Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li (fourth from left) and other guests attend the Opening of the Legal Year earlier this month. The rule of law – which needs an independent judiciary – is widely accepted as the No 1 advantage that Hong Kong has as a business and financial centre. Photo: Sam Tsang

Why Hong Kong must pay its judges more

Bernard Chan says the fact is, about a quarter of our Court of First Instance posts are not filled. We must act to close the salaries gap with the private sector, to help protect Hong Kong’s precious rule of law

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Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li (fourth from left) and other guests attend the Opening of the Legal Year earlier this month. The rule of law – which needs an independent judiciary – is widely accepted as the No 1 advantage that Hong Kong has as a business and financial centre. Photo: Sam Tsang
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