To be eligible for appointment as a juror in Hong Kong, a person must be a resident of Hong Kong, between 21 and 65 years of age, not suffering from a disability which prevents him serving as a juror, of good character, and have "a sufficient knowledge of the language in which the proceedings are to be conducted to be able to understand the proceedings." The legislation does not prescribe how that linguistic competence is to be measured, and does not define what constitutes "good character" or "residence" for jury purposes.
This subject was referred to the Law Reform Commission for consideration and a sub-committee, chaired by the Hon Mr Justice Woo, was established in October 2003. A consultation paper containing the Sub-committee's recommendations for reform was published on 28 January 2008. The Sub-committee's Secretary is Mr Peter Sit, Senior Government Counsel.
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