LEADING members of the legal community gathered at the Supreme Court yesterday to pay tribute to former Chief Justice, Sir Geoffrey Briggs, who died on May 12 in the UK. Sir Ti Liang Yang, the present Chief Justice, said Sir Geoffrey had come to Hongkong as a judge in 1965 and was Chief Justice for six years between 1973 and 1979, when he retired. However, he became president of the Brunei Court of Appeal until 1988 and continued to visit Hongkong until his health suddenly deteriorated. Sir Geoffrey was educated at Sherbourne and Christ Church, Oxford. He had a distinguished war career, serving as a major in the County of London Yeomanry. Between 1958 and 1962 he served as a judge in Sarawak, North Borneo and Brunei and in 1962 was appointed Chief Justice of the Western Pacific. Mr Anthony Duckett QC, acting Solicitor-General, said Sir Geoffrey was a distinguished lawyer who made important contributions to the law in many parts of the world. Chairman of the Bar Association, Ms Jacqueline Leong QC, said Sir Geoffrey's death marked the end of another colourful character from Hongkong's past.