CE accepts appointment of Lord Hodge as appeals judge

Hong Kong Chief Government Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor retains a push conference at Central Governing administration Offices on Sept 22, 2020. (PARKER ZHENG / CHINA Day by day)

Main Government Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has approved the Judicial Officers Suggestion Commission’s (JORC) remmendation for the appointment of Lord Patrick Hodge as non-permanent judge of the Court docket of Closing Appeal.

In a statement issued on Monday morning, the government reported Lam will make the appointment below Post 88 of the Standard Legislation the moment the Legislative Council (LegCo) endorses it.

“I am delighted to acknowledge the JORC’s suggestion on the appointment of Lord Hodge as a non-long term choose from a different popular law jurisdiction of the Courtroom of Closing Enchantment,” Lam was quoted as stating in the assertion.

“Lord Hodge has been appointed as Deputy President of the Supreme Court docket of the United Kingdom since February 2020. He is a decide of eminent standing and name. I am assured that he will be a good asset to the Courtroom of Closing Charm, ” she additional.

Lam also mentioned that with Lord Hodge’s appointment, the panel of non-long lasting judges from other typical law jurisdictions will consist of 14 eminent judges from the United kingdom, Australia and Canada.

“The presence of these esteemed non-everlasting judges manifests the judicial independence of Hong Kong, allows retain a significant diploma of self-assurance in our legal technique, and permits Hong Kong to maintain strong backlinks with other popular legislation jurisdictions,” Lam reported.

“I have each self esteem that these distinguished jurists from overseas with profound judicial knowledge will go on to be a distinctive power of our judicial process,” she additional.

Main Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li welcomed the acceptance by the Chief Government of the JORC’s recommendation on the appointment of Lord Hodge and observed that the authorities would seek out LegCo’s endorsement.

The recommended appointment of Lord Hodge will raise the variety of non-permanent judges from other typical regulation jurisdictions from 13 to 14, giving increased flexibility in dealing with the caseload of the Court of Remaining Appeal.

Lam final thirty day period pressured that the independence of the city’s judiciary continues to be intact.

Hong Kong’s political program, its constitutional buy as well as its judicial independence are free of charge from any interference, Lam said.

In a observe, the HKSAR governing administration also claimed Short article 2 of the Fundamental Regulation stipulates that the widespread law process really should be preserved in Hong Kong.

Post 82, in the meantime, states that the ability of remaining adjudication of Hong Kong shall be vested in its Courtroom of Closing Appeal, which could as expected invite judges from other common regulation jurisdictions to sit on the courtroom.

“The point that these eminent judges sit on the CFA testifies to Hong Kong’s judicial independence, assists manage a high degree of self-confidence in our legal system, and permits Hong Kong to maintain strong inbound links with other popular law jurisdictions,” the statement reads.

According to the assertion, the Primary Legislation gives for the SAR’s political structure, which is an government-led method. Hong Kong’s administrative procedure has a robust division of labor, in which the executive, legislative and judicial branches conduct their obligations independently while also make certain checks and balances amid by themselves, it included.