The Law Society of Hong Kong has applauded Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam’s appointment of honourable justice Andrew Cheung as Hong Kong’s next chief justice, as the incumbent Geoffrey Ma prepares to step down early next year.
Cheung, who is currently a permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal, will become chief justice on 11 January 2021, when Ma retires.
A specialist in judicial reviews, Justice Cheung has ruled on numerous high-profile cases related to constitutional and human rights. He has a distinguished record of judicial service on the bench since being appointed a district judge in 2001.
In 2011, he was appointed the Chief Judge of the High Court and the President of the Court of Appeal of the High Court, and a permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal in 2018.
“The Law Society is confident that Mr Justice Cheung will continue with the good tradition of Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma to head an independent judiciary upholding the rule of law, which is of cardinal importance to Hong Kong under the principle of One Country, Two Systems,” said a Hong Kong Law Society statement.