File of Justice

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File of Justice
GenreLegal Drama
Directed byGary Tang
Alex Pao
Ng Lap-kwong
Cheung Siu-fong
Sandy Shaw
Starring(See entire cast list below)
Opening themeYour Latest Trick by Dire Straits
Country of originHong Kong
Original language(s)Cantonese
No. of episodes119
Producer(s)Gary Tang
Editor(s)Gary Tang
Szeto Kam-yuen
Alex Pao
Mak Chi-sing
Running time45 minutes
Original networkTVB
Original releaseApril 19, 1992 (1992-04-19) –
May 9, 1997 (1997-05-09)

The File of Justice (壹號皇庭) is a series of Hong Kong legal drama produced by TVB. There were 5 seasons produced, the first was aired in 1992 spanning 13 episodes. The series revolves around a group of lawyers and legal personnel with stories interwoven between their personal lives and the court cases (usually one that involves murder) in which they're engaged.

The first series was also noteworthy that first 2 murder cases in the first series ended in capital punishment because it was not abolished in Hong Kong until 1993, yet the last punishment carried out was back in 1966.[1]

This series was also well known for featuring then relatively unknown artists in guest starring or minor roles, who later went on to greater success in film, television or music including Gordon Lam, Leo Ku, Wayne Lai, Joe Ma, Ruco Chan, Kenny Wong.

The theme music is an instrumental version of "Your Latest Trick" by Dire Straits.


  • Ben Yu – A successful prosecutor turned barrister and the protagonist of the series. Often humorous and charming, Ben is also occasionally the butt of jokes to his friends (especially to Michael) because of his tolerance and partly due to his clumsiness. He suffers from a crush for his colleague and fellow lawyer Michelle, who has rejected him on numerous occasions. He shares an apartment with his close friend Raymond and his cousin Man-Bun who is a police detective. Ben is played by Bobby Au Yeung.
  • Michelle Ting – Ben's colleague and love interest, a prosecutor. Michelle is an example of the modern day alpha female – headstrong, stubborn and no-nonsense. Initially, she is fairly cold towards Ben's attempt at wooing her, finding them to be childish and annoying. However, as time goes on, she gradually sees his affection for her to be genuine and accepts him in return. She was Henry Lee's concubine. Michelle is played by Amy Chan.
  • Michael Kong – A paralegal advisor who is best friend to Ben Yu and Raymond Chow. Amongst the group, Michael is shown to be the manipulative and mischievous one. He is sometimes slightly immature and rather cocky and at most times who takes joy in messing around with Ben and Raymond. He works for his widowed mother's law firm and helps her and his sister Helen in handling their cases. Despite his smart alec personality, he does have a kind hearted side and is willing to help those who are less privileged. Michael Kong is played by Michael Tao.
  • Helen Kong – Michael's younger sister who is also a lawyer at their mother's firm, a barrister. Beautiful and intelligent, Helen has a strong work ethic and wisdom beyond her year when it comes to court case matters. She briefly dated Ben's cousin Man-Bun but soon separated due to personal differences. Helen is played by Eugina Lau.
  • Raymond Chow – A close friend to Ben and Michael who also works at Michael's law firm. Generally friendly and good-natured, Raymond is also a man who takes himself too seriously and is far less humorous than his peers. Moralistic and timid, he often disapproves of Michael's immature ways of handling situations. He is also an occasional victim of Ben's crazy schemes when he is attempting to hook-up with Michelle. Raymond is Played by William So.


The first (1992), second (1993), third (1994), fourth (1995) and fifth (1997) installments starring:

Character Actor Occupation Seasons
Ben Yu Choi-chun (余在春) Bobby Au Yeung Prosecutor (S1) Season 1-5
Barrister (S1-5)
Michael Kong Shing-yu (江承宇) Michael Tao Paralegal Advisor Season 1-5
Raymond Chow Chi-fai (周志輝) William So Solicitor Season 1-5
Chow Man-bun (周文彬) Felix Lok Police Sergeant Season 1-5
Michelle Ting Yau (丁柔) Amy Chan Prosecutor Season 1-4
Lora Kong Lee Chung-wan (江李頌雲) So Hang-suen Queen's Counsel Season 1-4
Helen Kong Shing-chau (江承宙) Eugina Lau Barrister Season 1-3
Josephine "Jo" Fong Ka-kei (方家琪) Sammi Cheng Barrister Season 1
Wallis Pang Season 4
Henry Lee Kwok-chu (李國柱) Patrick Dunn Barrister Season 1-2
Mandy "Man" Tong Yuk-man (唐毓文) Faye Wong Prosecutor Season 2
Queenie Tong Tsz-shan (湯芷珊) Iwanbeo Leung Mamasan Season 2
Susan Tong Tsz-kei (湯芷琪) Interior Designer Season 3-4
Jessica Kwan Ching (關靜) Bessie Chan Lawyer (S2) Season 1-4
Prosecutor (S3-4)
Eric Chow Siu-chung (周少聰) Ram Chiang Barrister Season 2-5
Doris Lam Hok-yee (林學宜) Yvonne Lam Police Inspector Season 2-5
Jeff Cheung Ka-yin (張家賢) Hong Chao Feng Prosecutor (S2) Season 2-4
Dickson Li Season 5
Joe Li Sai-wang (李世宏) Bowie Lam Barrister Season 3
Kelvin Fong Wai-ho (方偉豪) Prosecutor (S4) Season 4-5
Samantha "Sam" Ching Yeuk-fai (程若暉) Jessica Hsuan Barrister Season 4-5
Joyce Yan Tsz-kit (殷芷杰) Sheren Tang Forensic Pathologist Season 4
Meiki Wong
Rachel Ching Yeuk-hei (程若曦) Astrid Chan Barrister (S4) Season 4-5
Prosecutor (S5)
Victor Ching Lok-tin (程樂天) Chor Yuen Judge Season 4-5
Chris Yau Wing-hong (邱永康) Patrick Tam Prosecutor (S4-5) Season 4-5
Barrister (S5)
Anthony Yau Wing-kin (邱永健) Wayne Lai Legal Clerk Season 4-5
Stephen Chan Cheuk-yiu (陳卓堯) Steven Ma Doctor Season 4-5
Catherine "Cat" Au Tsz-keung (歐子強) Flora Chan Barrister Season 5
Lee Tung (李彤) Ada Choi Season 5
Alex Tsui Wai-kit (徐偉杰) Lawrence Ng Senior Police Inspector Season 5
Eva Chiu Lai-ying (趙麗瑩) Eileen Yeow Season 5
Stephanie Kwai Yuk-kiu (夔彧藠) Joyce Koi Doctor Season 5
Jenny Lai Ka-yui (黎家蕊) Chen Xiaoyun Prosecutor Season 5

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Leung Kin-ping as Paul, prosecutor (1992–94; & 1997; seasons 1–3; & 5; recurring)
  • Leong Oy / Alice Fung as Leung Mei-ying(梁美英,英姐), maid of Kong's Family, mother of Anthony Yau and Chris Yau (1992-1997; seasons 1–5; recurring)
  • Wong Yat-fei as Yu Chiu-choi(余招財), father of Ben Yu (1992-1993; seasons 1–2; recurring)
  • May Tse as Wong Wing-mui(王詠梅), mother of Ben Yu (1992; seasons 1; recurring)
  • Amy Wu as Yu Choi-tung(余在冬), elder sister of Ben Yu (1992; seasons 1; recurring)
  • Chan Wing-chun as Ho Keung(何強), brother in law of Ben Yu (1992; seasons 1; recurring)
  • Lee Wong-sang as Keung(強), police detective (1992-1995 seasons 1-4; recurring)
  • Daniel Kwok as Chiu(超), police detective (1992-1995; seasons 1-4; recurring)
  • Bertha Ngai as Shirley, Wife of Henry Lee (1992; seasons 1; recurring)
  • Joanna Siu as May Wong Mei-ling(王美玲), Queenie Tong's lesbian lover (1993; seasons 2; recurring)
  • Kenneth Chan as Wilson, Doris Lam's boyfriend (1993; season 2; recurring)
  • Liz Kong as Grace Fong Hei-tung(方曦彤), solicitor (1994; season 3; recurring)
  • Eddie Ng as Ken Chu Ka-hong(朱家康), legal clerk (1994; season 3; recurring)
  • Shirley Yuen as Shirley Wong Suet-yi(王雪怡), victim (1994; season 3; recurring)
  • Zhang Yan as Eva Lam Shuk-han(林淑嫻), nurse (1994; season 3; recurring)
  • Sam Lam as George Pao Sze-chuen(鮑思全), doctor (1994; season 3; recurring)
  • Derek Kok as Wong On(王安), police detective (1994-5; season 3-4; recurring)
  • Joe Ma as Dicky Tse Chun-kit(謝俊傑), Susan Tong's first boyfriend (1994; season 3; recurring)
  • Lee Lung-kei as Philip Law Wai-lam(羅偉林), Susan Tong's ex-lover (1994-5; season 3-4; recurring)
  • Mark Kwok as Tommy Cheng Tze-wai(鄭子偉), police detective (1995; season 4; recurring)
  • Daisy Wong as Ada, legal clerk (1995; season 4; recurring)
  • Gordon Liu as Au Kwok-kin(歐國堅), father of Catherine Au (1997; season 5; recurring)
  • Lisa Lui as Yip Hau-ming(葉巧明), step-mother of Catherine Au (1997; season 5; recurring)
  • Wong Wai as Chiu Chak-choi(趙澤財), father of Eva Chiu (1997; season 5; recurring)
  • Lily Li as Wong Mei-lin(王美蓮), mother of Eva Chiu (1997; season 5; recurring)
  • Carrie Ho as Yeung Ka-lai-na(楊嘉麗娜), police detective (1997; season 5; recurring)
  • Angie Cheong as Daisy Zhang(張小燕), Eric Chow's girlfriend (1997; season 5; recurring)
  • Timothy Siu as So Chun-wai(蘇振威), Kelvin Fong's sub-ordinate (1997; season 5; recurring)
  • Evergreen Mak as Yeung Ka-man(楊家文), younger brother of Yeung Ka-chun (1997; season 5; recurring)
  • Kam Hing-yin as Yeung Ka-chun(楊家俊), older brother of Yeung Ka-man (1997; season 5; recurring)

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes First aired in Hong Kong
1 13 April 19, 1992
2 15 April 18, 1993
3 20 October 10, 1994
4 26 September 11, 1995
5 45 March 10, 1997


  1. ^ Rajesh Chaudhari (2015-10-30), Capital punishment in Hong Kong Top # 5 Facts, retrieved 2018-01-07

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