Magistrates' Court (Hong Kong)

Magistrates' courts (Hong Kong)
Kwun Tong Magistracy 1.jpg
Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court
Jurisdiction Hong Kong
Location Hong Kong
Authorized by Hong Kong Basic Law
Decisions are appealed to District Court or Court of Appeal
Chief Magistrate
Currently Mr TONG Man
The location of various courts in Hong Kong

Magistrates' courts in Hong Kong are presided over by 'Permanent' and 'Special' Magistrates. Permanent Magistrates are professionally qualified. They come from barristers or solicitors. Special Magistrates need not be professionally qualified but can be appointed from persons with experience of the courts; they may have been court clerks, court interpreters or lay prosecutors[citation needed].

Permanent Magistrates have criminal jurisdiction over a wide range of indictable and summary offenses meriting up to 2 years of imprisonment and a fine of HK$100,000; a sentence of up to 3 years can be imposed in certain circumstances. Special Magistrates deal with minor offenses and cannot impose a prison sentence and are limited to impose a maximum fine of HK$50,000 only. There are certain professional qualifications required to become a Special Magistrate.[1]

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