§ 58. Sir W. Teeling
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs why the ordinary Hong Kong citizen is only allowed legal aid in capital cases; what other remedies remain in law for a poor Hong Kong citizen; and why defendants cannot elect to be tried by jury in cases in which they are liable to prison terms of up to five years.
§ Mrs. Hart
Since 1962 legal aid has been available in Hong Kong to persons committed for trial before the Supreme Court in all indictable offences, and to an appellant in a criminal appeal before the Full Court.
In January this year legal aid was introduced in a wide range of civil proceedings before the district and higher courts.
I am consulting the Governor about the third part of the Question and will write to the hon. Member.