Two judges announced their resignations from the Court of Final Appeal yesterday. The following are profiles of them and their replacements. IN: Mr Justice Patrick Chan, 52, now Chief Judge of the High Court, will be the first locally trained law graduate to reach the Court of Final Appeal. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1974 and a post-graduate Certificate in Law in 1975. After being called to the Hong Kong Bar in 1976, he practised privately until being appointed a District Court judge in November 1987. He took up his present position in July 1997. Mr Justice Chan, widely regarded as 'the nicest man in the courts', has undertaken extensive charity and social work, especially for the Po Leung Kuk. He is married with no children. IN: Mr Justice Roberto Ribeiro, 51, was promoted to the Court of Appeal only in January this year. Born in Hong Kong in 1949, he was educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a bachelor degree as well as masters degree in law in 1971 and 1972 respectively. He was called to the English Bar and the Hong Kong Bar in 1978, and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990. He began his career in the Judiciary in 1997 when he was appointed as Recorder of the Court of First Instance. He is married with no children. OUT: Mr Justice Henry Litton, 66, has been described as 'cultured, clever and a hell of a tennis player'. Known as an environmentalist, he was born in Hong Kong in 1934 and educated at the Diocesan Boys' School. He obtained his law degree at Oxford University and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1970. Appointed as a permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal in July 1997, he says he is resigning because of family commitments. Mr Justice Litton served as chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association, the Town Planning Appeal Board and Noise Control Appeal Board.He is married with six children. OUT: Mr Justice Charles Ching, 65, born in Hong Kong and educated at Oxford University, has been hailed as 'Hong Kong's most successful barrister ever'. He was awarded a degree in jurisprudence in 1957 and was called to the Bar in England and Hong Kong in 1959. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1974. He left his private practice to join the Court of Appeal in 1995 and was appointed a permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal in July 1997. Besides court service, he has served as chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association and as an honorary lecturer in law at Hong Kong University. An enthusiastic racing car driver, he is married with three daughters.