General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: JDOC3099
Course name: Criminal Procedure
Programme offered under: JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

The goal of this introductory course is to equip law students with the basic legal knowledge of criminal procedure in Hong Kong. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Introduction to criminal justice system;
  • Rights of arrested persons/defendants;
  • Selected topics about powers of law enforcement agencies;
  • Criminal jurisdiction of courts in Hong Kong;
  • Classification of criminal offences;
  • Commencement of criminal proceedings;
  • Selected topics about pre-trial and trial processes;
  • Sentencing principles and options;
  • Costs in criminal cases; and
  • Appeal mechanisms for criminal proceedings.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Jacky Yeung yeungjck@hku.hk CCT 814 By email/appointment

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Understand the role of criminal procedure in the criminal justice system.

CLO 2 Understand and be able to explain the way in which a matter progresses through the criminal court(s) in Hong Kong.

CLO 3 Be familiar with the major statutory provisions related to criminal procedure.

CLO 4 Understand and be able to explain various stages of a criminal trial.

CLO 5 Be able to evaluate the current criminal procedural law in Hong Kong and to make recommendations for the law reform.

2.2 JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Individual weekly self-review/reflection exercise TBC 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Group presentations on topical discussion questions TBC 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
In-hall exam 10 May 2024 50% 1, 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150  ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To facilitate students preparation for the in-hall exam, exercises will be given to students and there will be in-class discussions to help students evaluate their understanding of the issues concerned. Question-and-answer sessions will also be held in-class or online (through the Moodle learning platform) to address questions raised by students.

For the group presentation project, students are encouraged to approach the course convenor throughout the semester to discuss the progress of the project and to seek further guidance for the research direction. Further details will be announced in the first seminar of the course.

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Prescribed (compulsory) reading materials: There are no compulsory textbooks for this course. Other prescribed reading materials (e.g. Lecture outlines/slides, cases and legislation) shall be posted on Moodle.
Suggested (non-compulsory) reading materials: Students may consider any of the following recommended (non-compulsory) textbooks:-

  • C. Liu, Criminal Procedure in Hong Kong (Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edn, 2021)[Student’s edition available]
  • A. le Roux-Kemp, Hong Kong Criminal Procedure (Hong Kong: Wolters Kluwer, 2019) [Student’s edition available]
  • A. Whitfort, Criminal Procedure in Hong Kong: A Guide for Students (Hong Kong: LexisNexis, 3rd edn, 2020)
Other materials cited in the teaching materials (Subject to further changes):
  • A. Bruce and G.McCoy, Criminal Evidence in Hong Kong (Hong Kong: LexisNexis), 3rd edn, Looseleaf.
  • A. Bruce, Criminal Procedure: Trial on Indictment (Hong Kong: LexisNexis), Looseleaf.
  • K. Bokhary, S. Young and I. Cross, (eds), Archbold Hong Kong : Criminal law, pleadings, evidence and practice, 2021 (Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell, 2020).
  • The Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong (Hong Kong: LexisNexis).
  • Selected articles of the Hong Kong Law Journal
  • Selected publications from the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong and the Legislative Council of Hong Kong

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/

[Last updated on 30 August 2021]