Containing a wealth of archival material and statistical data on crime and criminal justice, Criminal Justice in Hong Kong presents a detailed evaluation of Hong Kong’s criminal justice system, both past and present. Exploring the justice system and the perceptions of popular culture, this book demonstrates how the current criminal justice system has been influenced and shaped over time by Hong Kong’s historical position between ‘East’ and ‘West’.

Jones and Vagg’s examination of the justice system not only takes into account geographical changes, like the erection of the border with communist China in 1950 but also insists that any deep understanding of the current system requires a dialogue with the rich and complex narratives of Hong Kong’s history.

It explores a range of questions, including:

  • How were Hong Kong's criminal justice institutions and practices formed?
  • What has been its experience of law and order?
  • How has Hong Kong's status as between 'East' and 'West' affected its social, political and legal institutions?

Careful and detailed, this analysis of one of the most economically successful, politically stable and safe yet frequently misrepresented cities, is a valuable addition to the bookshelves of all undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Asian law.


chapter 1|13 pages


part 1|158 pages

Colonial Rule, 1841 to Second World War

chapter 2|27 pages

Hong Kong: the early years

chapter 3|51 pages

The Hong Kong police

chapter 4|26 pages

Hong Kong’s internal security

part 2|396 pages

Colonial Rule, Second World War to 1997

chapter 7|30 pages

Re-establishing the police, 1945–1950

chapter 8|20 pages

Crime and courts 1945–1960

chapter 11|23 pages

Building order and stability in the 1950s

chapter 12|14 pages

The 1956 riots

chapter 14|22 pages

The China factor: the early 1960s

chapter 15|16 pages

Policing and crime in the mid-1960s

chapter 17|34 pages

The 1966 Star Ferry and 1967 riots

chapter 18|17 pages

The post-riot years

chapter 20|28 pages

Crime, policing and punishment in the 1970s

chapter 22|16 pages

The 1980s: discovering juvenile delinquency

chapter 23|24 pages

The transition years: 1990–97

part 3|61 pages

The First Ten years of the HKSAR, 1997–2007

chapter 26|19 pages

Crime and delinquency 1997–2007