Chief Justice

Mahinda Rajapakse sacks Sri Lanka's first woman top judge

Shirani Bandaranayake

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has sacked the chief justice by ratifying a controversial parliamentary vote, defying international calls for restraint and plunging the country into a constitutional crisis.

Monday, 14 January, 2013, 4:16am

Talking points

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li

Chief justice opens the legal year

City Hall hosts the ceremonial opening of the legal year, with Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li inspecting a ceremonial guard mounted by the police force at Edinburgh Place. He will address the gathering, followed by Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, Bar Association chairman Kumar Ramanathan and others.


14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am

Briefs, January 4, 2013

Singer Rain to face discipline for dating during service. Photo: EPA

Sri Lanka's supreme court said yesterday parliament does not have the authority to investigate accusations of misconduct against senior judges and an impeachment proceeding against the chief justice was against the law. 

4 Jan 2013 - 4:20am

Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake walks out on trial

Sri Lankan activists staged a protest against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. Photo: AFP

Sri Lankan Chief Justice Dr Shirani Bandaranayake walked out of her impeachment hearing before lawmakers yesterday after complaining that she was not being given a fair trial, legal and parliamentary sources said.

7 Dec 2012 - 2:31am

Sri Lankan lawmakers move to impeach chief justice

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse. Photo: AFP

Ruling party lawmakers submitted a motion to impeach Sri Lanka's most senior judge yesterday as President Mahinda Rajapakse moved to crush another of his former allies after vanquishing Tamil rebels.

2 Nov 2012 - 4:16am

Measures can be taken to reduce Hong Kong judiciary's tardiness

Your editorial ('Chief justice faces more than legal challenges', April 15), following on the heels of the Audit Commission's report on judiciary administration, heaped tedious accolades on the recently retired ex-chief justice. You also pleaded with the public to understand and support the incumbent, referring vaguely to the formidable 'administrative challenge' confronting the judiciary.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Judges bound by law, not personal choice, says chief

Critics told not to blame courts if they disagree with rulings

Judges are bound by guidelines laid down by legislation and higher courts when deciding punishment, and critics of particular sentences should look elsewhere for remedies, the chief justice said yesterday.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Reason for confidence in courts' independence

The chief justice's strong defence of the independence of Hong Kong's judiciary provides much-needed reassurance at a time when fresh concerns are being raised that this cardinal principle of our legal system is under threat.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Chief justice laments rise of greedy lawyers

Mercenary considerations had assumed greater prominence than ethical standards in the legal profession, the chief justice said yesterday.

'In this competitive environment, commercial pressures have led to the profession becoming more like a business,' Andrew Li Kwok-nang said at a 20th Biennial LawAsia Conference session on ethics.

7 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Retiring High Court judge has appeal

Dozens of members of the legal fraternity crowded into Court 1 in the High Court yesterday to bid farewell to a retiring High Court judge.

Mr Justice Gareth Lugar-Mawson, 56, leaves Hong Kong at the end of this month after 25 years in the city's legal profession - close to 10 as prosecutor, six as District Court judge and nine in the High Court.

23 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


'In Primary One, I remember one girl called Shu Ping. It wasn't her face that attracted me - it was her patent leather shoes. If I was called up to the blackboard I'd deliberately walk past so I could catch a glimpse of them. I think I must have had a shoe fetish. I also remember another girl called Julie Chang who had the misfortune to sit next to me.

19 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In yesterday's story headlined 'Party must not be above the law, says chief justice', all references to 'rule of law' should have read 'rule by law'. The mistake was introduced during the editing process.

5 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Patriotic Li may go all the way

SO does Andrew Li Kwok-nang hope to win Beijing's blessing and become Chief Executive? Only a few months ago the idea would have seemed absurd, as the Chief Justice was pilloried from all sides over his initial right-of-abode ruling in January. But now it no longer seems so fanciful after he delivered a judgment on the national flag last week which was dripping with patriotic sentiments.

19 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

What the judges said

Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang: 'Hong Kong is at the early stage of the new order following resumption of sovereignty by the People's Republic of China. The implementation of the principle of 'one country, two systems', is a matter of fundamental importance, as is the reinforcement of national unity and territorial integrity.

16 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Chief Justice serves up tradition

A farewell dinner party in honour of Mr Justice Findlay is to be held at the Chief Justice's official residence, Hulme House, on the Peak this week, reminiscent of a pre-handover tradition.

Andrew Li Kwok-nang, known for his low-profile style, is seldom seen or heard at social and official functions.

15 Nov 1999 - 12:00am