19th March 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Mr Andrew Cheung Kui-nung, will lead a delegation of Hong Kong Judiciary officials to visit cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai. The visit is scheduled to take place over three days starting from 20th March. The primary objective of the visit is to foster better cooperation between the Judiciary of Hong Kong and Mainland China.
During the visit, the delegation will meet with Vice-president of the Supreme People’s Court, Mr Yang Wanming, and visit court facilities in these cities. They will also attend forums and have professional exchanges with Mainland judges and judicial staff on court operation matters and other judicial issues. The delegation includes esteemed members of the Judiciary, such as the Chief Judge of the High Court, Mr Justice Jeremy Poon, Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the High Court, Mr Justice Godfrey Lam, Judges of the Court of First Instance of the High Court, Mr Justice Anthony Chan and Mr Justice David Lok, and the Judiciary Administrator, Ms Esther Leung.
This visit forms part of the ongoing exchanges between the Judiciary of Hong Kong and the Mainland courts. It is intended to strengthen the communication and cooperation between the two legal systems, promoting mutual understanding and exchange of knowledge. The visit is also expected to provide an opportunity for the Hong Kong Judiciary officials to gain insights into the operation of the Mainland legal system and learn from the experiences of their Mainland counterparts.
The delegation will return to Hong Kong on the afternoon of 22nd March. During Chief Justice Cheung’s absence from Hong Kong, Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal, Mr Justice Roberto Alexandre Vieira Ribeiro, will serve as Acting Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal.
The visit is of great significance to the Judiciary of Hong Kong, as it will help to promote the rule of law and enhance mutual trust and understanding between the two legal systems. It is also an opportunity for the Hong Kong Judiciary officials to showcase the high standards and professionalism of the Hong Kong legal system. The visit is expected to further strengthen the cooperation and exchange between the Judiciary of Hong Kong and the Mainland courts, thereby contributing to the stability and prosperity of the Greater Bay Area.