Kevin Paul Zervos SC (Chinese: 薛偉成, born November 1953) is an Australian lawyer. He has served as Director of Public Prosecutions of the Department of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region since March 2011.
In 1984, Zervos began worked in Australia 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 before moving to Hong Kong. There, Zervos began working for the Department of Justice, representing the Hong Kong Government in a number of major cases.[specify] He was appointed to the position of Director of Public Prosecutions in Hong Kong in March 2011. Zervos had initially planned to apply for a position as a judge of the Court of First Instance once he reached the mandatory retirement age of 60 for that position in November 2013. However, by June that year the Department of Justice had still not been able to find an appropriate successor for Zervos, so he received an extension of one year to continue in the position of DPP
Zervos is an advocate of lighter punishment for first-time sex offenders. He stated, "Men will actually respect women more if they see women showing compassion to them and realising they are better off without a conviction."
Personal life and education
Zervos is of Greek descent; his forebears came from Kastelorizo. He studied Science and Law Monash University, graduating in 1978. He also completed an LL.M. at the University of Hong Kong in 2009.
- "Appointment of Director of Public Prosecutions (with photo)". Info.gov.hk. 2011-03-25. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
- "薛偉成續掌刑檢帥印一年". Sing Tao Daily. 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
- Chiu, Joanna (2013-06-09). "Chief prosecutor Kevin Zervos urges victim 'compassion' for some first-time sex offenders". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
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