Judicial Associate (Criminal Appeals), Judiciary (Ref: 44009)

Department: Judiciary

Publish Date: 2021-02-27 00:00:00

Job Title: Judicial Associate (Criminal Appeals)

Salary (Monthly): $74515

Salary (Hourly): $N/A

Salary (Daily): $N/A

Entry Requirements:

(a) Applicants must be solicitors or barristers admitted/called in Hong Kong or any other common law jurisdiction and have at least two years’ post-qualification experience of criminal law as a solicitor or barrister by 30 April 2021;

(b) Applicants must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region;

© Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of criminal law and procedure and the ability to acquire expertise in the practice and procedure of the Criminal Appeals Registry and the Court of Appeal, together with a knowledge of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance, the Criminal Appeals Rules and the Criminal Practice Directions;

(d) Applicants are expected to have the ability to identify the material issues in complex matters effectively and to articulate that analysis succinctly and accurately, orally and in writing, applying sound legal judgment;

(e) Applicants are expected to have the ability to work under pressure, both as to volume of work and time;

(f) Excellent writing skills are essential; and

(g) Proficiency in Chinese will be a clear asset.


Judicial Associates (Criminal Appeals) are to provide assistance in the Criminal Appeals Registry of the Court of Appeal of the High Court. In criminal matters the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal is primarily to determine applications for leave to appeal, and appeals, against conviction and/or sentence from the District Court and the Court of First Instance. The Criminal Appeals Registry of the Court of Appeal provides the mechanisms by which applications for leave to appeal are received, processed and managed. Main duties include -

(a) Assisting members of the Court of Appeal in all aspects of case management and the drafting of summaries for the use of the court in preparation for and conduct of applications and hearings;

(b) Assisting to ensure that all applications are effective, in particular that the applications comply with the Practice Directions and the issues are properly identified;

© Preparing case summaries of the facts and legal issues arising in applications for leave to appeal against conviction and/or sentence in cases considered by either a single judge, in an application for leave to appeal, or by the full court at the hearing of appeals or renewed applications;

(d) Conducting legal research in providing assistance to the judges of the Court of Appeal, and to the Registrar and Deputy Registrars of the High Court; and

(e) Conducting research and giving assistance on subjects and matters as assigned by the judges.

Terms of Appointment:

Successful candidates will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms for one to two years and the term may be renewable at the Judiciary’s discretion. However, some flexibility may be permitted in respect of some candidates who may have reasonable grounds for starting later or finishing earlier than the normal period of engagement.

Working hours: An appointee is required to work on a full-time basis for 44 hours per week and occasionally involving irregular hours.

General Notes:

1. On appointment, Judicial Associates (Criminal Appeals) should not take up any other form of legal work such as legal practice in the private sector and legal service in the Government and any other public organisation during the period of employment as Judicial Associate (Criminal Appeals), including not appearing in any case in court or tribunal and offering legal advice as in-house counsel or to clients.

2. As an Equal Opportunities employer, the Judiciary is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirements irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.

  1. Non-civil service contract positions are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. They are not eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Judiciary and the Civil Service. Nor are they eligible for civil service medical and dental benefits.

  2. 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.

  3. Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the Judiciary may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the selection interview.

  4. It is the Judiciary’s 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 any further shortlisting. Candidates who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other candidates whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Judiciary’s 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 http://www.csb.gov.hk under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.

  5. Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with the Judiciary’s personal data policies. For correction of or access to the data after submission of applications, please write to the Senior Judiciary Executive (Judges and Judicial Officers) 1 at 3/F, High Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong.

    How to apply:

    Application forms are available at the Information Counter on the ground floor of the High Court Building or from the General Offices of the District Court, Lands Tribunal, Labour Tribunal, Small Claims Tribunal and Magistrates’ Courts. The form can also be downloaded from the Judiciary’s website at Hong Kong Judiciary - Recruitment Advertisement. The position will also be posted on the GovHK at http://www.gov.hk.

    Completed application forms should reach the Corporate Services Division of the Judiciary Administration, 3/F, High Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong not later than 29 March 2021. Please specify on the envelope ‘Application for Judicial Associate (Criminal Appeals)’. Candidates should state clearly in their application forms the nature of work and their working experience in the relevant field.

Candidates should also provide the name and contact details (i.e. email address/correspondence address and telephone number) of one or two referees. The referee(s) named should be able to comment at first hand on the candidates’ abilities as a lawyer and other matters relevant to the position of Judicial Associate (Criminal Appeals). (Note: Applications which are incomplete, late, not duly signed or without copies of required documents will not be considered.) Applicants who are not invited for interview within three months from the closing date may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

Enquiry Address:

Corporate Services Division of the Judiciary Administration, 3/F, High Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong.

Enquiry Telephone: 2867 2248

Application Start Date: 2021-02-27 00:00:00

Application End Date: 2021-03-29 18:00:00