared before him and pleaded guilty:

Provided that the magistrate shall not impose any fine exceeding $2000 or any term of
imprisonment; or (Amended 51 of 1981 s. 2)

(b) adjourn the hearing for the purpose of dealing with the complaint or information as if such letter had
not been received.

(2) In every case where the defendant may plead guilty by letter, the summons shall contain a footnote or
endorsement drawing attention to that fact.

(3) Where-
(a) a complaint or information is in respect of an offence under section 41(1) of the Road Traffic

Ordinance (Cap 374); and
(b) if the defendant is convicted of the offence on the basis that the complaint or information is true, the

conviction will be one to which section 41(3) of that Ordinance applies,
a summons in respect of that offence shall be endorsed to the effect that the defendant may not plead guilty by letter,
and in such a case the provisions of this section shall thereupon cease to apply. (Replaced 50 of 2000 s. 5)

(4) The Legislative Council may by resolution amend the Third Schedule.
(Added 36 of 1976 s. 5)


Section: 19 Proceedings at hearing 30/06/1997


(1) Where the defendant is present at the hearing, the substance of the complaint or the information (or the
summons which has been issued under section 8 pursuant to such complaint or information) shall be read over to him,
and explained if necessary, and he shall be asked whether he admits or denies the truth of the complaint or
information. If the defendant admits the truth of the complaint or information, his admission shall be recorded as
nearly as possible in the words used by him, and the magistrate shall convict him or make an order against him
accordingly; but if he does not admit the truth of the complaint or information as aforesaid, then the magistrate shall
proceed to hear upon oath the complainant or informant and such witnesses as may be produced in support of the
complaint or information, and also to hear the defendant and such evidence as may be adduced in defence; and also to
hear and examine such other witnesses as the complainant or informant may examine in rebuttal, if the defendant or



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his counsel has examined any witnesses or given any evidence other than as to the defendant's general character.
(Amended 48 of 1949 s. 5; 49 of 1965 s. 6; 59 of 1994 s. 3)

(2) The magistrate, having heard what each party has to say and the witnesses and evidence so adduced, shall
consider the whole matter and determine the same, and shall convict or make an order against the defendant or dismiss
the complaint or information, as the case may be. (See Form 32)

(3) If the magistrate convicts a defendant or makes an order against him, he shall thereupon make a minute or
memorandum of such adjudication (for which no fee shall be paid), and he shall cause the same to be lodged with the
magistrates' clerk, who shall register the same as hereinafter provided. (Replaced 2 of 1955 s. 2)

(4) If the magistrate dismisses the complaint or information, it shall be lawful for him, if he thinks fit, on being
required to do so, to make an order of dismissal of the complaint or information, and he shall give the defendant in
that behalf a certificate thereof, which said certificate shall be a bar to any subsequent complaint or information for the
same matters respectively against the same party. (See Form 47)

Section: 19A Plea by a corporation before a magistrate 30/06/1997


(1) On the hearing by a magistrate of any complaint or information against a corporation, a representative may
on behalf of the corporation enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

(2) Where a representative enters a plea of not guilty under subsection (1), he may exercise the rights under
section 16(1) as if he were an individual defendant against whom the complaint is made or the information laid.

(3) Section 49(4) of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance (Cap 221) shall apply mutatis mutandis to a
representative for the purposes of subsection (1) as it applies to a representative for the purposes of that section.

(4) A letter under section 18E may be addressed to the magistrate on behalf of a corporation by a director or the
secretary of the corporation and that section shall apply in relation to a letter purporting to be so addressed as it applies
to a letter purporting to be addressed by an individual defendant. (Amended 36 of 1976 s. 6)

(5) Subject to subsection (4), if at the time and place appointed for the hearing of a complaint or information
against a corporation only the complainant or informant appears, the magistrate may, if he is satisfied that a summons
was served on the corporation a reasonable time before the hearing, order a plea of not guilty to be entered and may
thereupon proceed to hear and determine the case as though the corporation had duly entered a plea of not guilty.
(Added 36 of 1976 s. 6)

(Added 6 of 1971 s. 2)
[cf. 1967 c. 80 s. 29 U.K.]


Section: 20 Adjournment of hearing and procedure thereon 30/06/1997


(1) Before or during the hearing of any complaint or information, a magistrate may adjourn the hearing to such
time and place and on such conditions as he thinks fit.

(2) Where the hearing is adjourned-
(a) by reason of the non-appearance of the complainant or informant, either personally or by counsel, and

the magistrate is satisfied that the complainant or informant has had adequate notice of the hearing, he
may order that the complainant or informant shall pay to the defendant such costs, not exceeding
$5000, as the magistrate may think fit; or

(b) on the application of the complainant or informant, either personally or by counsel, and the magistrate
is satisfied that the application is occasioned by some default, neglect or omission on the part of the
complainant, informant or his counsel, as the case may be, he may order that the complainant or
informant shall pay to the defendant such costs, not exceeding $5000, as the magistrate may think fit.
(Amended 18 of 1981 s. 3)

(3) When adjourning the hearing of a complaint or information, the magistrate may admit the defendant to bail
or commit him to prison or some other place of security or to such other custody as the magistrate may think fit. (See
Forms 5-9, 18) (Amended 56 of 1994 s. 11)

(4) Where a defendant who has been admitted to bail fails to surrender to custody as shall have been appointed,
a magistrate may issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. (Replaced 56 of 1994 s. 11)

(5) A magistrate may, on being satisfied that a defendant who is accused of an offence triable summarily is by
reason of illness or accident unable to appear personally before a magistrate-

(a) visit the defendant and in his presence exercise any of the powers conferred by subsection (1) or (3); or
(b) exercise such powers in the absence of the defendant if, in the opinion of the magistrate, it is not



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practicable for him to visit the defendant.
(6) If, at the time and place to which the hearing or further hearing is so adjourned-

(a) the complainant or informant does not appear, either personally or by counsel, a magistrate may
dismiss the complaint or information on such terms as he may think fit, including a term that the
complainant or informant shall pay to the defendant such costs, not exceeding $5000, as the magistrate
may think fit; or (Amended 18 of 1981 s. 3)

(b) the defendant does not appear, either personally or by counsel, the magistrate may-
(i) issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant; (See Form 2)
(ii) declare any recognizance to be forfeited; and
(iii) adjourn the hearing for such time as he may think fit.

(Replaced 36 of 1976 s. 7)

Section: 21 Provisions as to witnesses 30/06/1997


General


(1) If it is made to appear to a magistrate, by any credible person, that any person within Hong Kong is likely to
give material evidence on behalf of the complainant or informant or defendant, the magistrate shall issue his summons
to such person, under his hand and seal, requiring him to be and appear at-

(a) such time and place as specified in the summons; and
(b) such time and place as may be directed in such manner as is specified in the summons,

before a magistrate to testify what he knows concerning the matter of the complaint or information. (Amended 44 of
1962 s. 2; 59 of 1994 ss. 4 & 6)

(2) If any person so summoned refuses or neglects to appear as required by the summons and no just excuse is
offered for such refusal or neglect, then after proof upon oath that the summons was served on such person, either
personally or by leaving the same for him with some person at his last or most usual place of abode, and that a
reasonable sum (where, in the opinion of the magistrate, necessary) was paid or tendered to him for his costs or
expenses in that behalf, it shall be lawful for the magistrate before whom such person should have appeared to issue a
warrant, under his hand and seal, to bring and have such person at a time and place to be therein mentioned before a
magistrate- (See Form 15)

(a) to testify as aforesaid, unless the complaint or information as been dismissed; and
(b) to show cause why he should not be punished under subsection (5) for his refusal or neglect so to

appear. (Amended 6 of 1968 s. 2; 59 of 1994 s. 4)
(3) If the magistrate is satisfied, by evidence upon oath, that it is probable that such person will not attend to

give evidence without being compelled to do so, then, instead of issuing a summons, it shall be lawful for him to issue
his warrant in the first instance. (See Form 16)

(4) If any person having come before a magistrate whether voluntarily or in obedience to a summons or having
been brought before him by warrant or otherwise shall refuse to be sworn or having been sworn shall without just
excuse refuse to answer such questions as shall be put to him concerning the premises, the magistrate may, by warrant
under his hand and seal, order him to be imprisoned for 12 months unless he in the meantime shall consent to be
sworn and to answer concerning the premises, or he may impose upon such person a fine not exceeding $5000. (See
Form 17) (Amended 30 of 1958 Schedule; 6 of 1968 s. 2; 51 of 1981 s. 3; 59 of 1981 s. 2)

(5) The magistrate before whom a person is brought pursuant to a warrant under subsection (2) may, unless
such person satisfies the magistrate that he had reasonable cause for his refusal or neglect to appear as required by the
summons, impose upon such person a fine not exceeding $5000 and order him to be imprisoned for a period not
exceeding 12 months. (Added 6 of 1968 s. 2. Amended 51 of 1981 s. 3; 59 of 1981 s. 2;
59 of 1994 s. 4)

[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 7 U.K.]

Section: 22 Power to order production of documents 30/06/1997


The powers contained in sections 21 and 78 enabling a magistrate to issue a summons to any witness to attend to
give evidence before a magistrate shall be deemed to include the power to summon and require a witness to produce to
such magistrate books, plans, papers, documents, articles, goods and things likely to be material evidence on the
hearing of any charge, information or complaint, and the provisions of those sections relating to the neglect or refusal



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of a witness, without just excuse, to attend to give evidence, or to be sworn, or to give evidence, shall apply
accordingly, and a magistrate shall have power to vary or add to the forms in the rules made hereunder accordingly.
(See Forms 14-17)

[cf. 1914 c. 58 s. 29 U.K.]

Section: 23 Variance between information and evidence 30/06/1997


(1) In every case of an information for any offence punishable on summary conviction any variance between
the information and the evidence adduced in support thereof as to the time at which the offence or act is alleged to
have been committed shall not be deemed material, if it is proved that such information was in fact laid within the
time limited by law for laying the same; and any variance between the information and the evidence adduced in
support thereof as to the place in which the offence or act is alleged to have been committed shall not be deemed
material, provided that the offence or act is proved to have been committed within the jurisdiction of the magistrate by
whom the information is heard and determined.

(2) If any such variance, or any variance in any other respect between the information and the evidence
adduced in support thereof, appears to the magistrate to be such that the defendant has been thereby deceived or
misled the magistrate may-

(a) adjourn the hearing of the case and if he is satisfied that the variance is due to default or neglect on the
part of the complainant, informant or his counsel, as the case may be, he may order that the
complainant or informant shall pay to the defendant such costs, not exceeding $5000, as the magistrate
may think fit; and (Amended 18 of 1981 s. 3)

(b) commit the defendant to prison or some place of security or to such other custody as the magistrate
may think fit, or admit him to bail, with or without surety or sureties. (See Forms 5-9) (Replaced 36
of 1976 s. 8)

(3) Where a defendant admitted to bail under subsection (2)(b) does not appear at the time and place appointed
for the adjourned hearing, a magistrate may declare any recognizance to be forfeited and issue a warrant for the arrest
of the defendant. (See Form 3) (Added 36 of 1976 s. 8)

[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 9 U.K.]

Section: 24 Description of property of partners in complaint or

information
25 of 1998; 29 of
1998

01/07/1997



Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2; 29 of 1998 s. 105


(1) In any complaint or information or the proceedings thereon in which it is necessary to state the ownership
of any property belonging to or in the possession of partners, joint tenants, parceners or tenants in common, it shall be
sufficient to name one of such persons and to state the property to belong to the person so named and another or
others, as the case may be; and whenever in any complaint or information or the proceedings thereon it is necessary to
mention for any purpose whatsoever any partners, joint tenants, parceners or tenants in common, it shall be sufficient
to describe them in manner aforesaid.

(2) Whenever in any complaint or information or the proceedings thereon it is necessary to state the ownership
of any public work or building maintained or repaired at the public expense or any materials or tools provided for the
repair of public highways, roads, buildings, gates, bridges, lamps, boards, stones, posts, fences or other things erected
or provided for such highways, roads, buildings, gates, bridges, lamps, boards, stones, posts and fences, or of any
reservoirs, conduits, sewers, drains or other public works or property of whatsoever description, it shall be sufficient to
describe such property as the property of the Government. (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2; 29 of 1998 s. 105)

[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 4 U.K.]

Section: 25 Complaint for order to pay money need not be in writing 25 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


In any case of a complaint upon which a magistrate may make an order for payment of money or otherwise, it



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shall not be necessary that such complaint shall be in writing unless it is required to be so by the enactment upon
which such complaint is framed.

(Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)
[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 8 U.K.]


Section: 26 Limit of time for complaint or information 25 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


In any case of an offence, other than an indictable offence, where no time is limited by any enactment for
making any complaint or laying any information in respect of such offence, such complaint shall be made or such
information laid within 6 months from the time when the matter of such complaint or information respectively arose.

(Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)
[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 11 U.K.]


Section: 26A Limitation of time in respect of certain summary offences

concerning aviation
L.N. 362 of 1997;
25 of 1998

01/07/1997



Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


(1) Notwithstanding section 26, in the case of an offence (other than an indictable offence) against any order in
force under section 2A of the Civil Aviation Ordinance (Cap 448) or against any regulation made under such an order,
a complaint may be made or an information may be laid in respect of the offence within 12 months from the
commission of the offence, if- (Amended 66 of 1997 s. 17)

(a) it was committed in connection with the flight of an aircraft in the course of which an accident
occurred; and

(b) not more than 6 months after the commission of the offence-
(i) public notice has been given that an investigation into the accident is being carried out in

accordance with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation (Investigation of Accidents) Regulations (Cap
448 sub. leg. B); or

(ii) the Chief Executive has directed under regulation 16 of the Hong Kong Civil Navigation
(Investigation of Accidents) Regulations (Cap 448 sub. leg. B) that a public inquiry into the
accident be held in accordance with those regulations. (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(2) The fact that any direction referred to in subsection (1)(b)(ii) has been given on any date may be proved by
the production of a certificate to that effect purporting to be signed by the Chief Secretary for Administration.
(Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

(3) For the purposes of this section-
(a) the flight of an aircraft shall include any period from the moment when power is applied for the

purpose of the aircraft taking off on a flight until the moment when the landing run (if any) at the
termination of that flight ends; and

(b) "accident" (意外事故) includes any fortuitous or unexpected event by which the safety of an aircraft
or any person is threatened.

(Added 91 of 1970 s. 4)
[cf. 1968 c. 61 s. 23 U.K.]


Section: 27 Defects in and amendment of complaint, information or

summons
30/06/1997



(1) Where it appears to the adjudicating magistrate that there is-
(a) a defect in the substance or form of any complaint, information or summons; or
(b) a variance between the complaint, information or summons and the evidence adduced in support of it,

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(i) amend the complaint, information or summons if he is satisfied that no injustice would be caused by
that amendment; or

(ii) dismiss the complaint, information or summons.
(2) The adjudicating magistrate shall amend the complaint, information or summons where-

(a) the defect or variance mentioned in subsection (1) is not material; or
(b) any injustice which might otherwise be caused by an amendment would be cured by an order as to

costs, an adjournment or leave to recall and further examine witnesses or call other witnesses.
(3) Following an amendment to a complaint, information or summons, the adjudicating magistrate shall-

(a) read and explain the amended complaint, information or summons to the defendant;
(b) give leave to the parties to call or recall and further examine such witnesses as may be reasonably

required by a party having regard to the nature of the amendment;
(c) grant such adjournment as may be reasonably necessary to enable the parties to call or recall witnesses

and to prepare their cases;
(d) if he thinks fit, make an order that the complainant or informant shall pay to the defendant such costs,

not exceeding $5000, as may be occasioned by the amendment; and
(e) give judgment upon the substantial merits and facts of the case as proved before him, having regard to

the offence charged in the complaint, information or summons as amended:
Provided that, if the amendment is made after the case for the complainant or informant is closed, no further

evidence may be called by the complainant or informant other than evidence that would, apart from this section, be
admissible in rebuttal.

(4) In this section, "amend" (修訂) includes the substitution of another offence in place of that alleged in the
complaint, information or summons.

(Replaced 5 of 1987 s. 2)

Section: 28 Form of conviction and order 25 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


(1) In every case of a conviction where no particular form of such conviction is given by the enactment creating
the offence or regulating the prosecution for the same, and in every case of a conviction upon any past enactment,
whether any particular form of conviction is therein given or not, it shall be lawful for the magistrate who so convicts
to draw up his conviction in such one of the forms of conviction in the rules made under this Ordinance as may be
applicable to such case or to the like effect. (See Forms 20-26)

(2) Where an order is made, and no particular form of order is given by the enactment giving authority to make
such order, and in every case of an order to be made under the authority of any past enactment, whether any particular
form of order is therein given or not, it shall be lawful for the magistrate by whom such order is to be made to draw up
the same in such one of the forms of orders in the rules made under this Ordinance as may be applicable to such case
or to the like effect. (See Forms 27, 30-34, 38 , 39)

(3) Such convictions and orders shall not be drawn up unless for an appeal or some other legal purpose.
(Added 2 of 1955 s. 3) [cf. Summary Jurisdiction Rules 1915 r. 53 U.K.]

(Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)
[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 17 U.K.]


Section: 29 Proof of previous convictions 30/06/1997


Otherwise than in a court sitting in manner provided in section 3 of the Juvenile Offenders Ordinance (Cap 226),
where a magistrate-

(a) has convicted any person; or
(b) has made an order against any person for the payment of money or otherwise,

and it is proved to the satisfaction of the magistrate, on oath or in the prescribed manner, that not less than 7 days
previously a notice was served on such person in the prescribed form and in the manner prescribed in section 8(2)(a)
for the service of a summons specifying any alleged previous conviction of such person of a summary offence
proposed to be brought to the notice of the magistrate in the event of the conviction of such person of the offence



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charged, and such person is not present in person before the magistrate, the magistrate may take account of any such
previous conviction so specified as if such person had appeared and admitted it.

(Added 30 of 1958 s. 5)

Section: 30 (Repealed 47 of 1997 s. 10) 30/06/1997




Section: 31 Form and execution of warrant, etc. 30/06/1997


(1) Every warrant to apprehend a defendant in order that he may answer to any complaint or information shall
be under the hand and seal of the magistrate issuing the same, and may be directed either to any police officer by name
or generally to all the police officers within Hong Kong. (Amended 59 of 1994 s. 6)

(2) It shall state shortly the matter of the complaint or information on which it is founded, and shall name or
otherwise otherwise describe as far as practicable the person against whom it has been issued, and it shall order the
person to whom it is directed to apprehend the defendant and to bring him before a magistrate to answer to the
complaint or information, and to be further dealt with according to law.

(3) It shall not be necessary to make the warrant returnable at any particular time, but the same may remain in
full force until it is executed or until it is withdrawn by any magistrate. (Amended 32 of 1966 s. 2)

(4) The warrant may be executed by apprehending the defendant at any place within Hong Kong or the waters
thereof; in every case where the warrant is directed to all police officers within Hong Kong, it shall be lawful for any
police officer to execute the warrant in like manner as if it were directed specially to such police officer by name:
(Amended 59 of 1994 s. 6)

Provided that no objection shall be taken or allowed to any warrant to apprehend a defendant so issued on any
such complaint or information as aforesaid under or by virtue of this Ordinance for any alleged defect therein in
substance or in form, or for any variance between it and the evidence adduced on the part of the complainant or
informant but if any such variance appears to the magistrate at the hearing to be such that the party apprehended has
been thereby deceived or misled, it shall be lawful for the magistrate, on such terms as he may think fit, to adjourn the
hearing of the case to some future day, and in the meantime to commit the defendant to prison or some place of
security or to such other custody as the magistrate may think fit, or to admit him to bail. (See Forms 6-9) (Amended
56 of 1994 s. 11)

[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 3 U.K.]

Section: 32 Non-avoidance of summons or warrant by death of

magistrate
25 of 1998 01/07/1997



Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


Any warrant or summons issued by a magistrate under this or any other enactment shall not be avoided by
reason of the magistrate who signed the same dying or ceasing to hold office.

(Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)
[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 37 U.K.]


Section: 33 Description of offences, exceptions, exemptions, etc.

warrants, forfeiture, etc.
30/06/1997



The following provisions shall apply to proceeding before magistrates-
(a) the provisions of the Indictment Rules (Cap 221 sub. leg. C) which relate to the description of an

offence in an indictment; (Replaced 36 of 1976 s. 9)
(b) (Repealed 5 of 1971 s. 13)
(c) a warrant of commitment shall not be held void by reason of any defect therein, if it is alleged that the

offender has been convicted or ordered to do or to abstain from doing any act or thing required to be
done or left undone, and there is a good and valid conviction or order to sustain the same;

(d) a warrant of distress shall not be deemed void by reason only of any defect therein, if it is therein



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alleged that a conviction or order has been made, and there is a good and valid conviction or order to
sustain the same, and a person acting under a warrant of distress shall not be deemed a trespasser ab
initio by reason only of any defect in the warrant or of any irregularity in the execution of the warrant;
but this enactment shall not prejudice the right of any person to satisfaction for any special damage
caused by any defect in or irregularity in execution of a warrant of distress; and

(e) all goods forfeited by order of a magistrate may be sold in such manner as the magistrate may direct.
[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 39 U.K.]


Section: 34 Minute of proceedings 30/06/1997


(1) In all proceedings under this Part the magistrate at the hearing shall take or cause to be taken a full minute
in writing, or a record whether by means of shorthand notes or mechanical means or otherwise, so far as circumstances
permit, of the following matters- (See Form 19) (Amended 51 of 1995 s. 15)

(a) the nature of the complaint, if an oral complaint has been made; (Amended 49 of 1965 s. 7)
(b) the names of the complainant, informant or prosecutor, and of the defendant, and of the respective

witnesses on either side;
(c) the evidence or depositions of the witnesses;
(d) objections to the admissibility of evidence and whether the same have been allowed or disallowed; and
(e) the fines, if any, paid into court.

(2) The minute shall, immediately after the close of the case, be handed to the magistrates' clerk for safe
custody.

(3) The minute or record may be kept in either or both of the official languages. (Added 51 of 1995 s. 15)

Section: 35 Register of cases and proof thereof 30/06/1997


(1) The magistrates' clerk shall keep a register in the prescribed form of the minutes or memoranda of all the
convictions and orders of the magistrate and of such other proceedings as are directed by rules made under section 133
to be registered. (Amended 2 of 1955 s. 4)

(2) The register, and also any extract from the register certified by the clerk keeping the same to be a true
extract, shall be prima facie evidence of the matters entered therein for the purpose of informing a magistrate, but
nothing in this section shall dispense with the legal proof of a previous conviction for an offence when required to be
proved against a person charged with another offence.

(3) The entries relating to each minute, memorandum or proceeding shall contain the name of the magistrate
before whom the conviction, order or proceeding referred to therein was made or had.

(4) Every sum paid to the magistrates' clerk in accordance with this Ordinance, and the appropriation of such
sum, shall be entered and authenticated in the manner directed by rules made under section 133.

(5) (Repealed 14 of 1979 s. 2)
[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 22 U.K.]


Section: 35A Inspection etc. of minute and register L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


(1) Every minute taken under section 34(1) and every register kept under section 35(1) shall be open for
inspection without fee or reward by-

(a) a judge;
(b) the Registrar;
(c) the Secretary for Justice; (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)
(d) a judge or deputy judge of the District Court;
(e) the registrar of the District Court;
(f) a magistrate;
(g) any party to the proceedings to which the minute relates or to any proceedings which may be recorded

in the register, or his legal representative;
(h) any person, or his legal representative, who satisfies the Registrar or the magistrates' clerk that such

inspection is reasonably required in connection with actual or potential civil or criminal proceedings
by or against that person;

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for that inspection.
(2) Any person aggrieved by the decision of a magistrates' clerk to refuse permission to inspect may appeal to a

magistrate whose decision shall be final.
(3) A decision by the Registrar to refuse permission to inspect shall be final.
(4) The right to inspect under subsection (1) shall include the right to a copy of the minute or register subject,

in the case of applicants under subsection (1)(g), (h) and (i), to the payment of the prescribed fee.
(5) Disclosure of the contents of a minute or register under subsection (1) shall not amount to a breach of the

Rehabilitation of Offenders Ordinance (Cap 297).
(Replaced 13 of 1995 s. 42)


Section: 36 Power to permit conditional release of offenders 30/06/1997


Special provisions


(1) Where any person is charged before a magistrate with an offence punishable on summary conviction, and
the magistrate thinks that the charge is proved but is of opinion that, having regard to the character, antecedents, age,
health or mental condition of the person charged or to the trivial nature of the offence or to the extenuating
circumstances under which the offence was committed, it is inexpedient to inflict any punishment or any other than a
nominal punishment, the magistrate, after conviction, may make an order either-

(a) discharging the offender absolutely; or
(b) discharging the offender conditionally on his entering into a recognizance, with or without sureties, in

a sum not greater than $2000, to be of good behaviour and to appear for sentence when called on at
any time during such period, not exceeding 3 years, as may be specified in the order. (See Forms 10,
11, 11A) (Replaced 16 of 1960 s. 3. Amended 51 of 1981 s. 4; 55 of 1986 s. 7)

(2) The magistrate may, where he makes an order under this section, further order that the offender shall pay
such costs of the proceedings (not exceeding $2000 or, if a higher limit is fixed by any enactment relating to the
offence, that higher limit) as he thinks reasonable. (See Forms 26, 33, 34) (Amended 48 of 1972 s. 4; 51 of 1981 s. 4)

(3) An order made by a magistrate under this section shall, for the purpose of revesting or restoring stolen
property and of enabling the magistrate to make orders as to the restitution or delivery of property to the owner and as
to the payment of money upon or in connection with such restriction or delivery, have the like effect as a conviction.

(4) The magistrate may order the defendant in default of compliance with any order made under subsection (2)
to be imprisoned for 6 months. (Amended 48 of 1949 s. 6; 30 of 1958 Schedule)

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 11)
[cf. 1907 c. 17 s. 1 U.K.]


Section: 37 Reduction of imprisonment on part payment of fine 30/06/1997


(1) Subject to the provisions of subsections (2) and (3), where a term of imprisonment is imposed by a
magistrate in respect of the non-payment of any sum of money adjudged to be paid by a conviction or order, that term
shall, on payment of a part of such sum to any person authorized by a magistrate to receive it, be reduced by a number
of days bearing as nearly as possible the same proportion to the total number of days in the term as the sum paid bears
to the sum adjudged to be paid.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), in reckoning the number of days by which any term of
imprisonment would be reduced under this section, the first day of imprisonment shall not be taken into account, and
in reckoning the sum which will secure the reduction of a term of imprisonment, fractions of a cent shall be omitted.
(Replaced 30 of 1958 s. 6)

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), where any person who has been sentenced to
imprisonment in default of payment of a sum of money adjudged to be paid by a conviction or order earns under the
Prison Rules (Cap 234 sub. leg. A) any remission of the sentence, the term of his imprisonment shall for the purposes
of subsection (1) be deemed, at any given time, to have been reduced by such period of remission as may at the time
stand to his credit.

[cf. 1914 c. 58 s. 3(1) U.K.]




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Section: 38 Application of money found on defaulter to satisfy sum
adjudged

30/06/1997



(1) Where a defendant is fined and the same is not forthwith paid, the magistrate may order the defendant to be
searched.

(2) Any money found on the arrest of a person adjudged to pay a fine, or on a search as aforesaid, or on his
being taken to prison or other place of detention in default of payment of such a fine may, unless the magistrate
otherwise directs, be applied towards payment of the fine; and the balance, if any, shall be returned to him.

(3) The magistrate shall not allow the application as aforesaid of any money found on a person if he is satisfied
that the money does not belong to him or that the loss of the money would be more injurious to his family than would
be his detention.

(Replaced 41 of 1956 s. 2)
[cf. 1952 c. 55 s. 68 U.K.]


Section: 39 Recognizance may be dispensed with 30/06/1997


Where in the case either of imprisonment or a fine there is prescribed a requirement for the offender to enter into
his recognizance and to find sureties for keeping the peace and observing some other condition, or to do any of such
things, the magistrate may dispense with any requirement or any part thereof.

Section: 40 Summary order 30/06/1997


(1) Where a power is given by any future enactment to a magistrate of requiring any person to do or to abstain
from doing any act or thing, other than the payment of money, or of requiring any act or thing to be done or left
undone, other than the payment of money, and no mode is prescribed of enforcing such requisition, a magistrate may
exercise such power by an order and may annex thereto any conditions as to time or mode of action which he may
think just, and may suspend or rescind any such order on such undertaking being given or condition being performed
as he may think just, and generally may make such arrangements for carrying into effect such power as to him may
seem meet.

(2) A person making default in complying with any such order shall be punished in the prescribed manner, or,
if no punishment is prescribed, may be ordered to pay a sum of $25 for every day during which he is in default, or to
be imprisoned until he has remedied his default: (See Form 68)

Provided that a person shall not, for non-compliance with the requisition of a magistrate, whether made by one
or more orders, to do or to abstain from doing any act or thing, be liable under this section to imprisonment for any
term or terms amounting in the aggregate to more than 3 months or to payment of any sums exceeding in the
aggregate $1000. (Amended 24 of 1949 s. 13; 30 of 1958 Schedule)

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 34 U.K.]

Section: 41 Provision as to mode of payment of sum adjudged to be

paid
30/06/1997



(1) The magistrate by whose conviction or order any sum is adjudged to be paid may do all or any of the
following things- (See Form 42)

(a) allow time for the payment of the sum;
(b) direct payment to be made of the sum by instalments; and
(c) direct that the person liable to pay the sum shall be at liberty to give, to the satisfaction of a magistrate

or such person as may be specified by the magistrate adjudging the money to be paid, security, with or
without a surety or sureties, for the payment of the sum or of any instalment thereof, and such security
may be given and enforced in manner provided by this Ordinance.

(2) Where a sum is directed to be paid by instalments and default is made in the payment of any one instalment,
the same proceedings may be taken as if default had been made in payment of all the instalments then remaining
unpaid.

(3) A magistrate directing the payment of a sum or of an instalment of a sum may direct such payment to be
made at such time and in such place and to such person as may be specified by the magistrate, and every person, not



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being the magistrates' clerk, to whom any such sum or instalment is paid shall as soon as may be account for and pay
over the same to such clerk. (See Forms 21-23, 25-27, 30-34, 38)

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 7 U.K.]

Section: 42 Return by magistrate's order of property taken from

defendant
30/06/1997



Where any property has been taken from a person charged before magistrate with an offence punishable either
on indictment or on summary conviction, a report shall be made by the police on the charge sheet to the magistrate of
the fact of such property having been taken from the accused or defendant and of the particulars thereof, and the
magistrate may, if he is of opinion that the property or any portion thereof can be returned consistently with the
interests of justice and with the safe custody of the accused or defendant, direct such property or any portion thereof to
be returned to the accused or defendant or such other person as he may direct.

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 44 U.K.]

Section: 43 (Repealed 5 of 1971 s. 13) 30/06/1997




Section: 44 Rule as to cumulative sentences for assault 30/06/1997


A special magistrate shall not, by cumulative sentences of imprisonment (other than for default of finding
sureties) to take effect in succession in respect of several assaults committed on the same occasion, impose on any
person imprisonment for the whole exceeding 6 months; but nothing in this section shall be deemed to affect the
provisions contained in section 94.

(Amended 24 of 1949 s. 14 )
[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 18 U.K.]


Section: 45 (Repealed 21 of 1970 Second Schedule) 30/06/1997




Section: 46 (Repealed 21 of 1970 Second Schedule) 30/06/1997




Section: 47 Order for delivery of goods stolen or fraudulently obtained
and in possession of dealer in second-hand property

30/06/1997



(1) If any goods are stolen or unlawfully obtained from any person, or, having been lawfully obtained, are
unlawfully deposited, pledged, sold or exchanged, and complaint is made thereof to a magistrate, and that such goods
are in the possession of any broker, dealer in marine stores or other dealer in second-hand property, or of any person
who has lent money upon the credit of such goods, it shall be lawful for the magistrate to issue a summons or warrant
for the appearance of such broker, dealer or lender and for the production of such goods to be delivered up to the
owner thereof, either without payment or on payment of such sum and at such time as the magistrate may think fit.

(2) Every broker, dealer or lender who, having been so ordered, refuses or neglects to deliver up the goods, or
who disposes of or makes away with the same after notice that such goods were stolen or unlawfully obtained as
aforesaid, shall forfeit to the owner of the goods the full value thereof:

Provided that no such order shall bar any such broker, dealer or lender from recovering possession of such goods
by action from the person into whose possession they may come by virtue of the magistrate's order, provided that such
action is commenced within 6 months next after such order has been made.

(3) Nothing in this section shall affect pawnbrokers.

Section: 48 Restoration of property unlawfully pledged, etc. 30/06/1997


(1) It shall be lawful for a magistrate to order that any goods brought before him which have been unlawfully
pledged or exchanged, and the ownership of which is established to his satisfaction, shall be delivered up to the owner



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by the person with whom they were so unlawfully pledged or exchanged, either without compensation or with such
compensation to that person as he may think fit.

(2) Nothing in this section shall affect pawnbrokers.

Section: 49 (Repealed 70 of 1967 s. 7) 30/06/1997




Section: 50 Penalty on common informer for compounding without
permission of magistrate

30/06/1997



In case any person lays any information before a magistrate for any offence alleged to have been committed, by
which he was not personally aggrieved, and afterwards directly or indirectly receives, without the permission of a
magistrate, any sum of money or reward for compounding, delaying or withdrawing the information, it shall be lawful
for a magistrate to issue his warrant or summons, as he may deem best, for bringing before him the person charged
with such compounding, delay or withdrawal; and if such offence is proved by the confession of the said informer or
by the oath of any credible witness, he shall be liable to a penalty of $500.

(Amended 24 of 1949 s. 17)

Section: 51 Warrant of distress 30/06/1997


Distress and committal warrants


Where a conviction adjudges a fine to be paid or where an order requires the payment of a sum of money and by
the enactment authorizing such conviction or order such fine or sum of money is to be levied on the goods and chattels
of the defendant by distress and sale thereof, and also in cases where by the enactment in that behalf no mode of
raising or levying such fine or sum of money or of enforcing the payment of the same is stated or provided, it shall be
lawful for a magistrate to issue his warrant of distress for the purpose of levying the same, which shall be in writing
under his hand and seal: (See Forms 21, 30, 48, 49)

Provided that whenever it appears to the magistrate to whom application is made for any such warrant that the
issuing thereof would be ruinous to the defendant and his family, or whenever it appears to the magistrate, by the
confession of the defendant or otherwise, that he has no goods or chattels whereon to levy the distress, or whenever in
the opinion of the magistrate it is inexpedient to issue such warrant, then and in every such case it shall be lawful for
the magistrate, instead of issuing the warrant of distress, to commit the defendant to prison for such time and in such
manner as by law the defendant might be so committed in case such warrant had issued and no goods or chattels could
be found whereon to levy such fine or sum and costs aforesaid. (See Form 69)

(Amended 30 of 1958 Schedule)
[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 19 U.K.]


Section: 52 Allowing defendant to go at large until return made to

warrant, etc.
30/06/1997



Where a magistrate issues any such warrant of distress it shall be lawful for him to suffer the defendant to go at
large, or, by a written warrant in that behalf or verbally, to order the defendant to be kept and detained in safe custody
until return is made to the warrant, unless the defendant gives sufficient security, by recognizance or otherwise, to the
satisfaction of the magistrate, for his appearance before a magistrate at the time and place appointed for the return of
the warrant: (See Forms 64, 65)

Provided that in any case where a defendant gives security by recognizance as aforesaid, and does not afterwards
appear at the time and place mentioned therein, the magistrate then present may forthwith declare the same to be
forfeited in manner hereinafter provided. (Amended 56 of 1994 s. 11)

[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 20 U.K.]

Section: 53 Commitment in default of sufficient distress 30/06/1997


If at the time and place appointed for the return of any such warrant of distress the police officer or other officer



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who has had the execution of the same returns that he could find no goods or chattels or no sufficient goods or chattels
whereon he could levy the sum or sums therein mentioned, together with the costs of or occasioned by the levying of
the same, it shall be lawful for the magistrate before whom the same is returned to issue his warrant of commitment
under his hand and seal, directed to the same or any other police officer or other officer, reciting the conviction or
order shortly, the issuing of the warrant of distress, and the return thereto, and requiring such police officer or other
officer to convey the defendant to prison, and there to deliver him to the Commissioner of Correctional Services, and
requiring the said Commissioner to receive the defendant and to imprison him in such manner and for such time as the
enactment on which the conviction or order mentioned in the warrant of distress is founded directs, unless the sum or
sums adjudged to be paid, and all costs and charges of the distress (the amount thereof being ascertained and stated in
the commitment) shall be sooner paid. (See Forms 57, 63)

[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 21 U.K.]

Section: 54 Commitment of defendant where no remedy or

punishment in default of sufficient distress
30/06/1997



Whenever it is returned to a warrant of distress issued for the recovery of a fine or sum of money ordered to be
paid under a conviction or order that no sufficient goods of the party against whom such warrant has been issued can
be found, and by the enactment under the provisions of which such conviction or order was made no further remedy or
punishment is provided for the non-payment of such fine or sum of money, it shall nevertheless be lawful for a
magistrate, if he thinks fit, by his warrant as aforesaid, to commit the defendant to prison for such period as may be in
accordance with the scale provided by section 68, unless the fine or sum adjudged to be paid, and all costs and charges
of the distress (the amount thereof being ascertained and stated in the commitment), shall be sooner paid. (See Form
63)

(Amended 30 of 1958 Schedule)
[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 22 U.K.]


Section: 55 Commitment of defendant in first instance 30/06/1997


(1) Where the enactment by virtue of which a conviction for a fine or an order for the payment of money is
made makes no provision for such fine or sum being levied by distress, but directs that, if the same be not paid
forthwith or within a certain time therein mentioned or to be mentioned in the conviction or order, the defendant shall
be imprisoned for a certain time unless such fine or sum shall be sooner paid, in every such case such fine or sum shall
not be levied by distress; but if the defendant does not pay the same, together with costs, if awarded, forthwith, or at
the time specified in the conviction or order for the payment of the same, it shall be lawful for a magistrate to issue his
warrant of commitment under his hand and seal, requiring the police officer to whom the same is directed to take and
convey the defendant to prison and there to deliver him to the Commissioner of Correctional Services, and requiring
the said Commissioner to receive the defendant and to imprison him for such time as the enactment on which the
conviction or order is founded as aforesaid directs, unless the fine or sum adjudged to be paid shall be sooner paid.
(See Forms 27, 59, 61) (Amended 30 of 1958 Schedule)

(2) A warrant issued under subsection (1) may remain in full force until it is executed or until it is withdrawn
by any magistrate. (Added 32 of 1966 s. 3)

[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 23 U.K.]

Section: 56 Commitment for disobedience of order to do some act, etc.,

not being payment of money
25 of 1998 01/07/1997



Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


(1) Where a conviction does not order the payment of any fine but that the defendant be imprisoned, or where
an order is not for the payment of money but for the doing of some other act, and directs that, in case of the
defendant's refusal or neglect to do such act, he shall be imprisoned, and the defendant refuses or neglects to do such
act, in every such case it shall be lawful for a magistrate to issue his warrant of commitment under his hand and seal,
requiring the police officer to whom the same is directed to take and convey the defendant to prison and there to
deliver him to the Commissioner of Correctional Services, and requiring the said Commissioner to receive the



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defendant and to imprison him for such time as the enactment on which the conviction or order is founded as aforesaid
directs. (See Forms 66, 68) (Amended 30 of 1958 Schedule; 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(2) In any such case, where by the conviction or order any sum for costs is adjudged to be paid by the
defendant to the complainant or informant, such sum may, if the magistrate thinks fit, be levied by warrant of distress
in manner aforesaid, and, in default of distress, the defendant may be also committed to prison there to be kept for one
month to commence at the termination of the imprisonment which he is then undergoing, unless such sum for costs
and all costs and charges of the distress shall be sooner paid. (See Forms 50, 51, 69) (Amended 30 of 1958 Schedule)

[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 24 U.K.]

Section: 57 Consecutive or partly consecutive sentences of

imprisonment
30/06/1997



Where a term of imprisonment is imposed by a magistrate, either in the first instance or in respect of the non-
payment of any sum of money adjudged to be paid by a conviction or order, the magistrate may order that the said
term shall commence at any time during or at the expiration, in whatever manner, of any other term of imprisonment
which has previously been imposed by any court:

Provided that where 2 or more terms of imprisonment imposed by a magistrate are ordered to run consecutively
in whole or in part the aggregate of the said terms of imprisonment shall not, in the case of a special magistrate,
exceed 12 months and in the case of a permanent magistrate exceed 3 years. Nothing in the foregoing proviso shall be
deemed to affect the provisions of section 44.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 18. Amended 48 of 1949 s. 7; 13 of 1995 s. 44)

Section: 58 On payment of fine and expenses distress not to be levied,

or party, if imprisoned, to be discharged
30/06/1997



Where any person against whom a warrant of distress issues as aforesaid pays or tenders to the police officer or
other officer having the execution of the same the sum mentioned in the warrant, together with the amount of the
expenses of the distress up to the time of such payment or tender, such police officer or other officer shall cease to
execute the same; and where any person is imprisoned as aforesaid for non-payment of any fine or other sum he may
pay or cause to be paid to the Commissioner of Correctional Services the sum mentioned in the warrant of
commitment, together with the amount of the costs therein mentioned, and the said Commissioner shall receive the
same, and shall thereupon discharge such person if he is in his custody for no other matter.

[cf. 1848 c. 43 s. 28 U.K.]

Section: 59 Provisions as to warrants of distress 30/06/1997


The following provisions shall apply with respect to warrants of distress issued by a magistrate under this
Ordinance-

(a) a warrant of distress shall be executed by or under the direction of a police officer or other officer;
(b) save in so far as the person against whom the distress is levied otherwise consents the distress shall be

sold by public auction, and 5 clear days at the least shall intervene between the making of the distress
and the sale, unless the goods distrained are perishable, and when consent is so given as aforesaid the
sale may be made in accordance with such consent;

(c) subject as aforesaid the distress shall be sold within the period fixed by the warrant, and, if no period is
so fixed, then within the period of 14 days from the date of the making of the distress, unless the sum
for which the warrant was issued, and also the charges of taking and keeping the distress, are sooner
paid;

(d) subject to any directions to be contrary given by the warrant of distress, when the distress is levied on
household goods, the goods shall not, except with the consent in writing of the person against whom
the distress is levied, be removed from the house until the day of sale, but so much of the goods shall
be impounded as are, in the opinion of the person executing the warrant, sufficient to satisfy the
distress, by affixing to the articles impounded a conspicuous mark; and every person removing any
goods so marked or defacing or removing the said mark shall upon summary conviction be liable to a
fine of $100; (Amended 22 of 1950 Schedule)

(e) where a person charged with the execution of a warrant of distress wilfully retains from the produce of



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any goods sold to satisfy the distress or otherwise exacts any greater costs and charges than those to
which he is for the time being entitled by law or makes any improper charge, he shall upon summary
conviction be liable to a fine of $100; (Amended 22 of 1950 Schedule)

(f) a written account of the costs and charges incurred in respect of the execution of any warrant of
distress shall be sent by the officer charged with the execution of the warrant as soon as practicable to
the magistrates' clerk; and it shall be lawful for the person on whose goods the distress was levied,
within 1 month after the levy of the distress, to inspect such account without fee or reward, at any
reasonable time to be appointed by a magistrate, and to take a copy of such account; (See Form 58)

(g) an officer charged with the execution of a warrant of distress shall cause the distress to be sold, and
may deduct out of the amount realized by the sale all costs and charges actually incurred in effecting
the sale, and shall render to the owner the surplus, if any, after retaining the amount for which the
warrant was issued and the proper costs and charges of the execution of the warrant;

(h) where a person pays or tenders to the officer charged with the execution of a warrant of distress the
sum mentioned in the warrant or produces the receipt for the same of the magistrates' clerk, and also
pays the amount of the costs and charges of the distress up to the time of such payment or tender, the
officer shall not execute the warrant; and

(i) where a claim is made to or in respect of property taken in execution under this section by any person
other than the party against whom such execution issued, such claim shall be heard and determined by
the magistrate upon a summons calling before him as well such claimant as the party on whose behalf
such execution issued, and the decision of the magistrate upon such claim shall be final.

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 43 U.K.]

Section: 60 Special provisions as to warrant of commitment for non-

payment of money and as to warrant of distress
30/06/1997



(1) A magistrate to whom application is made either to issue a warrant of distress for any sum adjudged to be
paid by a conviction or order, or to issue a warrant for committing a person to prison for non-payment of a sum of
money adjudged to be paid by a conviction or, in the case of a sum not a civil debt, by an order, or for default of
sufficient distress to satisfy any such sum, may, if he deems it expedient to do so, postpone the issue of such warrant
until such time and on such conditions, if any, as to him may seem just.

(2) The wearing apparel and bedding of a person and his family and, to the value of $1000, the tools and
implements of his trade shall not be taken under a distress issued by a magistrate. (Amended 24 of 1949 s. 19; 51 of
1981 s. 5)

(3) Where, on application made to a magistrate to issue a warrant for committing a person to prison for non-
payment of a sum adjudged to be paid by a conviction or, in the case of a sum not a civil debt, by an order, or for
default of sufficient distress to satisfy any such sum, it appears to the magistrate to whom the application is made that,
either by payment of part of the said sum, whether in the shape of instalments or otherwise, or by the net proceeds of
the distress, the amount of the sum so adjudged has been reduced to such an extent that the unsatisfied balance, if it
had constituted the original amount adjudged to be paid by the conviction or order, would have subjected the
defendant to a maximum term of imprisonment less than the term of imprisonment to which he is liable under such
conviction or order, the magistrate shall, by his warrant of commitment revoke the term of imprisonment, and order
the defendant to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding such less maximum term instead of the term originally
mentioned in the conviction or order. (See Form 71)

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 21 U.K.]

Section: 61 Exercise on complaint of power to bind over to keep the

peace
30/06/1997



Recognizances, etc.


(1) The power of a magistrate, on complaint of any person, to adjudge a person to enter into a recognizance and
find sureties to keep the peace or to be of good behaviour towards such first-mentioned person shall be exercised by
an order upon complaint, and the provisions of this Ordinance shall apply accordingly, and the complainant and
defendant and witnesses may be called and examined and cross-examined, and the complainant and defendant shall be
subject to costs, as in the case of any other complaint. (See Forms 34-36)



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(2) The magistrate may order the defendant, in default of compliance with such last-mentioned order, to be
imprisoned for 6 months. (Amended 30 of 1958 Schedule)

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 25 U.K.]

Section: 62 Power to reduce or vary security 30/06/1997


Where, other than in criminal proceedings, a person has been committed to prison by a magistrate for default in
finding sureties, a magistrate may, on application made to him in manner directed by rules made under section 133 by
such person or by some one acting on his behalf, inquire into the case of the person so committed, and if, on new
evidence produced to the magistrate or proof of a change of circumstances, the magistrate thinks, having regard to all
the circumstances of the case, that it is just to do so, he may reduce the amount for which it is proposed the sureties or
surety should be bound, or dispense with the sureties or surety, or otherwise deal with the case as he may think just.
(See Forms 40, 41)

(Amended 56 of 1994 s. 11)
[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 26 U.K.]


Section: 63 Recognizance taken out of court 30/06/1997


When a magistrate has fixed, as respects any recognizance, the amount in which the principal and the sureties, if
any, are to be bound, the recognizance, notwithstanding anything in this or any past enactment, need not be entered
into before such magistrate, but may, subject to rules made under section 133, be entered into by the parties before
another magistrate or before the magistrates' clerk or before a superintendent or inspector of police or, where any of
the parties is in prison, before the Commissioner of Correctional Services; and thereupon all the consequences of law
shall ensue and the provisions of this Ordinance with respect to recognizances taken before a magistrate shall apply as
if the recognizance had been entered into before a magistrate as heretofore by law required. (See Forms 6-9)

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 42 U.K.]

Section: 64 Mode of giving security and enforcement thereof 30/06/1997


(1) A person shall give security under this Part, whether as principal or surety, either by the deposit of money
with the magistrates' clerk or by an oral or written acknowledgement of the undertaking or condition by which and of
the sum for which he is bound, and evidence of such security may be provided by the entry thereof in the register of
the proceedings of the magistrates. (See Forms 6-9, 42)

(2) Any sum which may become due in pursuance of a security under this Part from a surety shall be
recoverable summarily in manner directed by this Ordinance with respect to a civil debt on complaint by a police
officer or by the magistrates' clerk or by some other person authorized for the purpose by a magistrate.

(3) A magistrate may enforce payment of any sum due by a principal in pursuance of a security under this Part
which appears to him to be forfeited, in like manner as if that sum were adjudged to be paid as a fine, if the security
was given for a sum adjudged by a conviction, and in any other case in like manner as if it were a sum adjudged to be
paid as a civil debt: (See Forms 12, 13, 56)

Provided that, before a warrant of distress for the sum is issued, notice of the forfeiture shall be served on the
said principal in manner prescribed by rules made under section 133.

(4) Any sum paid by a surety on behalf of his principal in respect of a security under this Part, together with all
costs, charges and expenses incurred by such surety in respect of that security, shall be deemed a civil debt due to him
from the principal, and may be recovered before a magistrate in manner directed by this Ordinance with respect to the
recovery of a civil debt which is recoverable summarily.

(5) Where security is given under this Part for payment of a sum of money, the payment of such sum shall be
enforced by means of such security in substitution for other means of enforcing such payment.

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 23 U.K.]

Section: 65 Enforcing recognizance for appearance 30/06/1997


(1) Where a recognizance is conditioned for the appearance of a person before a magistrate or for his doing
some other matter or thing to be done before or by order of a magistrate or in a proceeding before a magistrate, such



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magistrate, if the recognizance appears to him to be forfeited, may declare the recognizance to be forfeited and enforce
payment of the sum due under it in the same manner as if the sum were a fine adjudged by a magistrate to be paid and
the amount of the same were ascertained by a conviction: (See Forms 6-9, 38, 43, 54)

Provided that, at any time before the sale of goods under a warrant of distress for the said sum, a magistrate may
cancel or mitigate the forfeiture on the person liable applying and giving security, to the satisfaction of the magistrate,
for the future performance of the condition of the recognizance, and paying or giving security for payment of the costs
incurred in respect of the forfeiture, or on such other conditions as the magistrate may think just. (See Form 39)

(2) Where a recognizance conditioned to keep the peace, or to be of good behaviour, or not to do or commit
some act or thing has been entered into by any person as principal or surety before a magistrate, any magistrate, on
proof of the conviction of the person bound as principal by the recognizance of any offence which is in law a breach
of the condition of the same, may by conviction adjudge the recognizance to be forfeited, and adjudge the persons
bound thereby, whether as principal or sureties, or any of such persons, to pay the sums for which they are
respectively bound. (See Forms 35-38)

(3) All sums paid in respect of a recognizance declared or adjudged by a magistrate in pursuance of this section
to be forfeited shall be paid to the magistrates' clerk, and shall be paid and applied by him in such manner as the
Director of Accounting Services may direct. (See Form 55) (Amended L.N. 16 of 1977)

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 9 U.K.]

Section: 66 (Repealed 35 of 1969 Schedule) 30/06/1997


Civil debts




Section: 67 Enforcing civil debt 30/06/1997


(1) Any sum of money recoverable summarily as a civil debt within the meaning of this or any other
Ordinance, or in respect of the recovery of which jurisdiction is given by such Ordinance to a magistrate, shall be
deemed to be a sum for payment of which a magistrate has authority by law to make an order on complaint under this
Ordinance: (See Forms 71A-77)

Provided as follows-
(a) a warrant shall not be issued for apprehending any person for failing to appear to answer any such

complaint; and
(b) an order made by a magistrate for the payment of any such civil debt as aforesaid or of any instalment

thereof or for the payment of the costs in the matter of any such complaint, whether ordered to be paid
by the complainant or the defendant, shall not, in default of distress or otherwise, be enforced by
imprisonment, unless it is proved, to the satisfaction of a magistrate, that the person making the default
in payment of such civil debt, instalment or costs either has, or has had since the date of the order, the
means to pay the sum in respect of which he has made default and has refused or neglected or refuses
or neglects to pay the same, and in any such case the magistrate shall have power to imprison the
defendant for 3 weeks, unless the same shall be sooner paid.

(2) Proof of the means of the person making default may be given in such manner as the magistrate to whom
application is made for commitment to prison may think just.

(3) The payment of any costs ordered to be paid by the complainant or the defendant in proceedings for the
recovery of a civil debt shall, subject to paragraph (b) of the proviso to subsection (1), be enforced in like manner as
such civil debt. (Added 35 of 1969 Schedule)

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 35 U.K.]

Section: 68 Scale of imprisonment for non-payment of money, etc. 25 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


Scale of imprisonment for non-payment of money, etc.




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(1) Unless in any enactment it is otherwise provided, the period of imprisonment, which may be imposed by a
magistrate exercising summary jurisdiction, in respect of the non-payment of any sum of money adjudged to be paid
by a conviction, whether it be a fine or in respect of the property the subject of the offence, or in respect of the injury
done by the offender, or in respect of the default of a sufficient distress to satisfy any such sum, shall be such period
as, in the opinion of the magistrate, will satisfy the justice of the case, but shall not exceed in any case the maximum
fixed by the following scale- (Amended 30 of 1958 Schedule)



Where the amount-

the period of
imprisonment is
not to exceed-

does not exceed $2000 7 days
exceeds $2000 but does not exceed $5000 14 days
exceeds $5000 but does not exceed $10000 1 month
exceeds $10000 but does not exceed $25000 3 months
exceeds $25000 but does not exceed $50000 6 months
exceeds $50000 12 months

(Amended 13 of 1995 s. 57)
(2) Where the fine or other sum adjudged to be paid is imposed by a sentence in addition to a term of

imprisonment, the imprisonment imposed under this section or any other enactment shall commence from the
expiration of the term of imprisonment imposed by the sentence.

(3) The Chief Executive in Council may by order published in the Gazette amend the monetary amounts in the
scale in subsection (1). (Added 13 of 1995 s. 57. Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 5 U.K.]

Section: 69 (Repealed 39 of 1996 s. 24) 30/06/1997




Section: 70 (Repealed 39 of 1996 s. 24) 30/06/1997




Section: 71 (Repealed 13 of 1995 s. 58) 30/06/1997




Part: III INDICTABLE OFFENCES 30/06/1997




Section: 71A Interpretation 25 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires-
"committal" (交付審判、交付) means committal for trial or sentence in the Court of First Instance; (Amended 25

of 1998 s. 2)
"committal proceedings" (交付審判程序) means proceedings under this Part for the committal of an accused;
"juvenile" (少年) means a person who is, in the opinion of the magistrate presiding at the committal proceedings,

under the age of 16 years;
"preliminary inquiry" (初級偵訊) means proceedings pursuant to an election by the accused under section 80C(1) to

have a charge against him heard at a preliminary inquiry;
"return day" (提訊日) means a day appointed as such under section 80A(1) or (2) or a day to which proceedings are

adjourned under section 80B(6).
(Added 48 of 1983 s. 3)





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Section: 72 Procedure on information being laid 30/06/1997


(1) In every case where a complaint is made to or an information laid before a magistrate alleging the
commission of any indictable offence then, if the accused is not then in custody, it shall be lawful for the magistrate to
issue his warrant to apprehend the accused and to cause him to be brought before a magistrate to answer to the
complaint or information and to be further dealt with according to law; but in any case it shall be lawful for the
magistrate to whom the complaint is made or before whom the information is laid, if he so thinks fit, instead of issuing
his warrant in the first instance to apprehend the accused, to issue his summons directed to the accused requiring him
to appear before a magistrate at a time and place to be therein mentioned; and if, after being served with the summons
in manner hereinafter mentioned, he fails to appear at such time and place in obedience to such summons, then and in
every such case any magistrate may issue his warrant to apprehend the accused and to cause him to be brought before
a magistrate to answer to the complaint or information and to be further dealt with according to law: (See Forms 1, 2,
4) (Amended 49 of 1965 s. 9; 50 of 1991 s. 4)

Provided that a warrant shall not be issued in the first instance unless the complaint or information is supported
by evidence on oath. (Added 49 of 1965 s. 9)

(2) Nothing in this section shall prevent a magistrate from issuing the warrant hereinbefore first mentioned at
any time before or after the time mentioned in the summons for the appearance of the accused.

[cf. 1848 c. 42 s. 1 U.K.]

Section: 73 Warrant to apprehend for offence committed on high seas,

etc.
L.N. 362 of 1997;
25 of 1998

01/07/1997



Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


In every case of an offence committed on the high seas, or outside Hong Kong, or in any creek, harbour, haven
or other place within the jurisdiction of the courts of Hong Kong for which an indictment may be preferred by the
Secretary for Justice, it shall be lawful for any magistrate, if the accused resides or is supposed to reside or be within
Hong Kong or the waters thereof, to issue his warrant to apprehend the accused and to cause him to be brought before
a magistrate to answer to the charge and to be further dealt with according to law.

(Amended 50 of 1991 s. 4; 59 of 1994 s. 6; L.N. 362 of 1997; 25 of 1998 s. 2)
[cf. 1848 c. 42 s. 2 U.K.; 1952 c. 55 s. 1(4) U.K.]


Section: 74 Warrant to apprehend where indictment is filed by

Secretary for Justice pursuant to direction or with consent
of a judge

L.N. 362 of 1997;
25 of 1998

01/07/1997



Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


(1) Where the Secretary for Justice files an indictment against any person pursuant to the direction or with the
consent of a judge under section 24A of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance (Cap 221), the Registrar, on application by
or on behalf of the Secretary for Justice, shall issue a certificate certifying that the indictment has been filed against
that person. (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

(2) Where a certificate issued under subsection (1) is produced to a magistrate, he shall, if the person named in
the indictment-

(a) is at large, issue a warrant to arrest that person; or (See Form 4)
(b) is in custody, issue a warrant directed to the Commissioner of Correctional Services requiring that

person to be brought before magistrate.
(3) Where the person named in a warrant issued under subsection (2) is brought before a magistrate, or a person

is otherwise brought before magistrate, and the magistrate is satisfied by evidence on oath that such person is the
person named in the indictment referred to in a certificate issued under subsection (1), he shall without further inquiry
or examination order that that person shall stand committed for trial before the Court of First Instance on the charge in
the indictment and shall either remand such person in custody or admit him to bail.

(Replaced 36 of 1976 s. 12. Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)



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Section: 75 Complaint or information to be in writing and defects

therein
30/06/1997



(1) Every complaint or information alleging the commission of an indictable offence shall be in writing and
shall contain or consist of a statement of the offence alleged to have been committed, together with such particulars as
may be necessary for giving reasonable information as to the nature of the offence.

(2) No objection shall be allowed to any complaint or information for any defect in it in substance or in form or
for any variance between it and the evidence adduced on behalf of the prosecution at the committal proceedings.
(Amended 48 of 1983 s. 3)

(Replaced 49 of 1965 s. 10)

Section: 76 Service of summonses 30/06/1997


The provisions with reference to summonses contained in Part II in relation to offences punishable on summary
conviction shall apply equally, mutatis mutandis, to summonses under this Part.

[cf. 1848 c. 42 s. 9 U.K.]

Section: 77 Forms, etc., of warrants 30/06/1997


The provisions with reference to the form of warrants, the directions to be contained therein and the execution
thereof contained in Part II in relation to offences punishable on summary conviction shall apply equally, mutatis
mutandis, to warrants under this Part.

Section: 78 Summons or warrant for witness, etc. 30/06/1997


(1) If it is made to appear to a magistrate, by any credible witness, that any person is likely to give material
evidence on the part of the prosecution the magistrate may enforce the attendance of such person in the manner
provided in Part II for enforcing the attendance of a witness under the summary jurisdiction of such magistrate. (See
Form 16) (Amended 58 of 1967 s. 2)

(2) If, on the appearance of such person so summoned, he refuses to be examined upon oath concerning the
matter of the charge, or refuses to take such oath or having taken such oath refuses to answer such questions
concerning the premises as may then be put to him, the magistrate may, by warrant under his hand and seal, commit
such person to prison there to remain and be imprisoned for 2 months, unless he shall in the meantime consent to be
examined and to answer concerning the premises. (See Form 17) (Amended 49 of 1965 s. 11)

[cf. 1848 c. 42 s. 16 U.K.]

Section: 79 Power to remand accused 30/06/1997


(1) If, in the course of committal proceedings, it becomes necessary or desirable in the opinion of the
magistrate-

(a) to defer any stage of those proceedings; or
(b) in the event of a preliminary inquiry, to defer the examination or further examination of the witnesses

for any time,
the magistrate before whom the accused appears or is brought may from time to time by his warrant remand the
accused to a prison or, some place of security, for such time as the magistrate may think reasonable, not exceeding 8
clear days, unless the accused and the prosecutor consent to a longer remand; or, if the remand is for a time not
exceeding 3 clear days, it shall be lawful for the magistrate verbally to order the police officer or other person in
whose custody the accused may then be, or any other police officer or person to be named by the magistrate in that
behalf to continue and keep the accused in his custody and to bring him before the same magistrate at the time
appointed for continuing the committal proceedings: (See Forms 18, 84) (Amended 24 of 1949 s. 23; 49 of 1965 s.
12)

Provided that-
(a) the magistrate may order the accused to be brought before himself or another magistrate at any time



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before the expiration of the time for which the accused is so remanded, and the gaoler or officer in
whose custody he then is shall duly obey such order; and

(b) instead of detaining the accused in custody during the period for which he is so remanded, a magistrate
before whom the accused so appears or is brought as aforesaid may admit him to bail. (See Forms 85-
87) (Amended 48 of 1983 s. 3; 56 of 1994 s. 11)

(2) A magistrate may, on being satisfied that a person accused of an indictable offence is by reason of illness or
accident unable to appear personally before a magistrate-

(a) visit the accused and in his presence exercise any of the powers conferred by subsection (1); or
(b) exercise such powers in the absence of the accused if, in the opinion of the magistrate, it is not

practicable for him to visit the accused. (Replaced 91 of 1970 s. 5)
(3) (Repealed 56 of 1994 s. 11)

[cf. 1848 c. 42 s. 21 U.K.; 1914 c. 58 s. 20(2) U.K.]

Section: 80 Place where examination taken not an open court 30/06/1997


The room or building in which a magistrate conducts a preliminary inquiry shall not be deemed an open court
for that purpose; and it shall lawful for the magistrate, in his discretion, to order that no person shall have access to or
be or remain in such room or building without the consent or permission of the magistrate, if it appears to him that the
ends of justice will be best answered by so doing.

(Amended 49 of 1965 s. 13; 48 of 1983 s. 3)
[cf. 1848 c. 42 s. 19 U.K.]


Section: 80A Appointment of return day 30/06/1997


(1) When the accused appears or is brought before a magistrate upon an allegation of the commission of an
indictable offence the magistrate may, and shall if the prosecutor so requires, appoint a day for the continuation of the
committal proceedings (hereinafter referred to as "the return day").

(2) Any magistrate may, from time to time thereafter, on the application of the prosecutor or of the accused,
and upon reasonable cause, appoint another return day in the place of the return day previously appointed.

(3) The return day shall not, unless the prosecutor and the accused consent or the magistrate, upon reasonable
cause being shown, determines otherwise, be less than 10 days nor more than 42 days from the day on which the
return day is appointed.

(4) Upon first appointing the return day, the magistrate shall inform the accused-
(a) of his right to apply for legal aid;
(b) that not less than 7 clear days before the return day he will receive a copy of the complaint made or

information laid together with copies of witness statements and any documentary evidence in support
thereof, being the statements and evidence upon which the prosecutor will seek the accused's
committal;

(c) on the return day, he will have the right to require a preliminary inquiry and, if he does so require, he
may, at the inquiry, call witnesses to give evidence on his behalf;

(d) where there is more than one charge that, in the event of his requiring a preliminary inquiry on any
charge, the inquiry will be held into all the charges against him and that only at the conclusion of the
inquiry will he have the opportunity to plead guilty to any charge;

(e) if he does not require a preliminary inquiry, he will be committed for trial without an inquiry unless he
pleads guilty to the charge, in which case he will be committed for sentence on that charge.

(Added 48 of 1983 s. 3)

Section: 80B Service of documents on accused 30/06/1997


(1) Not less than 7 clear days before the return day, or such shorter period as the accused may consent to, the
prosecutor shall serve on the accused-

(a) a copy of the complaint made or information laid;
(b) copies of the statements of those witnesses whom the prosecution intends to call at the trial;
(c) copies of documentary exhibits; and
(d) a list of exhibits.



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(2) A statement of a witness of which a copy is served under subsection (1) shall-
(a) be signed by the person who made it;
(b) contain a declaration by the witness to the effect that it is true to the best of his knowledge and belief

and that he made the statement knowing that wilfully making a statement which he knows to be false
or does not believe to be true may render him liable to prosecution for a criminal offence; (Amended 6
of 1990 s. 8)

(c) if in a language other than English, be accompanied by an English translation and, if in a language
other than Chinese, be accompanied by a Chinese translation;

(d) if made by a person under 21, give his age;
(e) purport to have been read over to the person who made the statement in the language used by that

person in making the statement or to have been read by that person.
(3) A documentary exhibit of which a copy is served under subsection (1) shall, if written in a language other

than English, be accompanied by an English translation certified under section 27 of the Evidence Ordinance (Cap 8)
and, unless the magistrate on cause shown otherwise directs, if written in a language other than Chinese, be
accompanied by a Chinese translation.

(4) An exhibit which is mentioned in the list of exhibits served under subsection (1) shall be clearly identified
in a statement of a witness of which a copy is served under that subsection and the accused or his legal representative
shall be given reasonable opportunity to examine any such exhibit.

(5) Failure to comply with the requirements of subsections (2), (3) and (4) shall not render the service of any
documents under subsection (1) ineffective or prevent such documents being handed into court under the provisions of
section 80C(1) or admitted in evidence under the provisions of section 81A(1) provided that the magistrate is satisfied
that accused is not prejudiced by such failure.

(6) If the documents specified in subsection (1) are served on the accused outside the period which is specified
in that subsection, such service shall not thereby be ineffective; but on the return day the magistrate shall adjourn the
proceedings to such later day as will ensure that the requirements of subsection (1) are satisfied unless the accused
consents to a shorter adjournment or the continuation of proceedings without an adjournment.

(Added 48 of 1983 s. 3)

Section: 80C Procedure on return day 30/06/1997


(1) When the accused appears or is brought before the magistrate on the return day the prosecutor shall, if the
requirements of section 80B(1) are satisfied, hand into court the originals of the documents referred to in that section
and the magistrate shall then inform the accused that-

(a) the prosecutor seeks his committal; and
(b) unless he elects to have the charge heard at a preliminary inquiry or, in the event of there being more

than one charge, any of those charges so heard, he will be committed without such an inquiry,
and the accused shall, thereupon, be asked whether or not he elects to have the charge against him heard at a
preliminary inquiry; and the accused may make such an election.

(2) If the accused elects or is, by virtue of subsection (5), deemed to have elected, to have the charge against
him heard at a preliminary inquiry the magistrate shall-

(a) inform the accused that at the inquiry a witness for the prosecution whose statement was served on him
under section 80B(1) will not be called to give evidence and his written statement will be received in
evidence unless the accused, either then or not less than 7 days before the inquiry, notifies the
magistrate and prosecutor of his desire to have the witness called; and

(b) ascertain, without prejudice to any right of the accused to give notice thereafter, what prosecution
witnesses the accused wishes to have called at the hearing and whether or not the accused wishes to
call any witnesses of his own,

and thereafter the preliminary inquiry shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of sections 81, 81A, 82,
83, 84 and 85.

(3) If the accused does not elect, and is not deemed to have elected by virtue of subsection (5), to have the
charge against him heard at a preliminary inquiry, the magistrate shall inform the accused that-

(a) he is not obliged to say anything in respect of the charge but that he may plead guilty to the charge and
that such a plea will result in his being committed for sentence on that charge;

(b) unless he pleads guilty to charge, he will forthwith be committed for trial on that charge without an
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(c) after committal for trial he has the right to apply once only to a judge for discharge on the grounds that
there is no prima facie case against him.

(4) After complying with the provisions of subsection (3), the magistrate shall then-
(a) except where the accused is a juvenile or the offence is punishable by death, ascertain if the accused

desires to plead guilty to the charge and, if he does so desire, the provisions of section 81B shall apply;
and

(b) if the accused is a juvenile or if the offence is punishable by death or if the accused does not then plead
guilty and is not committed for sentence under section 81B(2), commit the accused for trial.

(5) An election by the accused to have a charge against him heard shall be deemed, if there is more than one
charge, to relate to all charges.

(Added 48 of 1983 s. 3)

Section: 81 Taking of evidence at hearing L.N. 232 of 2015 01/02/2016


(1) At a preliminary inquiry where the accused is present at the hearing, the magistrate shall, before committing
the accused to prison for trial or before admitting him to bail to take his trial, in the presence of the accused proceed to
take evidence for and on behalf of the prosecutor and his witnesses in the same manner, subject to subsection (3), as is
hereinbefore provided for the taking of the evidence of the complainant or informant and his witnesses on a complaint
or information for an offence punishable on summary conviction. (See Form 19) (Amended 49 of 1965 s. 14; 48 of
1983 s. 3)

(2) The accused or his counsel shall be at liberty to put questions to any witnesses produced against him, and,
subject to subsection (3), the depositions or evidence of the prosecutor and his witnesses shall, in the presence of the
accused, be read over to and signed respectively by the witnesses who have been so examined, and shall also be
signed by the magistrate taking the same.

(3) The magistrate may cause the deposition or evidence of a witness who is examined under subsection (2) to
be recorded by way of shorthand note or mechanical or electrical recording device and, thereafter, reduced into
writing; and where-

(a) that writing is made available to the accused or his counsel; and
(b) the witness thereafter, on oath and in the presence of the accused, confirms the accuracy of that

writing,
the deposition or evidence of that witness shall be treated, for all purposes, including section 70 of the Evidence
Ordinance (Cap 8), as if it had been reduced into writing immediately, read over to the witness and signed by him in
the presence of the accused. (Added 75 of 1984 s. 2)

(4) Where the evidence of a witness is taken by way of a live television link under Part IIIB of the Criminal
Procedure Ordinance (Cap 221)-

(a) the requirement in subsection (2) that the deposition or evidence of the witness shall be signed by the
witness in the presence of the accused shall be deemed to have been complied with if, in the presence
of the accused, the witness confirms on oath the accuracy of the deposition or evidence by way of a
live television link; and

(b) where subsection (3) applies, paragraph (b) of that subsection shall be deemed to have been complied
with if, after the writing concerned is made available to the accused or his counsel, and in the presence
of the accused, the witness confirms on oath the accuracy of the writing concerned by way of a live
television link. (Added 23 of 2003 s. 23)

(5) In subsection (4), “live television link” (電視直播聯繫) has the meaning assigned to it by section 79H
of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance (Cap 221). (Added 23 of 2003 s. 23)

(Amended 75 of 1984 s. 2)
[cf. 1848 c. 42 s. 17 U.K.]


Section: 81A Admission of statements and exhibits in committal

proceedings
30/06/1997



(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, at a preliminary inquiry-
(a) any witness statement handed into court under the provisions of section 80C(1); and
(b) any exhibit clearly identified in such statement, shall be deemed to have been admitted in evidence on



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behalf of the prosecution notwithstanding that the person who made the statement is not called as
witness to give oral evidence at the hearing unless the accused objects to the admissibility of the
statement or exhibit or any part of the statement or exhibit and the magistrate, after hearing any reply
which the prosecutor may make allows the objection.

(2) A magistrate shall, on the application of the prosecutor or the accused made-
(a) on the return day; or
(b) 7 days (or such shorter period as the magistrate may allow) prior to the day on which the evidence of

the witness is required,
require a person who has made a witness statement which has been handed into court under section 80C to give oral
evidence at the hearing in accordance with section 81.

(Replaced 48 of 1983 s. 3)

Section: 81B Committal for sentence on a plea of guilty 25 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


(1) Where, by section 80C(4)(a) or section 82(1), the magistrate is required to ascertain whether the accused
desires to plead guilty to the charge, he shall inform the accused that the court proposes to commit him for trial; but
that the accused may, if he so desires now, plead guilty to the charge and, if he pleads guilty, he will be committed to
the Court of First Instance for sentence. (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(2) If the accused then pleads guilty the magistrate, before he accepts the plea shall-
(a) where the accused pleads guilty in proceedings under section 80C, require the prosecutor to outline to

the accused, to the satisfaction of the magistrate, the alleged facts upon which the charge is based;
(b) explain to the accused the offence with which he is charged and the ingredients which at law constitute

such offence; and
(c) record any statement made by the accused in pleading guilty to the charge and that the offence and the

ingredients which at law constitute the offence were explained to the accused,
and, if the magistrate is satisfied that the plea is made voluntarily and with an understanding of the nature of the
charge, he shall commit the accused for sentence.

(3) No objection shall be taken to any information or complaint to which the accused has pleaded guilty, and
the accused shall not afterwards be allowed to withdraw the plea except with the leave of a judge of the Court of First
Instance. (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(4) Where a judge grants leave to withdraw a plea of guilty in accordance with the provisions of subsection (3)
he may, at the same time, exercise his powers under section 24A(1) of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance (Cap 221) to
direct or consent to the preferment of an indictment charging the accused with the offence in respect of which the plea
has been withdrawn or any related offence.

(5) An accused who is committed for sentence shall as soon as practicable be brought before the Court of First
Instance for sentence, and any judge of that Court shall have the same powers of sentencing or otherwise dealing with
the accused, and of finally disposing of the charge and of all incidental matters, as he would have had if the accused
on arraignment at any criminal sittings of the Court of First Instance had pleaded guilty to the offence charged on an
indictment duly presented. (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(6) The magistrate committing an accused for sentence shall have the like powers to commit the accused to
prison or to admit him to bail as in the case of an accused committed for trial and the accused shall have the like rights
and obligations.

(Replaced 48 of 1983 s. 3)

Section: 82 Provisions as to taking of depositions, and caution to and

statement of accused on proceedings before examining
justices

30/06/1997



(1) After the examination of all the witnesses and the admission of any statements for the prosecution has been
completed, subject to the rejection of any submission made that there is no case which the accused should be called
upon to answer, the magistrate shall read the charge to the accused and explain the nature thereof to him in ordinary
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behalf. After so doing the magistrate shall then-
(a) except where the offence is punishable by death, ascertain whether the accused desires to plead guilty

to the charge in accordance with the provisions of section 81B; and
(b) if the offence is punishable by death or if the accused does not then plead guilty, address to him the

following words or words to the like effect-
"Do you wish to say anything in answer to the charge? You are not obliged to say anything unless
you desire to do so, but whatever you say will be taken down in writing and may be given in
evidence upon your trial." (Amended 49 of 1965 s. 16; 48 of 1983 s. 3)

(2) Before the accused makes any statement in answer to the charge, the magistrate shall state to him and give
him clearly to understand that he has nothing to hope from any promise of favour and nothing to fear from any threat
which may have been held out to him to induce him to make any admission or confession of his guilt, but that
whatsoever he then says may be given in evidence on his trial notwithstanding the promise or threat. [cf. 1925 c. 86 s.
12(3) U.K.]

(3) Whatever the accused says in answer to the charge shall be taken down in writing and read over to the
accused and signed by the magistrate and, if the accused so desires, by him, and shall be transmitted with the
depositions as hereinafter mentioned. On the trial the statement of the accused taken down as aforesaid, and whether
signed by him or not, may be given in evidence without further proof thereof, unless it is proved that the magistrate
purporting to sign the statement did not in fact sign it. (See Form 78) [cf. 1925 c. 86 s. 12(4) U.K.]

(4)-(5) (Repealed 48 of 1983 s. 3)
(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 24)


Section: 83 Evidence of accused and defence witnesses 30/06/1997


(1) Immediately after complying with the requirements of the preceding section relating to the statement of the
accused, and whether the accused has or has not made a statement, the magistrate shall ask the accused whether he
desires to give evidence on his own behalf and whether he desires to call witnesses.

(2) If the accused in answer to the question states that he wishes to give evidence but not to call witnesses, the
magistrate shall proceed to take forthwith the evidence of the accused, and after the conclusion of the evidence of the
accused his counsel shall be heard on his behalf if he so desires.

(3) If the accused in answer to the question states that he desires to give evidence on his own behalf and to call
witnesses, or to call witnesses only, the magistrate shall proceed to take either forthwith, or, if a speech is to be made
by counsel on behalf of the accused, after the conclusion of that speech, the evidence of the accused, if he desires to
give evidence himself, and of any witness called by him who knows anything relating to the facts and circumstances
of the case or anything tending to prove the innocence of the accused.

(4) All statements by the accused and all evidence given by him or any such witness as aforesaid shall be taken
down in writing. (Amended 5 of 1954 s. 2)

(5) Nothing contained in this section shall prevent the prosecutor in any case from putting in evidence at the
trial any admission or confession or other statement of the accused made at anytime which is by law admissible as
evidence against the accused.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 25)
[cf. 1925 c. 86 s. 12(5) & (6) U.K.]


Section: 84 Order by committing magistrate for attendance at trial of

witnesses
25 of 1998 01/07/1997



Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


(1) At a preliminary inquiry the magistrate shall in respect of any witness examined by him, other than the
accused and any witness of his merely to his character, make an order in the prescribed form requiring the witness to
attend and give evidence at the trial of the accused before the Court of First Instance. (See Form 79) (Amended 48 of
1983 s. 3; 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(2) Where it appears to the magistrate, after taking into account any representation made by the accused or the
prosecutor, that the attendance of any witness at the trial is unnecessary on the ground that the evidence of that witness
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(a) any witness order to be made by the magistrate in the case of that witness shall be a conditional order,
that is to say, an order in the prescribed form requiring the witness to attend the trial if notice in that
behalf is given to him and not otherwise; and

(b) if a witness order other than a conditional order has previously been made by the magistrate in the case
of that witness, the magistrate shall direct that that order be treated as a conditional order. (See Form
80)

(3) A magistrate-
(a) on committing an accused for trial shall inform him-

(i) of his right to require the attendance at the trial of any witness in respect of whom a conditional
witness order, or an order treated as a conditional witness order, has been made; and

(ii) that the accused should inform the Registrar not less than 10 days before the trial if he requires
such a witness to attend; and

(b) if he determines not to commit the accused for trial, shall cause notice to be given in the prescribed
form to any witness in respect of whom a witness order has been made, informing the witness that he
is no longer required to attend. (See Form 81)

[cf. 1965 c. 69 s. 1 U.K.]
(4) In this section, "witness" (證人) includes a person whose written statement is admitted in evidence under

section 81A.
(Replaced 59 of 1981 s. 2)


Section: 85 Discharge or committal of accused 25 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


(1) If after hearing all the evidence offered on the part of the prosecution and the evidence, if any, of the
accused and his witnesses and after taking into consideration any statement made by the accused, the magistrate is of
opinion that there is not sufficient evidence to put the accused upon his trial for any indictable offence, the magistrate
shall forthwith order the accused, if in custody, to be discharged as to the complaint or information then under inquiry,
but such discharge shall not be a bar to any subsequent complaint or information in respect of the same facts.

(2) If in the opinion of the magistrate, after hearing such evidence as aforesaid and taking into consideration
any statement of the accused, such evidence is sufficient to put the accused upon his trial for an indictable offence, or
if the evidence given raises a strong or probable presumption of the guilt of the accused, then the magistrate shall
order that the accused stand committed for trial at the Court of First Instance and shall so inform the accused or cause
him to be so informed. (Amended 5 of 1954 s. 4; 63 of 1971 s. 13; 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(3) (Repealed 48 of 1983 s. 3)
(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 26)

[cf. 1848 c. 42 s. 25 U.K.; 1925 c. 86 s. 12(8) U.K.]

Section: 85A Procedure following committal 30/06/1997


(1) A magistrate who commits an accused for trial under section 80C(4) or section 85(2) shall-
(a) issue his warrant committing the accused to prison until delivery by due course of law:

Provided that he may admit the accused to bail in any case where he has power to grant bail under
the provisions of this Ordinance;

(b) if he commits the accused to prison, inform him of his right to apply to a judge for bail;
(c) inform the accused, unless he is already in receipt of legal aid, of his right to apply for legal aid;
(d) say to the accused-

"I must warn you that at your trial you may not be permitted to give evidence of an alibi or call
witnesses in support of an alibi unless you have earlier given particulars of the alibi and of the
witnesses. You may give those particulars now to this court or to the prosecutor not less than 10
days prior to the commencement of your trial.",

or words to that effect and, if it appears to the magistrate that the accused may not understand the
meaning of the term "alibi", he shall explain it to him; and



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(e) if the accused was committed under section 80C(4) inform him that he has the right to apply to a judge
for discharge on the grounds there is no prima facie case against him.

(2) Where the magistrate has given the warning required by subsection (1)(d) the clerk of the court shall give
the accused written notice of the provisions of section 65D of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance (Cap 221).

(Added 48 of 1983 s. 3)

Section: 86 Depositions and exhibits after committal L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


(1) There shall be transmitted to the Registrar as soon as may be after the committal of the accused-
(a) the written charge;
(b) in the event of a committal under section 80C(4) or 81 B(2), the documents handed in by the

prosecutor under section 80C(1);
(c) in the event of a committal under section 81B(2), a certificate signed by the magistrate that he has

observed the requirements of that section;
(d) in the event of a committal under section 85(2), the depositions of the prosecutor and the witnesses,

including witnesses (if any) called by the accused, the statements (if any) admitted, or deemed to be
admitted, in evidence on behalf of the prosecution, the statement of the accused and his evidence (if
any), certificates signed by the magistrate stating that he has observed the requirements of sections 82,
83 and 85(2), a statement as to the witness orders or conditional witness orders made under section 84
and the recognizances of the bail, if any, any documents which have been produced in evidence, and a
list, signed by the magistrate, of all exhibits produced in evidence;

(e) a certificate signed by the magistrate stating that he has observed the requirements of section 85A; and
(f) where the magistrate has made an order under section 87A(2), a statement to that effect,

together with as many copies thereof, certified by the magistrate, as the Registrar may require; and a copy similarly
certified shall at the same time be transmitted to the Secretary for Justice:

Provided that the Secretary for Justice may waive his right to receive any document or class of documents served
under section 80B(1). (Replaced 48 of 1983 s. 3. Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

(2) An accused committed for trial shall, on application by himself or by his solicitor made on his behalf, be
furnished free of charge before his trial with one copy of such depositions, documents and list relating to his case as
are referred to in subsection (1): (Amended 48 of 1983 s. 3)

Provided that nothing in this subsection shall entitle an accused to receive copy of any document which has been
served on him under section 80B(1). (Added 48 of 1983 s. 3)

(3) If the accused or his solicitor notify the magistrates' clerk in writing of such requirement, further copies of
all or any of the documents referred to in subsection (1) shall be supplied on payment of 15 cents for each folio of 72
words.

(4) All exhibits other than documentary exhibits shall, unless the magistrate otherwise directs, be taken charge
of by the Commissioner of Police and shall be produced at the trial by him or by a police officer deputed for that
purpose.

(Replaced 5 of 1954 s. 6)

Section: 87 Procedure on charge of indictable offence against

corporation
30/06/1997



(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, where a corporation is charged, whether alone or jointly with some
other person, with an indictable offence, the provisions of this Part shall apply as they do in the case of a natural
person. (Replaced 48 of 1983 s. 3)

(1A) Documents required to be served on the accused under section 80B(1) may be served on a director or other
officer concerned in the management of the corporation. (Added 48 of 1983 s. 3. Amended L.N. 15 of 1988)

(1B) Subsections (1) and (3) of section 19A shall apply to a plea of guilty by a corporation under section 81B as
they do in the case of a plea of guilty to an offence tried summarily. (Added 48 of 1983 s. 3)

(2) If the corporation appears before the magistrate by a representative appointed in writing by the corporation
to represent it for the purpose of this section, any question or statement required by any enactment to be put or made to
the accused may be put or made to such representative, and any such question may be answered on behalf of the
corporation by such representative, but if the corporation does not so appear it shall not be necessary to put or make
the questions or statements, and the magistrate may, notwithstanding, commit the corporation. (Amended 48 of 1983



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s. 3)
(3) Nothing in this section shall have the effect of taking away from a magistrate any power which he may

possess of dealing with a charge summarily.
[cf. 1925 c. 86 s. 33 U.K.]


Section: 87A Restrictions on reports of committal proceedings L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


(1) No person shall publish in Hong Kong a written report, or broadcast in Hong Kong a report, of any
committal proceedings in Hong Kong containing any matter other than that permitted by subsection (7). (Amended 59
of 1994 s. 6)

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a magistrate shall, on an application for the purpose made with reference to
any committal proceedings by the accused or one of the accused, as the case may be, order that subsection (1) shall not
apply to reports of those proceedings, and any such order shall be entered in the Magistrate's Case Register.

(3) If the accused is not represented at any preliminary inquiry by counsel or by a solicitor, the magistrate shall,
immediately before taking depositions of witnesses, explain to the accused the restrictions on reports of committal
proceedings imposed by subsection (1) and inform him of his right to apply to the court for an order removing those
restrictions. (Amended 48 of 1983 s. 3)

(4) Where a magistrate has made an order under subsection (2) removing the restrictions on reports of
committal proceedings and has adjourned those proceedings to another day, he shall, at the beginning of the adjourned
hearing of the proceedings, state that the order has been made.

(5) Notwithstanding subsection (1) a report of committal proceedings containing matter other than that
permitted by subsection (7) may be published or broadcast-

(a) where the magistrate determines not to commit the accused for trial, after he has so determined;
(b) where the magistrate commits the accused or any of the accused for trial, after the conclusion of his

trial or, as the case may be, the trial of the last to be tried.
(6) Notwithstanding subsection (1), where at any time during committal proceedings the magistrate assumes

power to deal with the offence summarily under section 91 or 92, a report of so much of the committal proceedings
containing any such matter as takes place before the magistrate assumes such power may be published or broadcast,
after the magistrate has assumed power, as part of a report of the summary trial.

(7) A report of committal proceedings published or broadcast without any order under subsection (2) and
before the time specified in subsections (5) and (6) may contain-

(a) the identity of the court and the name of the magistrate;
(b) the names, addresses, occupations and ages of the parties and witnesses;
(c) the offence, or a summary thereof, with which the accused is charged;
(d) the names of counsel and solicitors engaged in the proceedings;
(e) any decision of the magistrate to commit the accused for trial, and any decision of the magistrate on

the disposal of the case of any defendants not committed;
(f) where the magistrate commits the accused for trial, the charge, or a summary thereof, on which he is

committed and the court to which he is committed;
(g) where the committal proceedings are adjourned, the date and places to which they are adjourned;
(h) (Repealed 56 of 1994 s. 11)
(i) whether legal aid was granted to the accused.

(8) If a report is published or broadcast in contravention of this section, the following persons-
(a) in the case of publication of a written report as part of a newspaper or periodical publication, any

proprietor, editor, publisher or distributor thereof;
(b) in the case of a publication of a written report otherwise than as part of a newspaper or periodical

publication, the person who publishes or distributes it;
(c) in the case of a broadcast of a report, any person who transmits or provides the programme in which

the report is broadcast and any person having functions in relation to the programme corresponding to
those of the editor of a newspaper or periodical publication,

shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of $10000 and to imprisonment for 6 months.
(9) Proceedings for an offence under this section shall not be instituted otherwise than by or with the consent of

the Secretary for Justice. (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)
(10) Subsection (1) shall be in addition to, and not in derogation from, the provisions of any other Ordinance

with respect to the publication of reports and proceedings of magistrates' and other courts.



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(11) In this section-
"broadcast" (廣播) means sounds or visual images broadcast by wireless telegraphy or by means of a high frequency

distribution system over wires, or other paths provided by a material substance and intended for general
reception;

"publish" (發布), in relation to a report, means publish the report, either by itself or as part of a newspaper or
periodical, for distribution to the public.

(Added 6 of 1971 s. 5)
[cf. 1967 c. 80 ss. 3 & 36 U.K.; S.I. 1968/1920 r. 2 U.K.]


Section: 87B Notice of result of committal proceedings 30/06/1997


If a magistrate commits any person for trial or determines to discharge him, the magistrates' clerk shall, on the
day on which the committal proceedings are concluded or the next day, cause to be displayed in a part of the court
house to which the public have access a notice in English and in Chinese-

(a) in either case giving that person's name, address and age (if known);
(b) in a case where the magistrate commits him, stating the charge on which he is committed and the court

to which he is committed;
(c) in a case where the magistrate determines to discharge him, describing the offence charged and stating

that the magistrate has so determined.
(Added 6 of 1971 s. 5)

[cf. 1967 c. 80 s. 4 U.K.]

Section: 87C Application to transferred proceedings L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


(1) Where any proceedings are transferred for a preliminary inquiry pursuant to section 77A of the District
Court Ordinance (Cap 336), the Secretary for Justice shall, if he wishes to seek the committal of the accused person,
file a charge sheet against him within 21 days of the date of the order transferring the proceedings, and thereupon,
unless otherwise provided, the provisions of this Part shall apply in relation thereto as if the accused person were
charged under this Part with an indictable offence before the magistrate. (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

(2) Subsection (1) shall, without prejudice to any other provision in this Ordinance, be applicable to indictable
offences.

(Added 59 of 1992 s. 14)

Section: 87D Discharge of the accused where committal proceedings are

not instituted
L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997



(1) Where the Secretary for Justice fails to file a charge sheet under section 87C(1) within the period specified
in that section- (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

(a) on the date appointed under section 77A(7) of the District Court Ordinance (Cap 336), or where that
date is adjourned, on such later date, the magistrate shall, on his own motion; or

(b) where, before the appointed date referred to in paragraph (a) or if that date is adjourned, before such
later date, the accused person applies to a magistrate for his discharge on the ground of such failure,
the magistrate shall,

direct that the accused person be discharged in respect of the charges to which the transferred proceedings relate.
(2) A discharge under subsection (1) shall be deemed to be an acquittal.

(Added 59 of 1992 s. 14)

Part: IV TRANSFER OF OFFENCES TO THE DISTRICT

COURT*
30/06/1997


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Note:
* (Amended 16 of 1970 s. 2)




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Section: 88 Transfer of certain indictable offences L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other provision of this Ordinance but subject to subsection (3),
whenever any person is accused before a magistrate of any indictable offence not included in any of the categories
specified in Part III of the Second Schedule, the magistrate, upon application made by or on behalf of the Secretary for
Justice- (Amended 59 of 1992 s. 15; L.N. 362 of 1997)

(a) shall make an order transferring the charge or complaint in respect of the indictable offence to the
District Court; and

(b) may, if the person is also accused of any offence triable summarily only, make an order transferring
the charge or complaint in respect of the summary offence to the District Court. (Replaced 16 of 1970
s. 3)

(2) An application under subsection (1) may be made either orally in open court or in writing.
(3) Subsection (1) shall not apply in relation to any proceedings transferred to be dealt with summarily by a

magistrate pursuant to section 65F of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance (Cap 221) or section 77A of the District
Court Ordinance (Cap 336) or transferred for a preliminary inquiry pursuant to section 77A of the District Court
Ordinance (Cap 336). (Added 59 of 1992 s. 15)

(Added 2 of 1953 s. 3)

Section: 89 Effect of order of transfer 30/06/1997


(1) An order of transfer shall operate as a stay of proceedings before the magistrate touching the charge or
complaint to which the order refers and all process relating to the transferred charge or complaint shall be transmitted
to the District Court.

(2) An order of transfer shall not be subject to appeal.
(Added 2 of 1953 s. 3)


Section: 90 Procedure on making an order of transfer 30/06/1997


(1) Upon making an order of transfer under section 88, a magistrate shall-
(a) appoint a day whereon the accused person is to appear or be brought before the District Court;
(b) remand the accused person in prison custody or admit him to bail;
(c) inform the accused person of the effect of the order of transfer; and
(d) say to the accused person-

"I must warn you that at your trial you may not be permitted to give evidence of an alibi or call
witnesses in support of an alibi unless you have earlier given particulars of the alibi and of the
witnesses. You may give those particulars now to this court or to the prosecutor not less than 10
days prior to the commencement of your trial.",

or words to that effect and, if it appears to the magistrate that the accused person may not understand
the meaning of the term "alibi", he shall explain it to him. (Added 6 of 1990 s. 9)

(1A) Where the magistrate has given the warning required by subsection (1)(d) the clerk of the court shall give
the accused person written notice of the provisions of section 75A of the District Court Ordinance (Cap 336). (Added
6 of 1990 s. 9)

(2) The provisions of section 79 (which relates to a magistrate's power to remand an accused person) shall
apply, mutatis mutandis and subject to the substitution in subsection (1) of that section of "20 clear days" for "8 clear
days", in relation to the exercise by a magistrate of the powers conferred by subsection (1)(b), but the application of
such provisions shall be without prejudice to any of the powers of the District Court to enforce the attendance of a
person accused of an indictable offence in respect of which the charge or complaint has been transferred to that court.
(Amended 41 of 1981 s. 2)

(Added 2 of 1953 s. 3)

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Section: 91 Indictable offences which may be dealt with by special
magistrate summarily

30/06/1997



Whenever any person is accused before a special magistrate of any indictable offence except an offence
specified in the Second Schedule, the magistrate, instead of committing the accused for trial before the court, may deal
with the case and convict the accused summarily, and on conviction may sentence the accused to imprisonment for 6
months and to a fine of $50000: (See Form 93) (Amended 51 of 1981 s. 6)

Provided that nothing in this section shall affect the provisions of section 94 or any lesser punishment
specifically provided in any other Ordinance.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 29. Amended 30 of 1958 s. 7; 13 of 1995 s. 59)

Section: 92 Indictable offences which may be dealt with by permanent

magistrate summarily
30/06/1997



Whenever any person is accused before a permanent magistrate of any indictable offence except an offence
specified in Part I of the Second Schedule, the magistrate, instead of committing the accused for trial before the court,
may deal with the case and convict the accused summarily, and on conviction may sentence the accused to
imprisonment for 2 years and to a fine of $100000: (See Form 93) (Amended 51 of 1981 s. 7)

Provided that nothing in this section shall affect any greater or less punishment specifically provided for in any
other Ordinance.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 29. Amended 30 of 1958 s. 7; 13 of 1995 s. 60)

Section: 92A Summary disposal of transferred cases 30/06/1997


Whenever any proceedings are transferred to be dealt with summarily by a magistrate pursuant to section 65F of
the Criminal Procedure Ordinance (Cap 221) or section 77A of the District Court Ordinance (Cap 336),
notwithstanding anything in section 91 or 92, a permanent magistrate shall deal with the case and may convict the
accused summarily and on conviction sentence him to imprisonment for 2 years and to a fine of $100000:

Provided that nothing in this section shall affect any greater or lesser punishment specifically provided for in any
other Ordinance.

(Added 59 of 1992 s. 16. Amended 13 of 1995 s. 61)

Section: 93 Procedure as to indictable offences triable summarily 30/06/1997


Where an indictable offence is triable summarily-
(a) the procedure shall, until the magistrate assumes the power to deal with the offence summarily, be the

same in all respects as if the offence were to be dealt with throughout as an indictable offence, but
when and so soon as the magistrate assumes the power to deal with the offence summarily, the
procedure shall be the same from and after that period as if the offence were an offence punishable on
summary conviction and not on indictment, and the provisions of this Ordinance relating to offences
punishable on summary conviction shall apply accordingly;

(b) the evidence of any witness taken before the magistrate has assumed the said power need not be taken
again, but every such witness shall, if the defendant so requires, be recalled for the purpose of cross-
examination;

(ba) any statement that has been admitted in evidence under section 81A shall be disregarded, but the
prosecutor may call the person who made the statement to give verbal evidence as a witness and his
evidence shall be taken in the manner set out in section 34; (Added 49 of 1965 s. 18)

(c) the conviction for any such offence shall be of the same effect as a conviction for the offence on
indictment before the court, and the magistrate may make the like order for the restitution of property
as might have been made by the court; and (See Forms 46, 93)

(d) the order of dismissal shall be filed by the magistrates' clerk in like manner as the conviction is hereby
required to be filed, and together with the order of dismissal or the conviction, as the case may be,
there shall be filed by such clerk in each case the written charge, the depositions of the witnesses and
the statement, if any, of the accused. (See Form 94)



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Section: 93A Procedure as to transferred proceedings 30/06/1997


Where proceedings are transferred under section 65F of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance (Cap 221) or section
77A of the District Court Ordinance (Cap 336) to be dealt with summarily by a magistrate-

(a) within 21 days after the date of the order of transfer a charge sheet setting forth the charge or charges
preferred against the accused shall be delivered to the first clerk of the magistracy to which the
proceedings are transferred and served on the accused;

(b) section 10(2), (3) and (4) shall apply to a charge sheet referred to in paragraph (a) as it does to a
complaint or an information;

(c) subject to this section, the procedure shall be the same as if the relevant offence were an offence
punishable on summary conviction and not on indictment, and the provisions of this Ordinance relating
to offences punishable on summary conviction shall apply accordingly;

(d) in the case of a transfer under section 65F of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance (Cap 221) any
statement that may have been admitted in evidence under section 81A before the accused was
committed for trial shall be disregarded, but the prosecutor may call the person who made the
statement to give verbal evidence as a witness and his evidence shall be taken in the manner set out in
section 34;

(e) the conviction for the relevant offence shall be of the same effect as a conviction for the offence on
indictment before the court, and the magistrate may make the like order for the restitution of property
as might have been made by the court; and (See Forms 46, 93)

(f) the order for dismissal shall be filed by the magistrates's clerk in like manner as the conviction is
hereby required to be filed, and together with the order for dismissal or the conviction, as the case may
be, there shall be filed by such clerk in each case the written charge, the depositions of the witnesses
and the statement, if any, of the accused. (See Form 94)

(Added 59 of 1992 s. 17)

Section: 93B Discharge of accused where charge sheet is not delivered 30/06/1997


(1) Where a charge sheet is not delivered against the accused under section 93A(a) within the period specified
in that paragraph-

(a) on the date appointed under section 77A(7) of the District Court Ordinance (Cap 336), or where that
date is adjourned, on such later date, the magistrate shall, on his own motion; or

(b) where, before the appointed date referred to in paragraph (a) or if that date is adjourned, before such
later date, the accused applies to a magistrate for his discharge on the ground that a charge sheet is not
delivered as required under section 93A(a), the magistrate shall,

direct that the accused be discharged in respect of the charges to which the transferred proceedings relate.
(2) A discharge under subsection (1) shall be deemed to be an acquittal.

(Added 59 of 1992 s. 17)

Section: 94 Special powers for summary trial of certain indictable

offences
30/06/1997



Where any person is accused of stealing from the person or of any offence within the meaning of either of
sections 42 and 43 of the Offences against the Person Ordinance (Cap 212) it shall be lawful for a special magistrate to
hear the case and convict the accused summarily and to sentence him to imprisonment for 1 year or to commit the
accused for trial before the court.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 30)

Section: 94A Consent of prosecutor to be obtained 30/06/1997


Notwithstanding anything contained in section 91, 92 or 94, an indictable offence shall not be dealt with
summarily, unless the consent of the prosecutor has been obtained.

(Added 49 of 1965 s. 19)



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Part: VI SPECIAL POWERS 30/06/1997




Section: 95 (Repealed 13 of 1970 s. 6) 30/06/1997


Miscellaneous




Section: 96 Supplementary powers over persons under 16 30/06/1997


Where a person apparently under the age of 16 years is convicted of any offence, the magistrate may, in addition
to or in lieu of any other punishment for such offence, order the offender-

(a) to be discharged after due admonition; or
(b) to be delivered to his parent, guardian or nearest adult relative or, if the offender is an apprentice or

servant, to his master or mistress or, if the offender is a pupil, to the person in charge of the school at
which the offender is attending, on such parent, guardian, relative, master, mistress or person in charge
of a school executing a bond, with or without sureties, that he will be responsible for the good
behaviour and also, if the magistrate thinks it necessary, for the proper education of the offender for
any period not exceeding 12 month.

(Replaced 13 of 1970 s. 6)

Section: 97 General power to fine 30/06/1997


(1) Where a person is convicted of an offence other than an indictable offence the magistrate may, if he is not
precluded from sentencing the person by the exercise of some other power (such as the power to make a probation
order under section 3 of the Probation of Offenders Ordinance (Cap 298)), impose a fine in lieu of or in addition to
dealing with the person in any other way in which the magistrate has power to deal with him, subject however to any
enactment requiring the person to be dealt with in a particular way.

(2) In the exercise of the power under subsection (1) a magistrate shall not impose on an offender, in default of
payment of the fine, any greater term of imprisonment than that to which the offender would have been liable under
the enactment authorizing the imprisonment.

(3) A fine imposed in exercise of the power under subsection (1) shall not-
(a) in the case of a special magistrate, exceed $50000;
(b) in the case of a permanent magistrate, exceed $100000,

except where a greater sum is specifically provided for in any other Ordinance.
(Replaced 13 of 1995 s. 62)

[cf. 1879 c. 49 s. 4 U.K.]

Section: 98 Power to award compensation 30/06/1997


Where a magistrate makes an order under section 36(1) or convicts a person of an offence and passes such
sentence (if any) as may otherwise by law be passed, he may, in addition to the order or sentence, order the offender to
pay to any aggrieved person such compensation for-

(a) personal injury;
(b) loss of or damage to property; or
(c) both such injury and loss or damage,

not exceeding $100000, as he thinks reasonable.
(Replaced 48 of 1972 s. 4. Amended 13 of 1995 s. 63)





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Section: 99 Power to sentence person using insulting language to or
concerning magistrate

21 of 1999 11/06/1999



If any person behaves in an insulting manner or uses any threatening or insulting expression to or concerning or
in the presence of a magistrate when acting in the discharge of any magisterial duty, the magistrate may summarily
sentence the offender to a fine at level 3 and to imprisonment for 6 months.

(Amended 24 of 1949 s. 34; 51 of 1981 s. 9; 21 of 1999 s. 29)

Section: 100 Power to award compensation for malicious prosecution 30/06/1997


(1) If it appears to a magistrate that any charge or complaint was maliciously preferred without reasonable or
probable cause, the magistrate may, on the application of the person against whom the charge or complaint was made,
order the complainant to pay to that person reasonable compensation not exceeding $10000.

(2) Before making any order under subsection (1) the magistrate shall give the complainant an opportunity to
show cause why the order should not be made, and shall, if so requested by the complainant, adjourn the proceedings
in order to enable him to instruct counsel on his behalf.

(3) If any compensation ordered under subsection (1) is not paid forthwith, the magistrate may commit the
person against whom the order is made to prison in accordance with section 68.

(Replaced 13 of 1995 s. 45)

Section: 101 Imprisonment for non-payment of a pecuniary penalty or

amends awarded for an offence under the Ordinance or
any other enactment

30/06/1997



Whenever a magistrate awards a pecuniary penalty or amends for an offence under this or any other enactment
and the same is not paid forthwith, the magistrate may, in the absence of express provision to the contrary in any such
enactment, commit the offender to prison in accordance with the provisions of section 68: (Amended 30 of 1958
Schedule)

Provided that where the enactment creating the offence lays down a term of imprisonment either in addition to
any pecuniary penalty or in lieu thereof, the period of imprisonment awarded under this section shall not exceed such
a term.

(Replaced 2 of 1955 s. 5)

Section: 101A Issue of summons or warrant for non-payment of fine 30/06/1997


(1) Where under any enactment a fine is imposed by a magistrate on a person and the fine is not paid forthwith
or in such manner as may be allowed or directed, subject to such enactment, a magistrate may-

(a) issue a summons to such person to appear before a magistrate, and, if that person does not appear in
answer to the summons, issue a warrant to apprehend him; or (See Form 28)

(b) issue, in the first instance, a warrant to apprehend such person. (See Form 29)
(2) On the appearance of such person before a magistrate in consequence of a summons or warrant issued

under subsection (1), the magistrate may commit him to prison for such period as may be in accordance with the scale
provided by section 68: (See Form 60)

Provided that-
(a) where the enactment under which the fine was imposed lays down a term of imprisonment either in

addition to any pecuniary penalty or in lieu thereof, the period of imprisonment imposed under section
68 shall not exceed such a term;

(b) in respect of the non-payment of a fine by a person to whom time has been allowed for payment or
who has been directed to pay by instalments under section 41-
(i) a warrant of commitment to prison shall not be issued unless the magistrate first makes inquiry as

to his means in his presence; and (See Form 62)
(ii) after making such inquiry, the magistrate may, if he thinks fit, instead of issuing a warrant of

commitment to prison, make an order extending the time allowed for payment or varying the
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a magistrate, directed to be paid.
(Added 32 of 1966 s. 4)


Section: 102 Provisions relating to bail 30/06/1997


Bail


(1) (Repealed 56 of 1994 s. 11)
(2) Where a person is charged with an indictable offence a magistrate may admit the accused person to bail.

(Replaced 56 of 1994 s. 11)
(3) It shall be lawful for a magistrate, on issuing a warrant for the apprehension of any person charged with a

bailable offence, to certify on the warrant his consent to the accused being bailed, and thereupon it shall be lawful for
an inspector of police to admit the accused to bail. (Amended 56 of 1994 s. 11)

(4) In every case where a person charged with any bailable indictable offence is committed to prison to take his
trial for the same before the court, it shall be lawful, at any time afterwards and before the date of his trial, for the
magistrate who has signed the warrant for his commitment, in his discretion, to admit the accused to bail in manner
aforesaid; or if the committing magistrate is of opinion that the accused ought to be admitted to bail, such magistrate
shall certify on the warrant of commitment his consent to the accused being bailed and it shall be lawful for a
magistrate or for the magistrates' clerk, on production of such certificate, to admit the accused to bail in manner
aforesaid. (See Form 91) (Amended 9 of 1950 Schedule; 63 of 1971 s. 13; 50 of 1991 s. 4; 56 of 1994 s. 11; 47 of
1997 s. 10)

(5) In every case where the accused in custody is admitted to bail by a magistrate other than the committing
magistrate as aforesaid, such magistrate shall forthwith transmit the recognizance of bail to the committing magistrate
to be transmitted with the depositions. (Amended 47 of 1997 s. 10)

(Amended 24 of 1949 s. 37)

Section: 103 Warrant of deliverance where accused is in prison when

bail granted
30/06/1997



(1) In every case where a magistrate admits to bail any person who is then in prison charged with the offence
for which he is so admitted to bail, the magistrate shall send to or cause to be lodged with the Commissioner of
Correctional Services a warrant of deliverance, under his hand and seal, requiring the said Commissioner to discharge
the person so admitted to bail, if he is detained for no other offence, and, on such warrant of deliverance being
delivered to or lodged with the said Commissioner, he shall forthwith obey the same. (See Form 92)

(2) Where, however, the bail of the person in prison is taken by the magistrates' clerk in pursuance of section
102(4) a written certificate, signed by such magistrates' clerk, that the bail has been duly given shall be a good
authority to the said Commissioner to discharge the person so bailed from custody forthwith, unless he is also in
custody for some other cause. (Amended 47 of 1997 s. 10)

[cf. 1848 c. 42 s. 24 U.K.]

Section: 104 Review of decision by magistrate 30/06/1997


Rehearing


(1) Within 14 clear days after the determination in any manner by a magistrate of any matter which he has
power to determine in a summary way it shall be lawful for either party thereto to apply to the magistrate to review his
decision in the matter. (Amended 69 of 1972 s. 2)

(2) An application may be made whether by the party himself or by his counsel, and shall be made in writing to
the magistrates' clerk. (Replaced 13 of 1995 s. 64)

(3) If either party to the said matter is in the custody of the Commissioner of Correctional Services, the
magistrate shall, unless he dismisses the application forthwith, inform the Commissioner of Correctional Services in
writing that an application for a review has been made, and thereafter the Commissioner of Correctional Services shall
produce the said party whenever so required in writing by a magistrate for the purposes of the review or of the
application therefor.

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application for the review shall have been duly made in accordance with the provisions of subsections (1) and (2).
(4A) A magistrate shall not reject an application for a review without giving the applicant or his counsel an

opportunity to make representations to him in open court. (Added 13 of 1995 s. 64)
(5) It shall also be lawful for a magistrate on his own initiative, within 14 clear days after the determination in

any manner of any matter which he has power to determine in a summary way, to re-open the case, and thereafter,
whether within the said period of 14 clear days or after its expiration, to review his decision in the matter. (Amended
69 of 1972 s. 2)

(6) If the magistrate on his own initiative reviews his decision or grants an application for a review, it shall be
lawful for him upon the review to re-open and re-hear the case wholly or in part, and to take fresh evidence, and to
reverse, vary or confirm his previous decision.

(7) If the magistrate upon the review decides that the case is one which should be re-opened and wholly re-
heard and if he is of the opinion that in the interests of justice the case should be re-heard by another magistrate, it
shall be lawful for some other magistrate to re-hear and determine the case accordingly.

(8) For the purpose of the review a magistrate shall have all the powers, as to securing the attendance of the
parties and witnesses and otherwise, that he would have if the matter were brought before him as an original complaint
or information.

(9) No application for a review shall be granted and no exercise by a magistrate shall be made of the power
conferred on him by subsection (5) subsequent to the commencement of proceedings by either party with a view to
questioning the decision of the magistrate by way of appeal, mandamus or certiorari, unless such proceedings shall
have been abandoned. (Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 38)

(10) For the purpose of determining the time within which an appeal whether by way of case stated under
section 105 or under section 113 may be lodged, the determination of a case by way of review under this section or the
refusal to grant a review shall, in the event of such determination or refusal and notwithstanding anything contained in
the sections aforesaid, or in section 114 be the date as from which the respective periods for lodging an appeal shall
run but nothing in this Ordinance shall authorize an appeal, whether by way of case stated or otherwise, from the
refusal of a magistrate to grant a review. (Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 38)

Section: 104A Evidence in absence of accused in proceedings for his

return to Hong Kong
30/06/1997



Evidence in proceedings for return of fugitive offender


(1) If it is made to appear to any magistrate, by any credible person, that any person within Hong Kong is likely
to be able to give material evidence, or produce any document or thing likely to be material evidence, in any
proceedings relating to the return to Hong Kong of any person accused or convicted of an offence the magistrate shall
issue his summons to such person, under his hand and seal, requiring him to be and appear at a time and place
mentioned in the summons before a magistrate to give evidence or to produce the document or thing, and may take
depositions in the absence of the person accused in like manner as he might take the same if such person were present
and accused of an offence before him.

(2) A magistrate may enforce the attendance of a person summoned under subsection (1) in the manner
provided in Part II for enforcing the attendance of a witness.

(3) If, on the appearance of a person summoned under subsection (1), he refuses to be examined upon oath, or
refuses to take such oath or having taken such oath refuses without just excuse to answer such questions concerning
the premises as may then be put to him, the magistrate may, by warrant under his hand and seal, commit such person
to prison there to remain and be imprisoned for 2 months, unless he shall in the meantime consent to be examined and
to answer concerning the premises.

(4) In this section, "person accused or convicted of an offence" (被控人或被定罪的人) includes a person
wanted for prosecution, or for the imposition or enforcement of a sentence, in respect of an offence. (Added 23 of
1997 s. 28(2))

(Added 65 of 1977 s. 3)

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Section: 105 Application to state case on point of law L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


Appeal by way of case stated


Within 14 clear days after the hearing and determination by a magistrate of any complaint, information, charge
or other proceeding which he has power to determine in a summary way, either party thereto or any person aggrieved
thereby who desires to question by way of appeal any conviction, order, determination or other proceeding as
aforesaid on the ground that it is erroneous in point of law, or that it is in excess of jurisdiction, may apply in writing
to the magistrate to state and sign a case setting forth the facts and the grounds on which the conviction, order or
determination was granted and the grounds on which the proceeding is questioned, for the opinion of a judge. In the
case of any determination which a magistrate has power to determine in a summary way and which relates to or is
connected with an offence the Secretary for Justice shall notwithstanding that he may not be deemed to be a party,
have a similar right to apply for a case to be stated as that hereinbefore afforded to the parties and upon the exercise of
such right by the Secretary for Justice the complainant or informant shall cease to be a party to any further
proceedings. (See Forms 95, 97)

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39. Amended 69 of 1972 s. 3; 92 of 1975 s. 58; L.N. 362 of 1997)
[cf. 1857 c. 43 s. 2 U.K.; 1879 c. 49 s. 33 U.K.]


Section: 106 Transmission of case to Registrar and notice to respondent L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


The appellant shall, within 14 days after the delivery of the case to him as hereinafter mentioned, transmit the
case to the Registrar, first giving notice in writing of such appeal and sending with it a copy of the case to the other
party to the proceeding before the magistrate, hereinafter referred to as the respondent, and, in any case in which the
Secretary for Justice is neither the appellant nor deemed to be a party but is entitled to apply for a case to be stated,
also to the Secretary for Justice.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39. Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

Section: 107 Amendment of case by magistrate 30/06/1997


After the delivery of a case to the appellant as aforesaid but before the commencement of the hearing by a judge,
it shall be lawful for the magistrate on application by either party and on notice of such application to the other party
previously given, to amend the case stated and signed by him in any way he may think fit:

Provided that if the case is so amended the provisions of sections 106 and 108 shall be complied with in respect
of the amended case as if it were the case as originally delivered to the appellant and as if the delivery to the appellant
of the amended case were the delivery to him of the original case.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39)

Section: 108 Setting down case for argument L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


When the case has been transmitted to the Registrar as aforesaid, it shall be set down for argument on the request
of either party 4 clear days at least before the day appointed for argument, and shall be heard, save as hereinafter
provided, by a judge: (Amended 92 of 1975 s. 58)

Provided that the party setting down the case for argument shall give to the Secretary for Justice and the
respondent 4 clear days' notice of the day appointed therefor.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39. Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

Section: 109 Judge may send case back for amendment 30/06/1997


The judge shall have power, if he thinks fit, to cause the case stated for his opinion to be sent back to the
magistrate for amendment, and thereupon the same shall be amended accordingly, and judgment shall be delivered
after the same has been amended.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39)
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Section: 110 Giving of security by appellant and fees for appeals under
section 105

L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997



(1) The appellant shall, within 3 weeks from the making of an application under section 105, enter into a
recognizance with or without sureties as any magistrate may have directed, and in such reasonable sum as, having
regard to the purpose of the recognizance and to his means, the magistrate may have thought necessary to fix,
conditioned to prosecute his appeal with diligence to abide by and duly perform the order of the judge or Court of
Appeal and to pay such costs as may be awarded by the judge or Court of Appeal or, with the magistrate's consent, he
may, as respects the whole or any part of the sum so fixed, give such other security, by deposit of money with the
magistrates' clerk, or otherwise, as the magistrate may deem sufficient. (See Forms 98, 99)

(2) The appellant, if in custody, may, by order of a magistrate, be brought up for the purpose of entering into
the recognizance. (See Form 100)

(3) The appellant shall not be entitled to have the case delivered to him unless he completes the recognizance
within the prescribed time, and if he makes default in so doing the appeal shall be deemed to be abandoned.

(4) The appellant shall at the same time, and before he shall be entitled to have the case delivered to him, pay to
the magistrates' clerk or other proper officer, in respect of the said case and recognizance, the fees following-

1. For the recognizance................................................................................ $5.00
2. For drawing the case and copy thereof for appellant,

if not exceeding 5 folios of 72 words each ................................................ 5.00
3. Or if the case exceeds 5 folios, for every additional folio ............................ 1.00

(5) This section shall not apply where the application is made by or under the direction of the Secretary for
Justice. (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39)

Section: 111 Refusal to state or amend a case L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997


If the magistrate is of opinion that the application to state a case is merely frivolous, but not otherwise, he may
refuse to state a case and shall, on the request of the party or person applying therefor, sign and deliver to him a
certificate of such refusal, on payment of the sum of $2: (See Form 96)

Provided that the magistrate shall not refuse to state a case where the application therefor is made to him by or
under the direction of the Secretary for Justice.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39. Amended 41 of 1956 s. 3; L.N. 362 of 1997)
[cf. 1857 c. 43 s. 4 U.K.]


Section: 112 Compelling magistrate to state or amend a case 30/06/1997


Where a magistrate refuses to state a case or amend the case stated, the judge may, on the application of the
person who applied for a case to be stated or the case stated to be amended, make an order of mandamus requiring the
magistrate to state a case or amend the case stated.

(Replaced 2 of 1955 s. 6. Amended 92 of 1975 s. 58)
[cf. 1952 c. 55 s. 87(6) U.K.]


Section: 113 Right of appeal from magistrate in any matter 30/06/1997


Alternative procedure


(1) Any person aggrieved by any conviction, order or determination of a magistrate in respect of or in
connection with any offence, who did not plead guilty or admit the truth of the information or complaint, may appeal
from the conviction, order or determination, in manner hereinafter provided to a judge.
[cf. 1914 c. 58 s. 37(1) U.K.]

(2) Any person who after pleading guilty or admitting the truth of the information or complaint is convicted of
any offence by a magistrate may appeal to a judge against his sentence unless the sentence is one fixed by law.
[cf. 1925 c. 86 s. 25 U.K.]

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determine in a summary way other than a determination or proceeding relating to or in connection with an offence
either party thereto may appeal from such order or determination of such magistrate to a judge.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39. Amended 92 of 1975 s. 58)

Section: 113A Review by a judge 79 of 1995; 25 of

1998
01/07/1997



Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


(1) Where any person has been convicted by a magistrate of any offence (including an indictable offence triable
summarily), or been made the subject of any order or determination by a magistrate relating to or in connection with
an offence, the Chief Executive may, if he thinks fit, at any time thereafter either- (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(a) subject to subsection (2), refer the whole case to a judge and the case shall then be treated as an appeal
to that judge by that person; or

(b) if he desires the assistance of a judge on any point arising in the case, refer that point to a judge for that
judge's opinion thereon, and the judge shall consider the point so referred and furnish the Chief
Executive with his opinion thereon accordingly. (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(2) The Fifth Schedule shall have effect for the purpose of regulating references to a judge under subsection
(1)(a) in respect of the sections specified in that Schedule.

(3) A reference by the Chief Executive under this section- (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)
(a) may be made by him either on an application by the person referred to in subsection (1), or without

any such application; and
(b) shall be made in writing to the Registrar.

(4) For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby declared that this section also applies in a case where an appeal has
been heard and determined by the Court of Final Appeal. (Added 79 of 1995 s. 50)

(Added 12 of 1992 s. 4)

Section: 114 Procedure for appeals under section 113 prior to entry of

appeal
L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997



Where a person is authorized by section 113 to appeal to a judge, the following provisions shall apply-
(a) the appellant shall, within 14 days after the day of his conviction or the order or determination by the

magistrate or within such extended time as may be ordered upon application made in accordance with
section 114A, give to the magistrates' clerk notice in writing of his appeal, stating the general grounds
of his appeal, and signed by him or his agent on his behalf, and thereupon the magistrates' clerk shall
give a copy of such notice to the respondent and, if he is not the respondent, also to the Secretary for
Justice; (See Forms 101, 102) (Amended 6 of 1968 s. 3)

(b) when a notice of appeal has been given to the magistrates' clerk the magistrate whose conviction, order
or determination is the subject of the notice of appeal shall prepare a signed statement of his findings
on the facts and other grounds of his decision and within 15 days after the day on which the notice of
appeal was given cause a copy to be served upon the appellant and respondent and, if he is not the
respondent, also upon the Secretary for Justice; (Amended 6 of 1968 s. 3)

(c) (Repealed 13 of 1995 s. 65)
(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39. Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

[cf. 1933 c. 38 s. 1 U.K.]

Section: 114A Extension of time for giving notice of appeal under section

114
L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997



(1) Where it appears to a magistrate or to a judge, on application made in accordance with subsection (2), that
any person wishing to appeal against any conviction, order or determination by any magistrate has failed to give the
notice of appeal required by section 114 within the period of 14 days prescribed by paragraph (a) thereof, the
magistrate or the judge, as the case may be, may, on good cause being shown by the applicant, order that such notice
may be given within such further time as shall be specified in such order.



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(2) An application under subsection (1) shall be made in writing and- (See Form 103)
(a) where the application is being made to a magistrate, shall be sent by the applicant to the magistrates'

clerk; or
(b) where the application is being made to a judge, shall be sent by the applicant to the Registrar.

(3) Where an order is made under subsection (1)-
(a) the magistrates' clerk or the Registrar, as the case may be, shall give notice of the order to the applicant

and to the respondent and, if he is not the respondent, to the Secretary for Justice; and (Amended L.N.
362 of 1997)

(b) if the order was made by a judge, the Registrar shall also give notice thereof to the magistrates' clerk.
(4) An application may be made under subsection (1) to a judge notwithstanding the refusal by a magistrate of

an application thereunder.
(Added 6 of 1968 s. 4)

[cf. 1952 c. 55 s. 84 U.K.]

Section: 115 Service and notice L.N. 362 of 1997;

59 of 1999
01/07/1997



Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 59 of 1999 s. 3


General provisions as to appeals


(1) Despite the provisions of this Part it shall be unnecessary to serve any notice or document on the Secretary
for Justice if the appeal relates to any order or determination other than an order or determination relating to or in
connection with an offence. (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

(2) Any notice or document required to be served on the Secretary for Justice shall be served upon the clerk in
the Department of Justice from time to time discharging the duties of prosecution clerk or by addressing the same to
the Secretary for Justice by registered post. (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997; 59 of 1999 s. 3)

(3) Any notice or document required to be given to or served upon any other party shall be deemed to have
been duly served on such person if given to or served upon his solicitor or if dispatched by registered post addressed,
in the case of a person in prison custody, to the Commissioner of Correctional Services and, in the case of any other
person, addressed to him at his last or usual place of abode or business. A notice of document dispatched by registered
post shall be deemed to be given or received at the time when it would have been delivered in the ordinary course of
post.

(4) Where it is made to appear to a judge that for any reason any notice which is required cannot be given or
that service of any document required to be served cannot conveniently be effected in the manner hereinbefore
provided he may order that such notice be given or such document served- (Amended 92 of 1975 s. 58)

(a) by delivery thereof to some agent within Hong Kong of the person to be served, or to some other
person within Hong Kong through whom it appears in his opinion that there is a reasonable probability
that the notice or document will come to the knowledge of the person to whom notice is to be given or
upon whom the document is to be served; or (Amended 59 of 1994 s. 6)

(b) by advertisement thereof in one or more newspapers published in Hong Kong; or (Amended 59 of
1994 s. 6)

(c) by notice thereof put up at the court house or at some other place of public resort.
(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39)


Section: 116 Provision as to entry of appeal 21 of 1999 11/06/1999


(1) As soon as practicable after the appellant has lodged a notice of appeal, the magistrates' clerk shall transmit
to the Registrar the notice of appeal, the depositions and such copies thereof as the Registrar may require, and the
statement by the magistrate of his findings on the facts and other grounds of his decision, and thereupon the Registrar
shall enter the appeal, and shall in due course give notice, together with a copy of the depositions, to the appellant, to
the respondent and to the Secretary for Justice as to the date, time and place fixed for the hearing of the appeal.
(Amended L.N. 362 of 1997; 21 of 1999 s. 30)

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other security for his appearance, the clerk to the magistrate against whose decision the appeal is brought shall, before
the date fixed for the hearing of the appeal, transmit to the Registrar the recognizance, if any, and a statement as to any
other such security given by the appellant. (Amended 48 of 1949 s. 8)

(3) Where any recognizance for the purposes of such an appeal as aforesaid is entered into otherwise than
before the magistrate against whose decision the appeal is brought, or his clerk, the officer concerned in the taking of
the recognizance shall forthwith transmit it to the clerk to such magistrate.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39)
[cf. 1933 c. 38 s. 3 U.K.]


Section: 117 Abandonment of appeal 30/06/1997


(1) In the case of an appeal under section 105 or 113 the appellant may at any time, not less than 2 clear days
before the date fixed for the hearing, abandon the appeal by giving notice in writing to the clerk of the magistrate
against whose decision the appeal is brought, and, if he gives such notice, the clerk shall forthwith give notice of the
abandonment to the respondent and to the Registrar.

(2) Where an appeal has been abandoned-
(a) any magistrate may issue process for enforcing the decision against which the appeal was brought,

subject to anything already suffered or done thereunder by the appellant; and
(b) any magistrate may, on the application of the respondent, order the appellant to pay to him such costs

as the Registrar shall determine to be just and reasonable in respect of expenses properly incurred by
him in connection with the appeal before notice of the abandonment was given to him; and

(c) any recognizance entered into in connection with the appeal shall be dealt with by a magistrate instead
of by the judge, and accordingly the Registrar shall retransmit any such recognizance to the
magistrates' clerk, and the provisions of subsections (1) and (3) of section 65 (except the words from
"and paying or giving security" to the end of the said subsection (1)) shall apply in relation to any such
recognizance as they apply to such recognizances as are mentioned therein, but any condition for the
appearance of the appellant at the hearing of the appeal shall be deemed to be performed if he duly
surrenders himself.

(3) The payment of any costs ordered to be paid under subsection (2) may be enforced as a civil debt
recoverable on a magistrate's summons by the party to whom they are ordered to be paid, and shall not be enforced in
any other manner.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39)
[cf. 1933 c. 38 s. 4 U.K.]


Section: 118 Procedure on hearing appeal L.N. 232 of 2015 01/02/2016


(1) In the case of any appeal to which section 105 or 113 applies-
(a) the depositions taken before the magistrate or a certified copy thereof shall, without prejudice to any

other method of proof, be admissible as evidence of the evidence which was given and of the
statements which were made before the magistrate, and generally that the proceedings therein recorded
took place;

(b) when the appeal comes on for hearing the appellant shall be first heard in support of the appeal, the
respondent if present and if he so desires shall be heard against it and the appellant thereafter shall be
entitled to reply. If the judge thinks additional evidence to be necessary he may receive such evidence,
and for that purpose shall have the like powers under subsections (1) and (6) to (17) of section 83V of
the Criminal Procedure Ordinance (Cap 221) that the Court of Appeal would have had if the appeal
had been an appeal to which that section applied, and the judge may issue any process necessary for
enforcing the exercise of such powers; (Amended 34 of 1972 s. 22; 23 of 2003 s. 11 and 24)

(c) the appeal shall not operate as a stay of execution except in the case of-
(i) (Repealed 13 of 1995 s. 2)
(ii) an order for payment of compensation; (Replaced 36 of 1976 s. 14)

(d) the judge may reserve the appeal, or any point in the appeal for the consideration of the Court of
Appeal, or may direct the appeal, or point in the appeal, to be argued before the Court of Appeal; and
the Court of Appeal shall have power to hear and determine any such appeal or point so reserved or so
directed to be argued and may in connection therewith exercise all or any of the powers conferred on a



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judge by this Part or may remit the matter to the judge with the opinion or decision of the Court of
Appeal and may also make any such other order in relation to the matter and such orders as to costs as
to the Court of Appeal shall seem fit; (Amended 92 of 1975 s. 58) [cf. 1857 c. 43 s. 6 U.K.; 1873 c.
66 s. 46 U.K.]

(e) the powers and duties of a judge shall be exercised and performed by the Chief Judge of the High
Court or by such one of the judges as the Chief Judge of the High Court shall from time to time
appoint; (Amended 92 of 1975 s. 58; 79 of 1995 s. 50; 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(f) if any step in or in connection with any appeal or intended appeal is rendered impossible by the death,
absence or incapacity of a magistrate, a judge upon motion shall have power for good cause to order
that the case be heard de novo by a magistrate and the case shall be so heard accordingly. (Amended
92 of 1975 s. 58)

(2) Either party to any appeal under section 105 or 113 may be heard in person or by any barrister and in any
appeal under section 113(1) and (2), not being appeals reserved for hearing or directed to be argued before the Court
of Appeal, either party may be heard by any counsel.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39)

Section: 119 Release from custody by a magistrate and powers of the

judge on appeal
30/06/1997



(1) In the case of any appeal to which section 105 or 113 applies-
(a) where an appellant is in custody, any magistrate may, if he thinks fit, release him from custody on his

complying with the provisions of sections 110 and 114 relating to entering into recognizances, if he
has not already done so, and may admit him to bail. (See Forms 98, 99) (Amended 56 of 1994 s. 11)

(b) recognizances for the purpose of section 110 or 114 and this section may, if it be convenient, be
combined in one recognizance;

(c) the judge may from time to time adjourn the hearing of any appeal;
(d) the judge may by his order confirm, reverse or vary the magistrate's decision or may direct that the

case shall be heard de novo by a magistrate or may remit the matter with his opinion thereon to a
magistrate, or may make such other order in the matter as he thinks just, and by such order exercise
any power which the magistrate might have exercised; and any decision or order made by the judge
shall have the like effect and may be enforced in the like manner as if it had been made by the
magistrate;

(e) the powers of the judge under paragraph (d) shall be construed as including power to award any
punishment, whether more or less severe than that awarded by the magistrate, which the magistrate
might have awarded;

(f) the Registrar shall send to the magistrates' clerk, for entry in his record, a memorandum of the judge's
decision, and shall endorse a like memorandum on the conviction, and whenever any copy or
certificate of the conviction is made, a copy of the memorandum shall be added thereto and shall be
sufficient evidence of the judge's decision in every case where the copy or certificate would be
sufficient evidence of the conviction; (Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39)

(g) where an appellant has been convicted of an offence and the magistrate could on the complaint or
information have found him guilty of some other offence, the judge may, if he considers that the
magistrate must have been satisfied of facts which proved the appellant guilty of that other offence,
substitute for the conviction recorded by the magistrate a conviction of that other offence and pass
such sentence in substitution for the sentence passed by the magistrate as may be warranted in law for
that other offence. (Added 49 of 1965 s. 20)


Section: 120 Provisions as to costs 30/06/1997


(1) On any appeal to which section 105 or 113 applies, the judge may make such orders as to costs, as he may
think fit, and may-

(a) where he allows the appeal, direct that there shall be included in any costs to be paid by the respondent
to the appellant the costs properly incurred by the appellant in the proceedings before the magistrate, or
such fixed sum as the judge may consider reasonable in respect of the costs so incurred by him;

(b) in any case, in which the appeal is from an order or determination in respect of or in connection with



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an offence, in lieu of directing a taxation of costs, fix the sum to be paid by way of costs by either
party to the appeal,

and in fixing, for the purposes of this subsection, the amount of any costs to be paid to a party to an appeal shall have
regard to his means.

(2) (Repealed 39 of 1996 s. 24)
(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39)

[cf. 1933 c. 38 s. 5 U.K.]

Section: 121 Provisions as to forfeited recognizances 30/06/1997


Expanded Cross Reference:

110, 111, 112, 113, 113A, 113B, 113C



(1) The following provisions of this section shall have effect in any case where a recognizance entered into in
connection with any appeal to which this Ordinance applies has become forfeited.

(2) (a) The Registrar shall, during or after the hearing of the appeal, make out a list or lists of persons bound
by such recognizance and, if he is able to do so, state the cause why each such person has therein made
default.

(b) The list or lists so made shall be examined, and, if necessary corrected and signed by the judge, and
shall be delivered by the Registrar to the bailiff of the court or his deputy, and thereupon payment of
the sum due by the recognizance shall, save as hereinafter in this section provided, be enforced in the
manner provided for the enforcing of recognizances by sections 110 to 113 of the Criminal Procedure
Ordinance (Cap 221).

(3) The judge may, in lieu of signing a list in accordance with subsection (2), make an order wholly discharging
the recognizance.

(4) The judge, unless he makes an order wholly discharging the recognizance-
(a) shall, at the time when he signs as aforesaid, make an order fixing the term of imprisonment which the

person bound by the recognizance is to undergo if any sum due in respect thereof is not duly paid and
cannot be recovered by distress; and

(b) may at the same time make an order directing that the sum due in respect of the recognizance be paid
on some future date specified in the order, or that the said sum be paid by instalments of such amount,
on such dates respectively, as he may specify in such order.

(5) Any order under subsection (4)(b) postponing the payment of any sum due in respect of a recognizance,
shall operate as a direction to the Registrar to proceed with the enforcement of payment of the sum due in respect of
the recognizance only if and when default is made in complying with the order.

(6) The Registrar shall enter upon the record any order made by the judge under this section.
(7) The powers conferred by this section shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of any other powers

conferred by this or any other Ordinance, and this section shall not, save as otherwise expressly provided therein, be
taken to affect the law relating to the procedure for enforcing recognizances.

(Added 24 of 1949 s. 39)
[cf. 1933 c. 38 s. 6 U.K.]



Section: 122 Treatment of appellants pending appeal or re-hearing 30/06/1997


(1) A judge may, on the application of an appellant who is in custody, order the appellant to be brought up to
the court in custody for the purpose of attending his appeal or any application or any proceeding therein.

(2) Without prejudice to subsection (1), a judge may, on the application of an appellant who is in custody,
admit the appellant to bail pending the determination of his appeal or any proceeding therein.

(3) The time during which an appellant is held in custody pending the determination of his appeal or any
application or proceeding therein shall, subject to any direction which a judge may give to the contrary, be reckoned as
part of the term of any sentence to which he is for the time being subject.

(4) Where an appellant is admitted to bail under subsection (2) or under section 119(a), the time during which
he is at large after being so admitted shall not be reckoned as part of the term of any sentence to which he is for the
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(5) The term of any sentence passed by a judge on an appeal shall, unless a judge otherwise directs, begin to
run from the time when it would have begun to run if passed in the proceedings from which the appeal lies.

(6) Section 119(a) and subsections (1) to (5) of this section shall apply to the case of a review under the
provisions of section 104, in like manner as if the convicted person were an appellant, save that references to a judge
shall be construed as references to the magistrate and references to an appeal shall be construed as references to a
review.

(Replaced 58 of 1974 s. 3)

Section: 123 Right of Secretary for Justice to substitute himself as a

party in appeals in certain cases
L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997



In the case of any appeal to which section 105 or 113 applies from a determination relating to or connected with
an offence it shall be lawful for the Secretary for Justice, if he is not already a party to cause himself to be substituted
as a party in lieu of the complainant or informant at any time before the date fixed for the hearing of the appeal by
notice in writing to such complainant or informant and to the Registrar and thereupon such complainant or informant
shall cease to be a party to any further proceedings and the Secretary for Justice shall be deemed to be a party.

(Replaced 24 of 1949 s. 39. Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

Section: 124 Provisions for costs in cases where the Secretary for

Justice has intervened
L.N. 362 of 1997 01/07/1997



Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 14 and 123 a complainant or informant shall remain liable to pay and
be entitled to recover, as the case may be, the costs incurred prior to the date when he ceases to be a party to the
proceedings by reason of the intervention of the Secretary for Justice, and in making any order as to costs a magistrate
and the court shall have regard to such intervention and may in his or their discretion and in such manner as he or they
may think fit apportion the right to recover costs or the liability to pay costs, as the case may be, between such
complainant or informant and the Secretary for Justice:

Provided that no order shall be made which would result in a defendant being called upon to pay by way of costs
a greater sum than would have been payable had intervention not taken place.

(Added 9 of 1950 Schedule. Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

Part: VIII PROTECTION OF MAGISTRATES 30/06/1997




Section: 125 Action against magistrate for act within his jurisdiction 30/06/1997


In every action brought against any magistrate for any act done by him in the execution of his duty as such
magistrate, with respect to any matter within his jurisdiction as such magistrate, it shall be expressly alleged that such
act was done maliciously and without reasonable and probable cause; and if at the trial of any such action the plaintiff
fails to prove such allegation, he shall be nonsuit or the judgment or verdict, as the case may be, shall be for the
defendant.

[cf. 1848 c. 44 s. 1 U.K.]

Section: 126 Action for act done without or in excess of jurisdiction 30/06/1997


(1) For any act done by a magistrate in a matter over which by law he has no jurisdiction or in which he has
exceeded his jurisdiction, any person injured thereby, or by any act done under any conviction or order made or
warrant issued by the magistrate in any such matter, may maintain an action against the magistrate in the same form
and in the same case as he might have done before the commencement of this Ordinance, without making any
allegation in his pleadings that the act complained of was done maliciously and without reasonable and probable
cause:

Provided, nevertheless, that no such action shall be brought for anything done under such conviction or order
until after such conviction or order has been quashed, either on appeal to the Court of Appeal or on application to the
court, nor shall any such action be brought for anything done under any such warrant which has been issued by the



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magistrate to procure the appearance of such party, and which has been followed by a conviction or order in the same
matter, until after such conviction or order has been so quashed as aforesaid; or if such last-mentioned warrant has not
been followed by any such conviction or order, or if it is a warrant on an information for an alleged indictable offence,
nevertheless, if a summons was issued previously to the warrant, and such summons was served on such person, either
personally or by leaving the same for him with some person at his last or most usual place of abode, and he did not
appear according to the exigency of the summons, in such case no such action shall be maintained against the
magistrate for anything done under warrant.

(2) In any action under this section it shall be a good defence that the act complained of was not done
maliciously and without reasonable and probable cause, and the onus of proving the same shall rest with the
magistrate. (Added 2 of 1955 s. 9)

(3) Save under and in accordance with the provisions of this section no action shall lie in any civil court against
a magistrate for any act done in a matter over which by law he has no jurisdiction or in which he has exceeded his
jurisdiction. (Added 2 of 1955 s. 9)

[cf. 1848 c. 44 s. 2 U.K.]

Section: 127 Action to be against convicting magistrate 30/06/1997


Where a conviction or order is made by one magistrate and a warrant of distress or of commitment is granted
thereon by another magistrate bona fide and without collusion, no action shall be brought against the magistrate who
so granted the warrant by reason of any defect in the conviction or order, or for any want of jurisdiction in the
magistrate who made the same, but the action, if any, shall be brought against the magistrate who made the conviction
or order.

[cf. 1848 c. 44 s. 3 U.K.]

Section: 128 Compelling magistrate to do act and immunity for doing it 25 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


In all cases where a magistrate refuses to do any act relating to the duties of his office, it shall be lawful for the
party requiring the act to be done to apply to the Court of First Instance for an order of mandamus, and if the court
make the order, no action or proceeding whatsoever shall be commenced or prosecuted against the magistrate for
having obeyed the order.

(Replaced 30 of 1958 s. 9. Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)
[cf. 1938 c. 63 s. 19(1) & Second Schedule U.K.]


Section: 129 After appeal no action for anything done under warrant

upon it
30/06/1997



In any case where a warrant of distress or warrant of commitment is granted by a magistrate on any conviction
or order which, either before or after the granting of such warrant, has been or is confirmed on appeal, no action shall
be brought against the magistrate who so granted the warrant for anything which may have been done under the same
by reason of any defect in the conviction or order.

[cf. 1848 c. 44 s. 6 U.K.]

Section: 130 Setting aside of action prohibited by the Ordinance 30/06/1997


In any case where by this Ordinance it is enacted that no action shall be brought in particular circumstances, if
any such action is brought, it shall be lawful for a judge, on summons taken out by the defendant and on an affidavit of
facts, to set aside the proceedings in the action, with or without costs, as to him may seem meet.

[cf. 1848 c. 44 s. 7 U.K.]




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Section: 131 Provisions as to limitation of actions, costs, tender,
payment and notice

30/06/1997



Where any action is brought against any magistrate for any act done by him in a matter over which by law he has
no jurisdiction or in which he has exceeded his jurisdiction, or in respect of any alleged neglect or default in the
exercise of his jurisdiction, the following provisions shall apply-

(a) the action shall not lie or be instituted, unless, it is commenced within 6 months next after the act,
neglect or default complained of, or, in case of a continuance of injury or damage, within 6 months
next after the ceasing thereof;

(b) whenever in any action a judgment is obtained by the defendant it shall carry costs to be taxed as
between solicitor and client;

(c) in any action tender of amends before the action was commenced may, in lieu of or in addition to any
other plea, be pleaded. If the action was commenced after the tender, or is proceeded with after
payment into court of any money in satisfaction of the plaintiff's claim, and the plaintiff does not
recover more than the sum tendered or paid, he shall not recover any costs incurred after the tender or
payment, and the defendant shall be entitled to costs, to be taxed as between solicitor and client, as
from the time of the tender or payment;

(d) if, in the opinion of the court, the plaintiff has not given the defendant a sufficient opportunity of
tendering amends, before the commencement of the action, the court may award to the defendant costs
to be taxed as between solicitor and client.

[cf. 1893 c. 61 s. 1 U.K.]

Section: 132 Amount of damages in certain cases 30/06/1997


In any case where the plaintiff in any such action is entitled to recover, and he proves the levying or payment of
any fine or sum of money under any conviction or order as part of the damages which he seeks to recover, or if he
proves that he was imprisoned under such conviction or order, and seeks to recover damages for such imprisonment,
he shall not be entitled to recover the amount of such fine or sum so levied or paid, or any sum beyond the sum of 5
cents as damages for such imprisonment, or any costs of suit whatsoever, if it is proved that he was actually guilty of
the offence of which he was so convicted, or that he was liable by law to pay the sum which he was so ordered to pay,
and (with respect to such imprisonment) that he had undergone no greater punishment than that assigned by law for
the offence of which he was so convicted or for non-payment of the sum which he was so ordered to pay.

[cf. 1848 c. 44 s. 13 U.K.]

Part: IX MISCELLANEOUS 30/06/1997


(Part IX replaced 32 of 1966 s. 5)

Section: 133 Rules 30/06/1997


The Chief Justice, with the approval by resolution of the Legislative Council, may make rules for the carrying
into effect of this Ordinance and for any matter ancillary thereto.

Section: 134 Regulations as to costs and fees 30/06/1997


(1) The Chief Justice, with the approval by resolution of the Legislative Council, may make regulations-
(a) as to the fees to be taken (if any) at the magistrates' court in respect of any proceedings or of the

issuing, service or execution of any process or otherwise;
(b) as to the costs (if any) to be allowed for the attendance of witnesses or for legal assistance or

otherwise;
(c) fixing a scale of such fees and costs;
(d) exempting any particular class of cases from the payment of any such fees or costs;
(e) as to the fees to be taken for the supply of copies of minutes and extracts from registers under section

35A. (Added 14 of 1979 s. 4)



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(2) A table of the fees and costs for the time being in force shall be hung up in some conspicuous part of the
magistrates' court.

(3) A magistrate may refuse to do any act for which any fee is payable unless such fee has been paid, and,
where any such act is done and the fee due thereon remains unpaid, any magistrate may summon the person from
whom such fee is due and the fee may be recovered in the manner provided in this Ordinance for the recovery of a
fine.

Section: 135 Amendment of First Schedule and Fourth Schedule 25 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


The Chief Executive in Council may by order amend the First Schedule and the Fourth Schedule.
(Amended 59 of 1972 s. 3; 25 of 1998 s. 2)

(Part IX replaced 32 of 1966 s. 5)

Schedule: 1 (Repealed 59 of 1994 s. 5) 30/06/1997




Schedule: 2 25 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


[sections 91 & 92]
(Amended 30 of 1958 s. 12)


PART I


1. Any offence which is punishable with death.


2. Any offence (except an offence against section 10 or 12 of the Theft Ordinance (Cap 210), or an offence

against Part VIII of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap 200)) which is punishable with imprisonment for life. (Amended 30
of 1958 Schedule; 58 of 1967 s. 4; 21 of 1970 s. 35; 91 of 1970 s. 6; 48 of 1972 s. 4)


3. Any offence against section 21 or 22 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap 200).

4. Misprision of treason.

5. Any offence against Part I or Part II of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap 200). (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

6. Blasphemy and offences against religion.

7. Composing, printing or publishing blasphemous, seditious or defamatory libels, except as provided by

section 16 of the Defamation Ordinance (Cap 21).

8. Genocide and any conspiracy or incitement to commit genocide. (Added 52 of 1969 s. 4)

9. Torture. (Added 11 of 1993 s. 9)




PART II


1. Perjury and subornation of perjury.




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2. Making or suborning any other person to make a false oath punishable as perjury. (Amended 50 of 1991 s.
4)


3. Any offence against the provisions of the laws relating to bankrupts.

4. Bigamy.

5. Bribery. (Replaced 24 of 1950 Schedule)

6. (Repealed 48 of 1972 s. 4)

7. An offence against section 22(1) of the Theft Ordinance (Cap 210). (Replaced 21 of 1970 s. 35)




PART III [section 88]


1. Any offence which is punishable with death.

2. Any offence which is punishable with imprisonment for life except an offence against section 37C, 37D,

37O or 37P of the Immigration Ordinance (Cap 115), an offence against section 53 or 123 of the Crimes Ordinance
(Cap 200), an offence against Part VIII of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap 200), an offence against section 4 or 6 of the
Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap 134), an offence against section 10 or 12 of the Theft Ordinance (Cap 210), section
17, 28 or 29 of the Offences against the Person Ordinance (Cap 212) or section 16, 17 or 18 of the Firearms and
Ammunition Ordinance (Cap 238). (Replaced 49 of 1965 s. 21. Amended L.N. 165 of 1967; 41 of 1968 s. 59; 21 of
1970 s. 35; 48 of 1972 s. 4; 25 of 1978 s. 6; 59 of 1980 s. 2; 68 of 1981 s. 56; 59 of 1984 s. 7; 52 of 1992 s. 11)


3. Any offence against section 21 or 22 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap 200).

4. Misprision of treason.

5. Any offence against Part I or Part II of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap 200). (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

6. Blasphemy and offences against religion.

7. Composing, printing or publishing blasphemous, seditious or defamatory libels.

8. Genocide and any conspiracy or incitement to commit genocide. (Added 52 of 1969 s. 4)

(Part III added 2 of 1953 s. 4)
(Second Schedule replaced 24 of 1949 Schedule)


Schedule: 3 Offences to which Defendant May Plead Guilty by Letter E.R. 3 of 2015 12/11/2015


[section 18E(1)]

1. Summary Offences
Any offence against section 4(11) or section 4A (Obstruction of public places) or section 13(1) (Making noise at

night) of the Summary Offences Ordinance (Cap 228).
(Replaced 58 of 1967 s. 5)


2. Rabies
An offence against section 23 Dogs to be kept under control) of the Rabies Ordinance (Cap 421) or section 20

(Dogs to be licensed) of the Rabies Regulation (Cap 421 sub. leg. A).
(Replaced L.N. 8 of 1995)


3. Road Traffic



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(1) Any offence against section 41(1), 42(2), 46, 48, 50, 51, 52(1) or 52(2) of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap
374).

(2) Any offence against the Road Traffic (Construction and Maintenance of Vehicles) Regulations (Cap 374
sub. leg. A).

(3) Any offence against the Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg. B).
(4) Any offence against the Road Traffic (Parking) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg. C).
(5) Any offence against the Road Traffic (Registration and Licensing of Vehicles) Regulations (Cap 374 sub.

leg. E), other than a contravention of regulation 29.
(6) An offence against the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg. G), other than a

contravention of regulation 53 or 54.
(7) Any offence against the Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg. D).
(8) Any offence against the Road Traffic (Safety Equipment) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg. F).
(9) Any offence against the Road Traffic (Village Vehicles) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg. N). (Added L.N.

18 of 1987)
(Replaced L.N. 229 of 1984)


4. Public Health and Urban Services
Any offence against section 9 (Prevention of obstruction) of the Public Markets Regulation (Cap 132 sub. leg.

BO).
(Amended 10 of 1986 s. 32; 78 of 1999 s. 7; L.N. 150 of 2014)


5. Tramway

(1) Any offence against rule 5 of the Tramway Working Rules (Cap 107 sub. leg.)*.
(2) Any contravention of the Road Traffic (Road Crossing) Regulations (Cap 220 sub. leg.)+ that is an offence

under regulation 13 of the said Regulations by virtue of rule 6 of the Tramway Working Rules (Cap 107
sub. leg.)*.

(Added L.N. 58 of 1965)

6. (Repealed L.N. 198 of 1999)

7. Government Tunnels

Any offence against the Road Tunnels (Government) Regulations (Cap 368 sub. leg. A).
(Replaced L.N. 151 of 1989)


8. (Repealed 23 of 2002 s. 89)

9. Immigration

An offence against section 17C(3) of the Immigration Ordinance (Cap 115).
(Added L.N. 317 of 1980)


10. Registration of Persons
An offence against regulation 11(2A) of the Registration of Persons Regulations (Cap 177 sub. leg. A).

(Added L.N. 317 of 1980)

11. Housing (Traffic)
An offence against by-law 8(1)(a), 8(1)(b), 25(1)(a) or 25(1)(b) of the Housing (Traffic) By-laws (Cap 283 sub.

leg. A).
(Added L.N. 80 of 1993)


12. Smoking (Public Health)

An offence against section 3(2) or 4(1) of the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance (Cap 371).
(Added L.N. 229 of 1995)


13. Eastern Harbour Crossing

Any offence against the Eastern Harbour Crossing Road Tunnel By-laws (Cap 215 sub. leg. E).



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(Added L.N. 356 of 1997)

14. Tate's Cairn Tunnel

Any offence against the Tate's Cairn Tunnel By-laws (Cap 393 sub. leg. B).
(Added L.N. 356 of 1997)


15. Western Harbour Crossing

Any offence against the Western Harbour Crossing Bylaw (Cap 436 sub. leg. D).
(Added L.N. 356 of 1997)


16. Tsing Ma Control Area

(1) Any offence against the Tsing Ma Control Area (General) Regulation (Cap 498 sub. leg. B).
(2) Any offence against the Tsing Ma Control Area (Tolls, Fees and Charges) Regulation (Cap 498 sub. leg.

A).
(Added L.N. 356 of 1997)


17. Tai Lam Tunnel and Yuen Long Approach Road

Any offence against the Tai Lam Tunnel and Yuen Long Approach Road Bylaw (Cap 474 sub. leg. C).
(Added 29 of 1999 s. 2)


18. Tsing Sha Control Area

(1) Any offence against the Tsing Sha Control Area (General) Regulation (Cap 594 sub. leg. A).
(2) Any offence against the Tsing Sha Control Area (Tolls, Fees and Charges) Regulation (Cap 594 sub. leg.

B).
(Added L.N. 63 of 2008)

(Third Schedule added 55 of 1961 s. 4. Amended E.R. 3 of 2015)
(Format changes—E.R. 3 of 2015)

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Note:
* Repealed-See L.N. 220 of 1986
+ Repealed-See L.N. 292 of 1983

Schedule: 4 L.N. 21 of 2005 04/03/2005


[sections 8A & 135]


Public Officer Offences
Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department

(Amended L.N. 331 of 1999)
(i) Forestry Officer
(ii) Field Officer
(iii) Field Assistant
(iv) Forest Guard
(v) Agricultural Officer
(vi) Fisheries Officer
(vii) Fisheries Supervisor
(viii) Veterinary Officer


(a) Any offence under the Public Cleansing and

Prevention of Nuisances Regulation (Cap 132 sub.
leg. BK). (Replaced 78 of 1999 s. 7)

(b) (Repealed 78 of 1999 s. 7)

(i) Forestry Officer
(ii) Field Officer
(iii) Field Assistant
(iv) Forest Guard

(c) Any offence under the Country Parks and Special
Areas Regulations (Cap 208 sub. leg. A).

(i) Fisheries Officer
(ii) Senior Fisheries Supervisor
(iii) Fisheries Supervisor I
(iv) Fisheries Supervisor II

(d) Any offence under section 4D(1) of the Summary
Offences Ordinance (Cap 228).



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Fire Services Department
(i) Divisional Officer
(ii) Assistant Divisional Officer
(iii) Senior Station Officer
(iv) Station Officer


(a) Any offence under the Public Cleansing and

Prevention of Nuisances Regulation (Cap 132 sub.
leg. BK). (Replaced 78 of 1999 s. 7)

(b) (Repealed 78 of 1999 s. 7)
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
(i) Senior Overseer
(ii) Overseer
(iii) Senior Foreman
(iv) Foreman
(v) Health Inspector
(vi) Principal Hawker Control Officer
(vii) Chief Hawker Control Officer
(viii) Senior Hawker Control Officer
(ix) Hawker Control Officer
(x) Assistant Hawker Control Officer


(a) Any offence under Part III of the Public Health and

Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132).

(i) Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene
(ii) Deputy Director of Food and Environmental

Hygiene
(iii) Assistant Director
(iv) Senior Overseer
(v) Overseer
(vi) Senior Foreman
(vii) Foreman
(viii) Health Inspector
(ix) Transport Supervisor
(x) Principal Hawker Control Officer
(xi) Chief Hawker Control Officer
(xii) Senior Hawker Control Officer
(xiii) Hawker Control Officer
(xiv) Assistant Hawker Control Officer

(b) Any offence under the Public Cleansing and
Prevention of Nuisances Regulation (Cap 132 sub.
leg. BK).



(i) Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene
(ii) Deputy Director of Food and Environmental

Hygiene
(iii) Assistant Director
(iv) Senior Overseer
(v) Overseer
(vi) Senior Foreman
(vii) Foreman
(viii) Health Inspector
(ix) Principal Hawker Control Officer
(x) Chief Hawker Control Officer
(xi) Senior Hawker Control Officer
(xii) Hawker Control Officer
(xiii) Assistant Hawker Control Officer

(c) Any offence under section 4D(1) of the Summary
Offences Ordinance (Cap 228). (Added 78 of 1999
s. 7)

Highways Department
(i) Senior Engineer
(ii) Engineer
(iii) Assistant Engineer
(iv) Chief Technical Officer
(v) Inspector of Works I
(vi) Inspector of Works II
(vii) Assistant Inspector of Works


(a) Any offence under the Public Cleansing and

Prevention of Nuisances Regulation (Cap 132 sub.
leg. BK). (Replaced 78 of 1999 s. 7)

(b) (Repealed 78 of 1999 s. 7)


Housing Department



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(i) Housing Manager
(ii) Assistant Housing Manager
(iii) Housing Officer (Amended L.N. 109 of 1990)

(a) Any offence under the Public Cleansing and
Prevention of Nuisances Regulation (Cap 132 sub.
leg. BK). (Replaced 78 of 1999 s. 7)

(b) (Repealed 78 of 1999 s. 7)
Labour Department
(i) Factory Inspector
(ii) Factory Inspector I
(iii) Factory Inspector II
(iv) Labour Inspector I
(v) Labour Inspector II


(a) Any offence under the Public Cleansing and

Prevention of Nuisances Regulation (Cap 132 sub.
leg. BK). (Replaced 78 of 1999 s. 7)

(b) (Repealed 78 of 1999 s. 7)

Lands Department (Amended L.N. 283 of 1993)
(i) Senior Land Executive
(ii) Land Executive
(iii) Senior Survey Officer (Estate)


(a) Any offence under the Public Cleansing and

Prevention of Nuisances Regulation (Cap 132 sub.
leg. BK). (Replaced 78 of 1999 s. 7)

(b) (Repealed 78 of 1999 s. 7)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
(i) Amenities Officer I
(ii) Amenities Officer II
(iii) Senior Amenities Assistant
(iv) Amenities Assistant I
(v) Amenities Assistant II
(vi) Amenities Assistant III
(vii) Assistant Recreation and Sport Officer II
(viii) Chief Leisure Services Manager
(ix) Senior Leisure Services Manager
(x) Leisure Services Manager
(xi) Assistant Leisure Services Manager I
(xii) Assistant Leisure Services Manager II


(a) Any offence under Part III of the Public Health and

Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132).

(i) Amenities Officer I
(ii) Amenities Officer II
(iii) Senior Amenities Assistant
(iv) Amenities Assistant I
(v) Amenities Assistant II
(vi) Amenities Assistant III
(vii) Chief Curator
(viii) Curator
(ix) Assistant Curator I
(x) Assistant Curator II
(xi) Chief Librarian
(xii) Senior Librarian
(xiii) Librarian
(xiv) Assistant Librarian
(xv) Chief Manager, Cultural Services
(xvi) Senior Manager, Cultural Services
(xvii) Manager, Cultural Services
(xviii) Assistant Manager, Cultural Services
(xix) Assistant Recreation and Sport Officer II
(xx) Chief Leisure Services Manager
(xxi) Senior Leisure Services Manager
(xxii) Leisure Services Manager
(xxiii) Assistant Leisure Services Manager I
(xxiv) Assistant Leisure Services Manager II

(b) Any offence under the Public Cleansing and
Prevention of Nuisances Regulation (Cap 132 sub.
leg. BK).

(i) Amenities Officer I
(ii) Amenities Officer II

(c) Any offence under section 4D(1) of the Summary
Offences Ordinance (Cap 228).



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(iii) Senior Amenities Assistant
(iv) Amenities Assistant I
(v) Amenities Assistant II
(vi) Amenities Assistant III
(vii) Assistant Recreation and Sport Officer II
(viii) Chief Leisure Services Manager
(ix) Senior Leisure Services Manager
(x) Leisure Services Manager
(xi) Assistant Leisure Services Manager I
(xii) Assistant Leisure Services Manager II

(Replaced L.N. 21 of 2005)

Marine Department
(i) Marine Officer
(ii) Assistant Marine Officer
(iii) Marine Inspector I
(iv) Marine Inspector II


(a) Any offence under the Public Cleansing and

Prevention of Nuisances Regulation (Cap 132 sub.
leg. BK). (Replaced 78 of 1999 s. 7)

(b) (Repealed 78 of 1999 s. 7)
(c) Any offence under section 4D(1) of the Summary

Offences Ordinance (Cap 228).
Transport Department
(i) Transport Controller I
(ii) Transport Controller II
(iii) Transport Assistant I

(a) Any offence under the Public Cleansing and
Prevention of Nuisances Regulation (Cap 132 sub.
leg. BK). (Replaced 78 of 1999 s. 7)

(iv) Transport Assistant II (b) (Repealed 78 of 1999 s. 7)
(Fourth Schedule replaced L.N. 407 of 1987. Amended L.N. 131 of 1996; L.N. 339 of 1996; 21 of 1999 s. 32;
78 of 1999 s. 7)


Schedule: 5 REFERENCES TO A JUDGE L.N. 362 of 1997;

25 of 1998
01/07/1997



Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 25 of 1998 s. 2


[section 113A(2)]


PART I


PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

1. Subject to paragraph 2, where the Chief Executive has referred a whole case to a judge under section 113A(1)(a)
the case shall be treated for all purposes as an appeal to the judge under section 113(1) or (2), as the case may be, by
the person in respect of whom the case is referred. (Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

2. The provisions of Part VII of the Ordinance shall, subject to the modifications set out in Part II of this Schedule,
apply to any reference of a case ("the reference") by the Chief Executive treated as an appeal under paragraph 1.
(Amended 25 of 1998 s. 2)

3. The Registrar, on receipt of the reference, shall-

(a) enter the reference as an appeal ("the appeal") under section 113(1) or (2), as the case may be;
(b) subject to paragraph 4, require the magistrate ("original magistrate") before whom the person referred

to in section 113A(1) appeared or, if the original magistrate is dead or is no longer present in Hong
Kong, some other magistrate, so far as may be practicable to prepare and transmit to him within 15
days of his request a signed statement of the findings ("statement of findings") of the original
magistrate on the facts and other grounds of the original magistrate's decision;

(c) give notice to the parties to the appeal and, if he is not a party, to the Secretary for Justice as to the
date, time and place fixed for the hearing of the appeal; and (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

(d) as soon as practicable thereafter, provide the parties to the appeal and, if he is not a party, the Secretary



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for Justice with copies of the statement of findings together with any minute taken under section 34(1)
in respect of any proceedings comprising the subject of the appeal. (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)


4. Any signed statement of a magistrate prepared under section 114(b) at any time before the date of receipt of the
reference by the Registrar comprising the subject of the appeal shall be treated as a statement of findings for the
purposes of paragraph 3(b).


PART II


MODIFICATIONS TO PART VII OF THE ORDINANCE


Section Modification
105 Omit.
106 Omit.
107 Omit.
108 Omit.
109 Omit.
110 Omit.
111 Omit.
112 Omit.
113(3) Omit.
114 Omit.
114A Omit.
115(1) Omit.
116 Omit.
117 Omit.
118(1) For "105 or 113" substitute "113(1) or (2)".
118(1)(b) For "appellant" where it first occurs substitute "person ("the appellant") in respect of whom

the case is referred to a judge under section 113A(1)(a)".
118(2) Omit and substitute-

"(2) Either party to an appeal under section 113(1) or (2), not being an appeal reserved for
hearing or directed to be argued before the Court of Appeal, may be heard in person or by
any counsel.".

119(1) For "105 or 113" substitute "113(1) or (2)".
119(1)(a) and (b) Omit.
119(1)(g) For "an appellant" substitute "a person ("the appellant") in respect of whom the case is

referred to a judge under section 113A(1)(a)".
120(1) For "105 or 113" substitute "113(1) or (2)".
120(1)(a) For "appellant" where it first occurs substitute "person ("the appellant") in respect of whom

the case is referred to a judge under section 113A(1)(a)".
121 Omit.
122(1) For "an appellant" substitute "a person ("the appellant") in respect of whom the case is

referred to a judge under section 113A(1)(a)".
122(2) For "an appellant" substitute "a person ("the appellant") in respect of whom the case is

referred to a judge under section 113A(1)(a)".
122(3) For "an appellant" substitute "a person in respect of whom the case is referred to a judge

under section 113A(1)(a)".
122(4) (a) For "an appellant" substitute "a person in respect of whom the case is referred to a

judge under section 113A(1)(a)".
(b) Omit "or under section 119(a)".

122(6) Omit.
123 For "105 or 113" substitute "113(1) or (2)".
Proviso to 124 For "defendant" substitute "person in respect of whom the case is referred to a judge under

section 113A(1)(a)".
(Added 12 of 1992 s. 5)



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