Criminal Law

23Feb2021

I committed a trivial breach of quarantine, do I have to go to prison for it? – A case study on breaches of quarantine under the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 struck Hong Kong in early 2020. More than a year later, it is still affecting the lives of many on multiple levels. As a way to control the spread of the virus, the Government of Hong Kong has enacted and updated legislation since March…Read More

07Apr2020

COVID-19 Legal Regulatory Framework

As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak continues to spread, Hong Kong has taken rigorous actions in combat of the infection surge.  This article serves to briefly outline the anti-epidemic measures imposed by the Hong Kong Government and their relevant legal implications on individuals. Entry to Hong…Read More

10Oct2018

Legal update: When do judges refer matters to prosecuting authorities and regulatory bodies for consideration of criminal behaviour or regulatory misconduct?

Introduction When judges learn of a possible crime or professional misconduct during the trial of a matter, they sometimes refer the factual issues to the Secretary for Justice (“SJ”) and/or regulatory bodies for further investigation. In most cases judges do not specify whether they are…Read More

06Jun2017

Criminal lawyer Phil Swainston speaks at Hong Kong Criminal Law Conference 2017

Tanner De Witt’s Criminal Lawyer, Consultant Phil Swainston, was invited by The Law Society of Hong Kong to join a panel and share his views on Public Interest and Fair Trial Rights – Where Should the Balance Be Struck? at the 2017 Hong Kong Criminal…Read More