Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung, the Chief Judge of the High Court, has been appointed as a permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal with effect from October 25, the Judiciary announced today.
Meanwhile, Justice Robert Tang Ching has been appointed as a non-permanent Hong Kong judge of the top court for a term of three years with effect from the same date and Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond and Beverley McLachlin, PC, have been appointed as non-permanent judges from other common law jurisdictions.
Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li noted that the government would be seeking the endorsement of the Legislative Council of the recommended appointment.
Currently, there are three non-permanent Hong Kong judges and 12 non-permanent common law judges. The maximum number of non-permanent judges is 30.
In hearing and determining an appeal, the Court of Final Appeal is constituted by five judges - the Chief Justice, three permanent judges and one non-permanent Hong Kong judge or one non-permanent common law judge.