Chief Executive-designate Li Jiachao announced yesterday (17th) the details of the reorganization of the government structure. He suggested that the new government should set up 3 deputy secretaries. Among them, the most surprising to the outside world is that the Department of Justice will also add deputy secretaries and set up political assistants for the first time. .
Based on the observations of many politicians, the main responsibilities of the Deputy Secretary of Justice, in addition to responding to international claims that Hong Kong's legal system is unrealistic, is to deal with the legislature. This has been overlooked in previous administrations.
However, some people worry that the post of Deputy Director-General is always a new one, and the functions, powers and responsibilities have yet to be clarified.
Attorney General's 'political lobbying' job requirements increase
Compared with the other two secretaries, the work of the Department of Justice is considered to be more independent and not influenced by other departments or persons.
However, the Department of Justice still needs to consult the Legislative Council for the drafting of some laws and the legal system. In the past, the Secretary for Justice did not have a political assistant nor a deputy secretary. In recent years, legal disputes and prosecution cases have greatly increased. My workload is "overloaded".
As pointed out in the Government's document to the Legislative Council, the addition of political assistants can help to liaise with Legislative Council members and other stakeholder organisations to gain support for the work of the Department of Justice.
In the past, the Department of Justice was generally less involved in political lobbying and "hooping votes". Some officials pointed out that this responsibility fell to Fu Xiaohui, the Administrative Commissioner of the Department of Justice. This time, the addition of political appointment positions will help strengthen related work.
Another member of the Legislative Council reported that, in terms of political reality, when a member communicates with the government, it is usually at least to meet with the deputy secretary, and political assistants play a supporting role at best. The same is true for the secretary.
Therefore, it is impossible to simply set up political assistants to meet the needs of parliamentarians. Therefore, it is normal to set up deputy directors to share the communication work.
Seniors may not be willing to "give up" DOJ helicopter is more convenient?
This is the case in theory, but the selection of candidates is the issue that Li Jiachao's government should consider carefully.
Some people in the legal profession estimate that with the recent news that the incumbent Secretary for Justice, Zheng Ruohua, has a good chance of staying in office, it is believed that many senior figures with status in the legal field may not be willing to "give up" to be Zheng Ruohua's deputy and vice versa. The Secretary also does not mean that there will be a chance to "sit up" in five years, so this position is not very attractive to senior legal professionals; from Zheng Ruohua's point of view, she may not want to find someone who has a high status in the legal profession and her own "high" status. Such a big man as his deputy.
Therefore, the person's proposal for direct promotion to Deputy Secretary from a senior position within the Department of Justice (DOJ) is also worthy of consideration.
Some people in the legal profession have suggested that suitable talents can be selected to serve as Deputy Secretary-General in the senior positions of the Department of Justice.
Tang Jiahua commented on three conditions: being able to convince the public, proficient in criminal and human rights law, and free from political burdens
Member of the Executive Council and Senior Counsel Tang Jiahua believes that in the future, the Department of Justice will face a large number of prosecutions involving National Security Law cases, legislation on Article 23 of the Basic Law, and legislation on disinformation. "Tell the story of the rule of law in Hong Kong", so the work will be very heavy.
However, from a practical point of view, he agrees that it is not easy to find someone to be a deputy in the current situation: "You have a senior executive in the market, who will covet your hundreds of thousands of monthly deputy director labor? Courts don’t just make enough money, and (the deputy director) doesn’t have a lot of power. If they really have the enthusiasm to serve the SAR, there are other better ways.”
Tang Jiahua believes that the post of deputy director does not need to have very rich qualifications in the legal field. The focus should be on being good at communication and being able to convince the public. Therefore, a lawyer or a legal scholar is not a bad choice.
He also pointed out that since Zheng Ruohua's expertise is in arbitration and mediation, it would be very helpful for the deputy director to find someone who is proficient in criminal law and human rights law.
In addition, since the position of the Department of Justice is not suitable for being too politicized, it should be filled by someone who has no political party background and no "political baggage".
Cheng Ruohua, the current Secretary for Justice.
Political circles worry about unclear power and responsibility
Li Jiachao proposed a new government structure with six departments and fifteen bureaus. The number of bureau chiefs will be the highest in history, involving an additional 13 politically appointed officials (including 3 deputy directors, 2 directors, 2 deputy directors and 6 political assistants). ), of course, symbolizing the new government's new personnel style.
However, there are also politicians who worry that the increasing number of officials will make the structure too bloated and cause other problems.
The source pointed out that when the Executive Council discussed the restructuring plan yesterday, some people did raise concerns about whether the Secretary, especially the Department of Justice, would set up a Deputy Secretary, which would cause the Deputy Secretary to "do nothing", resulting in conflicts and power struggles.
Some people think that the greatest function of the Deputy Secretary is to strengthen high-level coordination and overall planning. However, according to the Deputy Secretary of Justice, "there will be no coordination with you all day long", and as the so-called "many incense burners, many ghosts", The position of the deputy director is unclear, and it can turn into a power struggle at any time.
Liu Zhaojia, vice president of the National Hong Kong and Macao Research Association, pointed out that the new special chief should clarify the relationship between the director, deputy director, and director and department heads to ensure that the work of the deputy director is supported and coordinated by the director and department heads, and prevent the emergence of deputy directors. The long role is unclear and not taken seriously.
Some people in the establishment laughed and said that even if these concerns were raised at the guild, it would not actually make much sense. Anyway, the guild had to pass it. Lin Zheng just cooperated with Li Jiachao's suggestion. It doesn't matter if the reorganization is made, but a group of accountability officials whose whereabouts are unknown remained silent in this discussion.
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