Robert Tang

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The Honourable
Robert Tang (鄧楨)
SBS
Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Assumed office
2012
Preceded by Kemal Bokhary
Personal details
Born 7 January 1947 (1947-01-07)
Shanghai,  Republic of China
Nationality  United Kingdom
Children 2
Alma mater University of Birmingham
Occupation Judge

Robert Tang Ching, SBS (Chinese: 鄧楨; born 7 January 1947) is currently one of the permanent judges of the Court of Final Appeal and vice-president of the Court of Appeal in Hong Kong. He became a permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal on 25 October 2012, succeeding Kemal Bokhary.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Shanghai, Robert Tang received his education in England. In 1969, he graduated from the University of Birmingham.[2]

Legal career[edit]

Tang began his legal career as a barrister at Gray's Inn in England in 1969. He was called to the Bar in Hong Kong in 1970, the Bar of Victoria, Australia in 1984, and the New York Bar in 1986. Tang was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 1986. In 1992, he was admitted as a barrister in Singapore. From 1988 to 1990 he was Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association.

Judicial career[edit]

Tang served as a Deputy District Judge in 1982 and as a Deputy High Court Judge in 1986. He was appointed as a Recorder of the High Court in 1995 and appointed a judge of the High Court in April 2004.

He became a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of Hong Kong on 3 January 2005 and was later appointed as the Vice-President of the Court of Appeal of Hong Kong on 1 November 2006.

He became a permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal from 25 October 2012.

Family[edit]

Tang is married to Cissy K. S. Lam and has two children, Hilary and Charles Tang.

Honours[edit]

In 2004, Tang was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star for his judicial service in Hong Kong.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luk, Eddie (29 March 2012), "I wasn't asked to stay on, says liberal judge", The Standard, retrieved 25 October 2012 
  2. ^ a b "Annex Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Government of Hong Kong. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Kemal Bokhary
Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
2012–present
With: Patrick Chan (2012–2013)
Robert Ribeiro (2012–present)
Joseph Fok (2013–present)
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Previous:
Robert Ribeiro
Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Succeeded by
John B. Mortimer
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal