Director of Public Prosecutions, Department of Justice (Ref: 43802)

Department: Department of Justice

Publish Date: 2021-01-20 00:00:00

Job Title: Director of Public Prosecutions

Salary (Monthly): $265150

Salary (Hourly): $N/A

Salary (Daily): $N/A

Entry Requirements:

Candidates should -

(a) be qualified either as barristers or solicitors in a recognised jurisdiction* as stipulated under Section 2A and Schedule 2 of the Legal Officers Ordinance (Cap. 87);

  • The recognised jurisdictions are Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the States and Territories of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Territories and Provinces of Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Zimbabwe and Singapore.
    (b) possess substantial knowledge and experience in criminal law and prosecutions work;
    © possess an ability to produce constructive ideas in formulation of policy;
    (d) possess excellent qualities of judgement and leadership. Management experience will be a considerable advantage;
    (e) have good communication and inter-personal skills; and
    (f) have strong command of written and spoken English. An ability to speak, read and write Chinese would be an advantage.

Persons who are not permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region may also apply but will be appointed only when no suitable and qualified candidates who are permanent residents are available.


The Director of Public Prosecutions is the head of the Prosecutions Division of the Department of Justice and is responsible to the Secretary for Justice for the following -

(a) directing public prosecutions;
(b) administering the Prosecutions Division;
© advising the Secretary for Justice on all matters with implication of criminal law, including proposed legislation and law reform;
(d) conducting criminal cases in court;
(e) advising law enforcement agencies, and other branches of government, on the enforcement and implementation of criminal law;
(f) developing and promoting prosecution policy;
(g) representing the Prosecutions Division in dealings with the legislature, the legal profession, the media and the public; and
(h) devising initiatives to promote the public image of the Prosecutions Division.

The successful candidate will be appointed as Law Officer, initially to fill the post of the Director of Public Prosecutions but may be subject to transfer to other Law Officer posts in the Department of Justice.

Terms of Appointment:

The successful candidate will be appointed on civil service agreement terms for three years, which is renewable at Government’s discretion.

General Notes:

(a) Civil service vacancies are posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates selected for these vacancies will be appointed on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service and will become civil servants on appointment.

(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
© The information on the salary is for reference only and it may be subject to changes. The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(d) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the Department of Justice may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In the circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the selection interview.
(e) Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with Department of Justice’s personal data policies, a copy of which will be provided immediately upon request.
(f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview, without being subject to further shortlisting. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau’s website at under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.

How to apply:

Letter of application, which must state in detail why the applicant considers himself or herself suitable for the post, together with a full curriculum vitae, should be sent to Appointments Unit, 8/F, West Wing, Justice Place, 18 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong or by email to For enquiries, please call Ms Doris UNG on (852) 3902 8729. The closing time and date of application is 6:00 p.m. on 17 February 2021 (Hong Kong time). Candidates are encouraged to provide their email addresses in their applications. Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation (by email or by post) within six to eight weeks from the closing date of application. Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful. To avoid delayed or unsuccessful delivery of applications by post, please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting. Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to this Department and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post, where appropriate. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage.


Enquiry Address:

Appointments Unit, 8/F, West Wing, Justice Place, 18 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong.

Enquiry Telephone: (852) 3902 8729

Application Start Date: 2021-01-20 00:00:00

Application End Date: 2021-02-17 18:00:00