The Basic Law is the constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Apart from the text of the Basic Law itself, this site includes background information and decisions relating to its interpretation.
Created by a team at the University of Hong Kong, this is an easily digested guide, mostly in question and answer form, to the Hong Kong legal system, legal sources and a number of specific legal topics. There are links to sources throughout the text.
Hong Kong’s official Gazette is published weekly and contains ordinances, regulations and bills as well as company winding-up and other notices. This web site makes available the full text, volume 4 (May 2000) onwards. Issues may be browsed by year/volume; or there is also a search facility.
This database, on the Hong Kong University Library site, gives access to the seven consolidations of the Laws of Hong Kong published between 1890 and 1964, the last being updated to 1989. The consolidations may be searched individually or collectively.
The web site of the Hong Kong Legal Information Institute (HKLII) contains full text judgments of the Court of Final Appeal, 1997 onwards, Court of Appeal, 1946 onwards (except 1949-1960), Court of First Instance, 1946 onwards (except 1949-1967), District Court, 1946 onwards (except 1949-1967), Family Court, 1973 onwards (except 1978-1979, 1982, 1986-1994) and Lands Tribunal, 1982 onwards. The legislation section has all current Ordinances and Regulations, and other resources include a database of Practice Directions.
As well as general information about the Hong Kong Bar aimed at the public, this site features the code of conduct, information on admission and pupillage, events, Bar List, and rules and regulations of the Association.
As from July 2018 this is the only Hong Kong government legislation website. e-Legislation is intended to replace the Bilingual Laws Information System (BLIS); it is an electronic database of Hong Kong legislation maintained by the Department of Justice, providing current and past (point-in-time) versions of consolidated legislation dating back to 30 June 1997; pdf copies marked “verified copy” have official legal status. Legislation may be searched, or browsed by title.
This is an association of Hong Kong lawyers, shipowners and others concerned with maritime law. The web site provides a directory of members and details of the association’s meetings and other activities. The principal Hong Kong ordinances relating to maritime law are listed by title with links to full text, and there is also a link to the Hong Kong Judiciary site for judgments in maritime causes. Links to related sites are also provided.
The Hong Kong Judiciary web site contains “judgments which are of significance as legal precedents on points of law, practice and procedure … and of public interest” from the following courts, delivered between 1946 and 1948, and from 1966 onwards: Court of Final Appeal [NB established 1997], Court of Appeal of the High Court, Court of First Instance of the High Court, District Court, Family Court and Lands Tribunal. Practice directions, forms and daily cause lists are also available.
The Commission was established in 1980 to make recommendations for law reform in Hong Kong. These are contained in its reports, the first published in 1982, all of which are available here, together with consultation papers, 1993 onwards. The site also provides information on implementation of the Commission’s recommendations, its current projects and membership, and an extensive collection of legal links.
The Law Society is the professional association for solicitors in Hong Kong. Site content includes the Guide to Professional Conduct; the Law List; a collection of directories covering both individuals and firms; and information on how to be admitted, whether as a Hong Kong lawyer or a foreign lawyer
The Legislative Council is the legislature of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The “Council Meetings” section of its web site, within “Legco Business”, includes Bills, Hansard and subsidiary legislation for the current Council, which commenced in 2012. Select “Current and Past Meeting Records” for earlier sessions. This section also has reports of sittings of the former (colonial) Legislative Council, 1858-1997.
The law firm Ogier has offices in various locations including Jersey, Guernsey, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. Information on legal developments particularly in those four jurisdictions is provided in the News & Publications section of the site, mostly in the form of case summaries and client briefings.