1. Basic Legal Knowledge

  2. Procedures during criminal hearings

  3. Juvenile Court

  4. Arresting procedure, my rights and obligations

  5. Free or subsidized legal assistance

  6. Protection for victims

  7. Punishment and sentencing options

  8. Criminal records and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Ordinance

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Introduction to some of the legal assistance available in Hong Kong

The following table briefly sets out some of the free or subsidized legal assistance commonly available for eligible persons in Hong Kong:

Types of cases

Legal assistance available

All criminal cases tried in District Court Legal Aid Scheme
All criminal cases tried in the High Court
Appeals against conviction or sentence passed by a Magistrate or a judge of the District Court or the High Court
Committal proceedings in the Magistrates Courts (Note: Committal proceedings are proceedings before a Magistrate for determining whether or not there is enough evidence against a defendant for a criminal case to be transferred to the High Court for trial or sentence.)
Criminal cases tried in Magistrates Courts and Juvenile Courts Duty Lawyer Scheme  
Criminal cases tried in Juvenile Courts
Persons who are at risk of criminal prosecution as a result of giving incriminating evidence in Coroners Inquest
Hawkers appealing to the Municipal Services Appeals Board against the decision of not issuing hawker licence
Eligible persons facing extradition proceedings
Free legal advice and representation in court proceedings The Bar Free Legal Service Scheme
Free preliminary legal advice Free Legal Advice Scheme
Free taped legal information Tel-Law Scheme

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