Candidates should - (a) be qualified either as barristers or solicitors in a recognised jurisdiction* as stipulated under Section 2A and Schedule 2 of the Legal Officers Ordinance (Cap. 87); (b) have considerable knowledge of and experience in legal practice in Hong Kong at a senior level; (c) be able to put forward constructive ideas in developing legal policy; (d) have excellent judgement, leadership and management skills; (e) be strong in communication and people skills; and (f) have outstanding command of written and spoken English. An ability to speak, read and write Chinese would be an advantage. Persons who are not permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region may also apply but will be appointed only when no suitable and qualified candidates who are permanent residents are available.
* The recognised jurisdictions are Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the States and Territories of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Territories and Provinces of Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Zimbabwe and Singapore.
The successful candidate will be expected to take up his or her duties in the last quarter of 2015.
The Solicitor General is the head of the Legal Policy Division of the Department of Justice and is responsible to the Secretary for Justice for the following - (a) the development of legal policy issues; (b) liaising with the legal profession and promoting the legal and dispute resolution services of Hong Kong; (c) overseeing the Department’s legislative programme and attending bills committees of the Legislative Council on bills introduced by the Secretary for Justice; (d) advising on a wide range of complex and sensitive legal issues and attending the Administration of Justice and Legal Services Panel of the Legislative Council, and appearing in court where necessary; (e) advising on major issues involving the Basic Law (including promotion of the Basic Law), human rights and constitutional development; (f) advising and overseeing work relating to Mainland legal issues and developing Hong Kong’s capacity to provide legal services in respect of such issues; (g) serving as Chairman of relevant Government boards and committees; and (h) managing the Legal Policy Division and assisting in the management of the Department as a whole. The successful candidate will be appointed as Law Officer, initially to fill the post of Solicitor General but may be subject to transfer to other Law Officer posts in the Department of Justice.
Terms of Appointment:
The successful candidate will be appointed on civil service agreement terms for three years, which is renewable at Government’s discretion.
The package includes an end-of-agreement gratuity, vacation leave with leave passage allowance, medical and dental benefits, and housing benefits (subject to the eligibility criteria stipulated in the relevant civil service regulations). The appointee will be subject to the provisions of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance (Cap. 485) and will be required to make employee’s contribution to a Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme. Upon satisfactory completion of the agreement, the Solicitor General will be eligible for an end-of-agreement gratuity which, when added together with the Government’s contribution to the MPF scheme, equals to 25% of the total basic salary drawn during the agreement period.
(a) Civil service vacancies are posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates selected for these vacancies will be appointed on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service and will become civil servants on appointment. (b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race. (c) The information on the salary is for reference only and may be subject to changes. The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the appointment is offered. (d) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the Department of Justice may adopt shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In the circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the selection interview. (e) Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with the Department of Justice’s personal data policies, a copy of which will be provided immediately upon request. (f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview, without being subject to any further shortlisting criteria.
How to apply:
Letter of application, which must state in detail why the applicant considers himself or herself suitable for the post, together with a full curriculum vitae, should be sent to the “Personnel Registry, Room 3131, 31/F United Centre, 95 Queensway Hong Kong”, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For enquiries, please call Miss Grace Man on 2529 9265. The closing date of application is 6 February 2015. Candidates selected for interview will normally receive an invitation in six to eight weeks from the close of application.
ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.
Personnel Registry, Room 3131, 31/F United Centre, 95 Queensway Hong Kong
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s):
Sing Tao Daily (9 January 2015 & 16 January 2015), The Standard (Job Market) (9 & 13January 2015, 16 & 20 January 2015), Ming Pao (10 January 2015 & 17 January 2015) & South China Morning Post (10 January 2015 & 17 January 2015)