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Judiciary of England and Wales

Judge recounts 21 years with cheer

The colourful and liberal Mr Justice Michael Hartmann marked his retirement with a hint of humour in his farewell sitting yesterday as the courtroom overflowed with well-wishers.

Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am

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.

Reyes will step down as Admiralty judge at the end of this week to be replaced by Mr Justice Aarif Barma, but will continue to sit as duty judge until mid-September when he will leave.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Age crisis prompts fears for judiciary

Half of all top-tier judges will reach retirement age over the next five years, prompting fears of a fall in standards in the judiciary.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

New judge older than retiree he's replacing

The government yesterday appointed a judge older than the retiring Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary to fill his shoes as a permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal - an arrangement that surprised some senior lawyers.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Applause erupts in halls of justice

Seasoned barristers and friends yesterday broke into applause in a scene rare for the sombre halls of the Court of Final Appeal as two lawyers in a case involving alleged witness tampering had their names cleared six years after they were first arrested.

29 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Lawmakers endorse Geoffrey Ma as top judge

The chief judge of the High Court, Mr Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, received formal endorsement from the Legislative Council yesterday to succeed Mr Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang as chief justice, amid increasing concern that the independence of the judiciary is under pressure.

10 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Medical Council reforms delayed years by disputes

The Hong Kong Medical Council has had proposals on the table for almost a decade to increase the ratio of its non-medical members but its chairwoman says they are impossible to implement in the council's current highly politicised environment.

17 May 2010 - 12:00am

Jockey Club non-members to hear appeal

13 May 2010 - 12:00am

Three candidates on chief justice shortlist said 'no thanks'

For academics and professionals, being recognised by their peers is the greatest accolade; for a lawyer, there is no greater recognition of professional standing than being asked to become chief justice.

10 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Farewell to District Court judge

Judge Bernard Whaley spent his last day at the District Court yesterday as he retires after 18 years. Friends and colleagues, including Mr Justice Michael Hartmann, Mr Justice Michael Stuart-Moore and Mr Justice John Saunders, attended Judge Whaley's last sitting. Mr Justice Hartmann said that Judge Whaley had an independent character and maintained the highest professional standards.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Employer who burned maid with an iron loses appeal

22 May 2009 - 12:00am


Let the public scrutinise legal profession

Chris Yeung ('Judges' integrity vital, in and out of court', January 19) and Frank Ching ('Timely reminder of judicial independence', January 20) have missed salient implications of the chief justice's speech at the commencement of this legal year.

30 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Judges' integrity vital, in and out of court

Had it not been for his reprimand by the chief justice over his U-turn on a court case, the fact that Mr Justice Pang Kin-kee holds a heavy list of public offices would probably have remained largely unnoticed.

19 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Chief justice warns on pitfalls of judges holding non-judicial posts

Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang yesterday opened the debate on whether judges should continue serving in non-judicial public posts.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the opening of the legal year, the city's top judge stressed that the judiciary never sought those appointments for itself.

13 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Justices must be seen to be doing a proper job

Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang used his annual speech at the opening of the legal year to revisit a matter of public disquiet about the administration of justice.

13 Jan 2009 - 12:00am