Criminal courts are going electronic

Criminal courts in Hong Kong are going electronic, beginning with the busiest courts.

Courts in Hong Kong have been pushing for the use of electronic technology. Since mid-2022, an integrated Court Case Management System (iCMS) system has been used in civil cases in the District Court, and soon it will be used in the criminal courts, beginning from the Magistracy.

The Chief Justice had already approved the use of iCMS in the Magistracy. Starting on 30 December 2022, it will be used in summons cases. This includes the bulk of cases before a Magistrate, such as most traffic, buildings and lands, food and environmental hygiene cases, etc.

The new system allows defendants to file and receive almost all court documents electronically. Documents are also managed under an electronic case file for easy inspection. See the new Court Proceedings (Electronic Technology) Ordinance (Cap 638) and e-Practice Direction 2 for details.

It is hoped that as criminal courts go electronic, the workflow of cases will be smoother and more timely, improving access to justice.

Criminal courts are going electronic
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Gordon Chan, Esq

Barrister of the High Court of Hong Kong. Member of the Bar Association's Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure. Specialised in medical, technology and criminal law.

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