Judges call bailiff to remove loud litigant

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 June, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 June, 1995, 12:00am

THREE exasperated judges had to order in a bailiff yesterday after a litigant refused to stop talking.

Chan Wai-wah would not let the judges get a word in as she told them about a bitter family dispute over her father's $100 million estate.

Throughout the hearing she leaped up and down and repeatedly ignored orders to keep quiet.

But when Miss Chan interrupted the judges yet again in the middle of their ruling on her application, they finally lost their patience.

Mr Justice Nazareth promptly asked his clerk to fetch a bailiff to have Miss Chan ejected.

But Miss Chan flounced out of the Court of Appeal shouting: 'This is not right!' The bailiff arrived two minutes later.

Miss Chan and her brother, Sylvester Chan Sai-lung, are suing their older brother, Henry Chan Sai-lun, over the estate of their father, Chan Yat.

The brother and sister were both overseas when their father died five years ago and claimed his will was a forgery.

The siblings applied to be declared administrator and trustee of the estate while the legal wrangling was sorted out.

But at an earlier hearing Mr Justice Keith told them this was impossible as they were involved in litigation over the estate.

Yesterday Miss Chan arrived at court with a large suitcase crammed with books and legal documents and carrying six canvas bags of papers in a bid to overturn the ruling.

She also brought along several witnesses who waited outside court.

But the judges dismissed the appeal and advised her to appoint an independent administrator.

Mr Justice Godfrey told her she was 'plainly obsessed' and should stop clogging up court time.

He said she should focus on gathering evidence to support her claim that the will was a fake.

The judge added: 'No judge in Hong Kong or anywhere else in the world is going to appoint you administrator when you are involved in litigation. You have not got a chance.

'In London I would charge clients 1,000 guineas for that advice and most of them would have the sense to take it.' After interrupting again, Mr Justice Godfrey said: 'I can shout louder than you.' Mr Justice Nazareth warned: 'We have heard you sufficiently. We cannot have you bobbing up and down. If you do not keep quiet we might have to eject you.' Six interruptions later he called for the bailiff.


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