HONG KONG: Leader and political heavyweights said the city’s judicial independence is intact and robust under the National Security Law, and the resignation of a veteran Australian judge from the city’s top court will in no way hamper its judicial independence.
Speaking to the media ahead of her weekly Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, chief executive Carrie Lam explained that the Australian judge did not cite any specific reason for resigning as a non-permanent judge of the Court of the Final Appeal (CFA).
“We have 13 such eminent judges from common law jurisdictions, and I’m sure Hong Kong will continue to benefit from their wise counsel and their expertise in adjudicating cases, ” she said.
Under the Basic Law, judges from other common law jurisdictions are welcome to sit on the CFA.
Lam stressed that Hong Kong’s political system, constitutional order and judicial independence are free from any interference.
Responding to speculations that Judge James Spigelman resigned due to the enactment of the National Security Law, Lam said that judicial independence is not undermined in any way under the law.
“Hong Kong is now restoring law and order, which makes the city an even more attractive place for doing business rather than the contrary, ” she said. — China Daily/ANN
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