Magistrates' court (Hong Kong)

Magistrates' courts in Hong Kong have criminal jurisdiction over a wide range of offenses, and in general these offenses must only constitute two years' imprisonment or a fine of HK$100,000; in certain circumstances, sentences of three years may be imposed. All criminal proceedings must begin in the magistrates' courts; the Secretary for Justice may transfer cases to either the District Court or the Court of First Instance depending on the seriousness of the crime.[1]

Magistrates' courts
Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court
LocationHong Kong
Authorized byHong Kong Basic Law, Magistrates Ordinance (Cap. 227)
Appeals toCourt of First Instance of the High Court; further appeal to the Court of Final Appeal in limited circumstance
WebsiteOfficial website
Chief Magistrate
CurrentlyMr Victor SO Wai-tak
Magistrates' court

All judges and magistrates must have qualified as legal practitioners either in Hong Kong or in another common law jurisdiction and have had substantial professional experience.