Crimes (Amendment) Bill 2021

Council of the Law Society has reviewed the Crimes (Amendment) Bill 2021 (the “Amendment Bill”). The Amendment Bill was gazetted on 19 March. It seeks to amend the Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 200) to, inter alia, introduce new offences of voyeurism and non-consensual recording of intimate parts, and related image publication offences. The Amendment Bill follows a previous consultation by the Law Reform Commission on voyeurism and non-consensual upskirt-photography.

With the assistance of the Criminal Law & Procedure Committee, Council put forward a detailed submission on the Amendment Bill to the Bills Committee of the Legislative Council. Apart from expressing the Law Society’s support for a voyeurism offence, the Submission also sets out comments on various parts of the Amendment Bill, as well as suggestions relating to the publication of intimate images.

The above submission could be found in the Law Society’s website:

http://www.hklawsoc.org.hk/pub_e/news/submissions/20210608a.pdf