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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