Department of Justice (Hong Kong)

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Department of Justice

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Agency overview
Headquarters 23rd Floor, High Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong
Employees 1,084[1]
Annual budget 949.2m HKD[1]
Agency executive Wong Yan Lung, SC, JP, Secretary for Justice

The Department of Justice (Chinese: 律政司) is the department responsible for the laws of Hong Kong headed by the Secretary for Justice. Before 1997, the names of the department and the position was the Legal Department (律政署) and Attorney General (律政司) respectively.


  • Prosecutions Division (Hong Kong) - headed by the Director of Public Prosecutions, handles prosecutions in the majority of appeals and trials in the Court of First Instance and District Court.
  • Civil Division - headed by the Law Officer (Civil Law), provides legal advice on civil law to all Government bureaux and departments and represents the Government both as solicitors and as barristers in all civil litigation, including arbitrations
  • Legal Policy Division - servicing the needs of the Solicitor General, and giving legal policy advice in respect of matters currently being considered by the Government
  • Law Drafting Division - is responsible for drafting almost all legislation, and all Government subsidiary legislation
  • International Law Division - is headed by the Law Officer (International Law) and provides advice on public international law to the Government and negotiates, or provides legal advisers on negotiations, for bilateral agreements. Also handles mutual judicial assistance matters.
  • Administration and Development Division - is headed by the Director of Administration and Development

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