Court of Final Appeal (Macau)
The Court of Final Appeal of Macau (Portuguese: Tribunal de Última Instância de Macau; Chinese: 澳門終審法院) is the court with the final adjudication power on laws of Macau. Prior to 1999, the highest court was the Higher Court of Justice of Macau and prior to that the Court of Appeal of the Judiciary District of Lisbon in Portugal.
Under the Basic Law of Macau, which is the constitutional document of the region, Macau remains the previous legal jurisdiction. On the other hand, the power of interpretation of the Basic Law itself, being part of the national law, is vested in the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China (NPCSC) in accordance with the Basic Law. However, the same Article delegates such power to the courts of Macau for interpretation while handling court cases.
Judges of the court include the following:
- Sam Hou Fai – President of the Court of Final Appeal of Macau
- Lai Kin Hong - President of the court of second instance
- Tam Hio Wa - President of the courts of first instance
- Alice Leonor das Neves Costa - President of the collective court
- Lau Cheok Va - President of the Legislative Assembly of Macau.