The Hon. Mr Justice Kevin Zervos SC

Distinguished Alumni Awards 2015 - Faculty of Law The Honourable Mr Justice Kevin Zervos SC was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Hong Kong in 2013. He...

Distinguished Alumni Awards 2015 - Faculty of Law

The Honourable Mr Justice Kevin Zervos SC was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Hong Kong in 2013.  He graduated in Science in 1975 and Law in 1977 from Monash University. 

From 1978 to 1984 he was in private practice as a solicitor in Victoria.  In 1984 he worked with the Special Prosecutor’s office responsible for the investigation and prosecution of large scale revenue frauds. 

From 1985 he was Senior Assistant Director of the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions at the Melbourne and Sydney Offices where he was in charge of the Major Fraud Section.

From 1989 to 1992, he was General Counsel to the Independent Commission Against Corruption in New South Wales.  From 1992 to 2013, he was counsel with the Hong Kong Department of Justice, where he was initially attached to the Commercial Crime Unit mainly prosecuting white collar crime cases and later heading the Appeals Unit specialising in Human Rights and Public Law. 

He was the Deputy and then the Director of Public Prosecutions of Hong Kong from 2008 to 2013.

In May 2003, Mr Justice Zervos was appointed Senior Counsel in Hong Kong and in September 2009 he was awarded a Masters of Law (Human Rights) at the University of Hong Kong.  

When practicing as an advocate, Mr Justice Zervos conducted the full ambit of trials and appeals in most fields of law.  In trial work, he specialised in commercial crime, including frauds, money laundering and corruption. 

In appeal work, he has conducted cases involving constitutional law, human rights, administrative law as well as most aspects of the criminal jurisdiction.

As head of the prosecuting authority, Mr Justice Zervos introduced a number of initiatives and reforms to enhance and improve the criminal justice system. 

He was instrumental in fostering greater cooperation and exchange between other prosecuting authorities both regionally and internationally.  He promoted greater transparency and accountability of the prosecution service and through its prosecution code made a commitment to human rights and addressed the handling of cases in relation to public order and human exploitation.