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Court of Appeal (Hong Kong) Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court_of_Appeal_(Hong_Kong)

Coordinates: 22°16′41.38″N 114°9′47.23″E / 22.2781611°N 114.1631194°E / 22.2781611; 114.1631194

Court of Appeal
High Court Building Drop off area 2017.jpg
Entrance of the High Court
Established1 July 1997
Location38 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Authorized byHong Kong Basic Law
Appeals toCourt of Final Appeal
Websitehttp://www.judiciary.gov.hk/en/index/index.htm
President of the Court of Appeal
CurrentlyThe Honourable Mr Justice Jeremy Poon Shiu-chor, CJHC
Court of Appeal
Traditional Chinese上訴法庭
Simplified Chinese上诉法庭

The Court of Appeal of the High Court of Hong Kong is the second most senior court in the Hong Kong legal system. It deals with appeals on all civil and criminal cases from the Court of First Instance and the District Court. It is one of two courts that makes up the High Court of Hong Kong (which was formerly known as the Supreme Court of Hong Kong). Sometimes criminal appeals from Magistrates' Courts with general public importance are also dealt with in the Court of Appeal, either by referral by a single judge from the Court of First Instance, or upon granting of leave on application for review by the Secretary for Justice.

This court also hears appeals from the Lands Tribunal and various tribunals and statutory bodies.

The Chief Judge of the High Court of Hong Kong serves as the President of the Court of Appeal.

Prior to the establishment of the Court of Appeal in 1976, a Full Court consisting of first instance High Court judges was constituted to hear appeals.[1]

Cases in the Court of Appeal are decided by a bench consisting of one, two or three Judges. On rare occasions, having regard to the public importance of the issue, the Court of Appeal has been constituted by a division of five Judges.[2][3] Final substantive appeal hearings take place before a bench of three Judges. In civil cases, interlocutory appeals and leave to appeal application hearings take place before a bench of two Judges.[4] A single Judge can grant leave to appeal on a paper application and make procedural orders/directions not involving the determination of an appeal.[5] In criminal cases, appeals against sentence take place before a bench of two Judges[6] and leave to appeal application hearings take place before a single Judge.[7] A decision by a two-member bench of the Court of Appeal has the same binding precedential value as a decision by a three-member bench of the Court of Appeal[8][9] or a five-member bench of the Court of Appeal.[10] If a case is heard by a two-member bench and the two Judges differ on the outcome, then the lower court's judgment or order will not be disturbed.[11] In such a situation, any party can apply for the case to be re-heard by an uneven number of Judges in the Court of Appeal.[12][13]

A Judge of the Court of First Instance may also sit as a Judge in the Court of Appeal,[14] including as a single Judge (for example, when determining applications for leave to appeal in criminal cases).[15]

Cases[edit]

In August 2022, the court ruled that same-sex marriages overseas would not be recognized as valid in Hong Kong, resulting in no rights or benefits given to married couples in Hong Kong.[16]

List of Justices of Appeal[edit]

# Name Tenure Reason for tenure end Silk Ref
1 Gerald Michael Godfrey 1997–2000 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal QC (1971)
2 Michael Stuart-Moore, GBS 1997–1999 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal QC (1990)
3 Anthony Gordon Rogers, GBS 1997–2000 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal QC (1984)
4 Arthur Leong Siu-chung, GBS 1997–2000 Became Chief Judge of the High Court
5 Simon Herbert Mayo, GBS 1997–2000 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal
6 Sir Brian Richard Keith 1999–2001 Retired QC (1989)
7 Michael Wong Kin-chow, GBS 1999–2001 Retired
8 Woo Kwok-hing, GBS 2000–2004 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal QC (1987) [17]
9 Roberto Alexandre Vieira Ribeiro, GBM 2000 Became Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal QC (1990)
10 Doreen Maria Le Pichon, GBS 2000–2011 Retired
11 Frank Stock, GBS 2000–2009 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal QC (1985) [18]
12 Peter Cheung Chak-yau 2001–
13 Wally Yeung Chun-kuen, GBS 2002–2011 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal [19]
14 Maria Candace Yuen Ka-ning 2002–
15 Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM 2002–2003 Became Chief Judge of the High Court QC (1993)
16 Robert Tang Kwok-ching, GBM, SBS 2005–2006 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal QC (1986) [20]
17 Michael John Hartmann, GBS 2008–2012 Retired (Non-permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal)
18 Susan Kwan Shuk-hing 2009–2019 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal [21]
19 Joseph Paul Fok 2011–2013 Became Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal SC (1999)
20 Carlye Chu Fun-ling 2011–
21 Michael Victor Lunn, GBS 2011–2014 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal QC (1994) [22]
22 Johnson Lam Man-hon 2012–2013 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal [23]
23 Aarif Tyebjee Barma 2012– SC (2002)
24 Andrew Colin Macrae 2013–2018 Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal SC (1999) [24]
25 Ian Charles McWalters, GBS 2014–2021 Retired SC (2005)
26 Derek Pang Wai-cheong 2015–
27 Jeremy Poon Shiu-chor 2015–2019 Became Chief Judge of the High Court
28 Kevin Paul Zervos 2018– SC (2003)
29 Thomas Au Hing-cheung 2019–
30 Anderson Chow Ka-ming 2021– SC (2004)
31 Godfrey Lam Wan-ho 2021– SC (2008)
32 Maggie Poon Man-kay 2021–
33 Anthea Pang Po-kam 2021–

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Solicitor v The Law Society of Hong Kong, FACV 24/2007, reported at (2008) 11 HKCFAR 117, at para. 21
  2. ^ A Solicitor v The Law Society of Hong Kong, FACV 24/2007, reported at (2008) 11 HKCFAR 117, at para. 21
  3. ^ See, for example, Chan Pui-ki v Leung On, CACV 263/1995, reported at [1996] 2 HKLRD 401, which was heard by the Vice President of the Court of Appeal (Mr Justice Litton) and four Justices of Appeal (Mr Justice Bokhary, Mr Justice Mortimer, Mr Justice Godfrey and Mr Justice Ching)
  4. ^ High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4), Section 34B(4)
  5. ^ High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4), Section 35(1)
  6. ^ High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4), Section 34(2A)
  7. ^ High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4), Section 34A
  8. ^ A Solicitor v The Law Society of Hong Kong, FACV 24/2007, reported at (2008) 11 HKCFAR 117, at para. 57
  9. ^ Chiu Hoi Po v Commissioner of Police, CACV 200/2006, reported at [2008] 4 HKLRD 67, at para. 45
  10. ^ A Solicitor v The Law Society of Hong Kong, FACV 24/2007, reported at (2008) 11 HKCFAR 117, at para. 58
  11. ^ High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4), Section 34(5)-(6)
  12. ^ High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4), Section 34B(5)
  13. ^ See, for example, Eugene Jae-Hoon Oh v Kate Gaskell Richdale, CACV 162/2003, reported at [2005] 2 HKLRD 285, in which Ma CJHC and Cheung JA disagreed on the outcome. The case was subsequently re-heard before Woo VP, Le Pichon JA and Chung J in Eugene Jae-Hoon Oh v Kate Gaskell Richdale, CACV 162/2003.
  14. ^ High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4), Section 5(2)
  15. ^ Criminal Procedure Ordinance (Cap. 221), Section 83Y
  16. ^ Standard, The. "Jailed gay rights activist loses appeal to have Hong Kong marriage laws reviewed ". The Standard. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  17. ^ "Retired judge Woo Kwok-hing first to officially throw hat in the ring for Hong Kong's 2017 chief executive election". South China Morning Post. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Face to Face with Frank Stock, Former Vice-President of the Court of Appeal | Hong Kong Lawyer". www.hk-lawyer.org. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Hong Kong's Legal Services". www.legalhub.gov.hk. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  20. ^ Keepthinking. "The Honourable Robert TANG Ching, GBM, SBS, JP". www.westkowloon.hk. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  21. ^ "Appointment of Vice-President of the Court of Appeal of the High Court". www.info.gov.hk. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  22. ^ "Michael Lunn to head panel to review bus franchise | Hong Kong | China Daily". www.chinadailyhk.com. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Judicial appointment". www.info.gov.hk. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  24. ^ "Appointment of Vice-President of the Court of Appeal". www.info.gov.hk. Retrieved 20 July 2020.

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