Patrick Chan (judge)

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The Hon Mr Justice
Patrick Chan (陳兆愷)
NPJ GBM
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Incumbent
Assumed office
2013
Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
In office
2000 – 21 October 2013
Appointed by Tung Chee Hwa
Preceded by Henry Litton
Succeeded by Joseph Fok
Chief Judge of the High Court
In office
1997–2000
Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court
In office
1992–1997
District Court
In office
1987–1991
Personal details
Born (1948-10-21) 21 October 1948 (age 65)
Hong Kong
Children None
Alma mater University of Hong Kong

Patrick Chan Siu-oi (traditional Chinese: 陳兆愷; simplified Chinese: 陈兆恺; pinyin: Chén Zhaòkaǐ) is a judge in Hong Kong. He currently serves as a Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal having previously been a Permanent Judge of that court..[1]

Early life, education and Legal Career[edit]

Born in Hong Kong, Patrick Chan attended Wah Yan College, Hong Kong, a prominent Jesuit high school in Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor of Laws ("LLB") degree in 1974 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws in 1975 from the University of Hong Kong. He was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 1976 and was a barrister in private practice until he joined the Judiciary as a District Judge in 1987.

Judicial career[edit]

Between 1987 and 1991, he served as judge in District Courts, having been appointed a District Judge on 9 November 1987. In 1991, he was appointed Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court . In 1992, he began serving as a Judge in the Court of First Instance of the High Court of Hong Kong. In 1997, Chan was appointed Chief Judge of the High Court of Hong Kong and became the first local graduate to serve in that position.[2] In 2000, he was appointed a Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal.

Awards[edit]

Justice Chan was appointed an Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple (England and Wales) in 2001. He was conferred Honorary Fellowships by the University of Hong Kong (2003) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2011). He was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the City University of Hong Kong (2008) and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Hong Kong (2011).

In 2013, Justice Chan was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal, the highest honour given by the HKSAR Government.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hong Kong Judiciary webpage, "About Us - List of Judges and Judicial Officers (Position as at 21 October 2013)".
  2. ^ "榮譽法學博士陳兆愷法官" [Honorable JD Judge Chan Siu-oi] (pdf) (in Chinese). Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Noel Power
as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong
Acting
Chief Judge of the High Court
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Arthur Leong
Preceded by
Henry Litton
Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
2000–2013
With: Kemal Bokhary (2000–2012)
Robert Ribeiro (2000–2013)
Robert Tang (2012–2013)
Succeeded by
Joseph Fok
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Kemal Bokhary
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Mason
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal