High Court of Justice

Another senior judge to leave judiciary

The judiciary will lose another senior judge in the next three months with the departure of Admiralty judge Mr Justice Anselmo Reyes to a teaching position at the University of Hong Kong.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2012, 12:00am

Lawyers praise retiring judge's sense of justice

The city's legal community turned out in force yesterday to mark the retirement of Mr Justice William Waung Sik-ying after a legal career spanning almost four decades.

At a farewell hearing in the High Court, Mr Justice Waung, who made his debut as a deputy District Court judge in 1984, received plaudits from all levels of the profession.

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

More judges needed to ease pressure: lawmaker

The chairwoman of the Legislative Council's legal panel has called on the government and the judiciary to hire more judges to ease a heavy caseload and speed up trials.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Judgments passed on question of style

It seemed a strange way to mark a new millennium, clad in long horse-hair wigs, flowing gowns, and buckled shoes, looking like actors starring in a historical drama.

The judges were, of course, wearing their traditional garb for the opening of the new legal year.

18 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Fears over exodus of top judges

The Judiciary is facing an exodus of top judges, raising fears of a manpower crisis which could hit the quality of justice.

At least six of the most experienced High Court judges have either left this year or will leave in the next eight months.

12 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Judges 'insulted' by limousine cutback

JUDGES are to have their automatic right to use chauffeur-driven cars withdrawn in a move that some say is insulting and may force them on to public transport.

The Judiciary aims to cut costs by curbing the traditional perk of government limousines for High Court judges.

A limit of 610 hours' drive time a year will be imposed from April 1.

21 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Former DPP among new judges

Former director of public prosecutions Peter Nguyen, SC, was made a High Court judge yesterday as the Judiciary entered a new era with 33 fresh appointments.

The Court of Appeal and Court of First Instance each gained three judges, the District Court gained six, and 12 new magistrates were named.

29 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Major urged to restore trust in legal system

Prime Minister John Major has been asked to appoint an English High Court judge to conduct an inquiry into allegations of judicial misconduct and meddling in Hong Kong.

Barrister Paul Harris has sent a letter to 10 Downing Street complaining the Governor has not responded to his request for a formal investigation.

20 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Judge queries George Tan absence

A High Court judge was involved in an explosive confrontation yesterday with the top London lawyer who wants him to pull out of a major fraud trial.

Mr Justice Michael Stuart-Moore barred Anthony Scrivener QC, from questioning a doctor who is treating his client, former Carrian boss George Tan Soon-gin.

13 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Judge tries to stop report of court remarks

A JUDGE asked the press yesterday not to report remarks she had made in open court concerning Singapore's legal system.

Judge Chua said she did not want the comments reported because she was worried about her Singapore passport.

At the close of court, she left the bench and approached journalists to ask them not to report her remarks.

28 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Firms fight for $400m held by court

LAWYERS acting for mystery companies registered in the British Virgin Islands took a hint from the bench yesterday and applied to have the Attorney-General struck from proceedings to unfreeze nearly $400 million held in a court bank account.

20 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Bill good for HK

I BEGIN by declaring an interest in that I am a solicitor. However, your report (South China Morning Post, July 6) of the attempt by Mr Martin Lee QC to amend the Supreme Court (Amendment) Bill makes ironic reading. Mr Lee believes the basic criterion for eligibility for appointment as a High Court Judge should be a minimum of 10 years' advocacy experience.

8 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Problem-hit Judiciary compromises justice

A JUDICIARY starved of basic resources and plagued by maladministration, inefficiencies and lethargy is compromising justice in Hong Kong.

An investigation by the South China Morning Post and interviews with judges in the District and High courts have identified a range of serious problems in one of society's cornerstones and grave fears for its future.

28 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Urgent plea for more judges to be appointed

THE Government was ''selling justice to the community at a discount'' because it refused to increase the number of judges to improve deteriorating trial waiting times, the legal representative in the legislature, Simon Ip Sik-on, said.

25 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Judge taken ill

HIGH Court Judge Mr Justice Jones, 62, was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital on Tuesday after suffering a suspected stroke. He was in fair condition last night.

1 Jul 1993 - 12:00am