|Court of Appeal|
|Established||1 July 1997|
|Location||38 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong|
|Authorized by||Hong Kong Basic Law|
|Appeals to||Court of Final Appeal|
|President of the Court of Appeal|
|Currently||The Honourable Mr Justice Jeremy Poon Shiu-chor, CJHC|
|Court of Appeal|
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.
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. 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. A single Judge can grant leave to appeal on a paper application and make procedural orders/directions not involving the determination of an appeal. In criminal cases, appeals against sentence take place before a bench of two Judges and leave to appeal application hearings take place before a single Judge. 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 or a five-member bench of the Court of Appeal. 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. 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.
A Judge of the Court of First Instance may also sit as a Judge in the Court of Appeal, including as a single Judge (for example, when determining applications for leave to appeal in criminal cases).
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.
|#||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)|||
|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)|||
|12||Peter Cheung Chak-yau||2001–|
|13||Wally Yeung Chun-kuen, GBS||2002–2011||Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal|||
|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)|||
|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|||
|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||Johnson Lam Man-hon||2012–2013||Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal|||
|23||Aarif Tyebjee Barma||2012–||SC (2002)|
|24||Andrew Colin Macrae||2013–2018||Became Vice President of the Court of Appeal||SC (1999)|||
|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–|