Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal

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Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal
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Incumbent
Geoffrey Ma

since 3 September 2010
Style The Honourable
Appointer Chief Executive of Hong Kong with endorsement by the Legislative Council
Term length Life tenure (until statutory retirement at age 65)
Inaugural holder Andrew Li, 1 July 1997
Formation Hong Kong Basic Law
1 July 1997

The Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal is the head of the Judiciary of Hong Kong and the chief judge of the Court of Final Appeal. The Chief Justice is one of four permanent members of the Court. During British rule between 1843 and 1997, the office was known as the Chief Justice of Hong Kong.

The Chief Justice acts as the chief administrative officer for the courts system, and in that capacity serves as the spokesperson for the judicial branch. The office is second only to the Chief Executive of Hong Kong in the Hong Kong order of precedence. In the case of an impeachment of a Chief Executive of Hong Kong, the Chief Justice presides over the trial as provided by the Hong Kong Basic Law.

The first Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal was Andrew Li. The second and incumbent Chief Justice is Geoffrey Ma.

Court of Final Appeal structure[edit]

The Court of Final Appeal is headed by the Chief Justice and comprises three permanent judges and a panel of non-permanent judges. In hearing and determining an appeal, the Court will consist of five judges, and the Court may, as required, invite a non-permanent judge from Hong Kong or another common law jurisdiction such as England and Wales to sit on the Court.

As of December 2008, there are 16 non-permanent judges, six from Hong Kong and ten from other common law jurisdictions.[1]

The Chief Justice is the President of the CFA. Where he is not available to hear an appeal for any cause, he is required to designate a Permanent Judge to sit in his place as President.

List[edit]

Name Tenure Begin Tenure End Duration
Andrew Li Kwok-nang 1 July 1997 31 August 2010 (13 years, 61 days)
Geoffrey Ma Tao-li 1 September 2010 (4 years, 16 days)

Chief Justice's House (Official Residence)[edit]

The Chief Justice resides at the Chief Justice's House at 19 Gough Hill Road, The Peak. It is also known as Clavadel and was built in 1893.

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