- Title: Hong Kong appoints new chief justice amid coronavirus epidemic
- Date: 24th March 2020
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (MARCH 24, 2020) (REUTERS) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE LAM STANDING AT PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "I would like to announce that I have accepted the recommendation from Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission and appointed Cheung Kui-nung, the permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal, as the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, which means Cheung Kui-nung will be the third Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal after the handover." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "He is well-respected in the judiciary and legal circles. He had served as the Chief Justice of the High Court for over seven years, therefore, he is very experienced in managing the administration of the judiciary." MEDIA AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "After the Legislative Council has approved this appointment, according to cap. 88 of the Basic Law, I will make the appointment. The appointment will be effective on 11 January 11, 2021." JOURNALIST SITTING LAM LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE
- Keywords: COVID-19 Carrie Lam China Hong Kong coronavirus disease health
- Reuters ID: LVA001C6ET0ZR
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Duration: 00:01:22
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced on Tuesday (March 24) a new chief justice for the city-state who will take over next year.
Andrew Cheung Kui-nung is set to be the city's new Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal.
Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, the current judge would step down as the city's most senior judge as he reached the retirement age of 65.
The judiciary changes come as Hong Kong, like many cities globally, is grappling with the spread of the coronavirus. Hong Kong has banned all tourist arrivals as the city reported 357 cases of the virus on Monday (March 23). Four people have died of the disease in the Chinese-controlled territory.
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