Charles Ching

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Charles Ching (沈澄, 1935[1]–2000) was a judge in Hong Kong.

Born Charles Arthur Ching into an intellectual family in Hong Kong, Ching was educated in Hong Kong and England. He was a scholar both at King's College, Taunton and at University College, Oxford, where he graduated with honours in jurisprudence.

After passing his bar exam in 1959, Ching commenced his practice of law in Hong Kong, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1974. During this period, he was regarded by some as the most successful barrister in Hong Kong's history.

Ching was later appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1995 and the Court of Final Appeal in 1997, where he served with distinction. He resigned in 2000 due to health reasons and died soon after. A scholarship named after him was set up by the Hong Kong Bar Association. Throughout his career both as advocate and as judge Mr. Justice Ching was an advocate for the merging of the legal professions in Hong Kong (barristers and solicitors).


Legal offices
Preceded by
A. Zimmern
Chairman of Hong Kong Bar Association
Succeeded by
Henry Litton
New office Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Served alongside: Henry Litton, Kemal Bokhary
Succeeded by
Robert Ribeiro