Judge lays down law on jurors

Central Station | 12 Jan 2017

The woman who was on Tuesday exempted from the jury in the corruption trial of former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen because she was unable to pronounce "almighty" in her oath-taking will be added to the list of potential Chinese-language jury members, Justice Andrew Chan Hing- wai said.

"I hope she will receive notice to be a juror shortly," Chan added as people in the court burst into laughter.

But Chan wasn't laughing as he continued to talk about jury duty at the start of yesterday's hearing. And that was a warning to employers against discouraging employees from serving as jurors as he had received a letter from one juror saying an employer had made a scene over the jury duty.

Employers should not discriminate against employees serving as jurors, Chan said, as they would be violating the Jury Ordinance. And penalties for that can be three months in prison and a HK$25,000 fine.

Nonetheless, Chan promised to write a letter for the juror to take back to the boss to avoid any embarrassment.

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