The Law Reform Commission was established in January 1980. It considers
and reports on such topics as may be referred to it by the Secretary for
Justice or the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal of the HKSAR.
Its membership includes academics, practising lawyers and prominent community
Since its establishment, the commission has published
45 reports covering subjects as diverse as commercial arbitration, divorce,
sale of goods and supply of services, fraud and hearsay in civil proceedings.
The recommendations in 26 of these reports have been implemented, either
in whole or in part. The commission is currently considering references
on privacy, domicile, hearsay in criminal proceedings, privity of contract,
conditional fees, criteria for service as a juror and decision-making
for persons in a coma.