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Chief Justice on Reality and Future of Constitution

Mr. Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong, hosted the University’s 50th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture on 22 March. Entitled ‘The Essence of Our Society: from a Written Constitution to Reality and into the Future 50 Years’, the lecture drew an audience of about 400 academics, students, legal practitioners, and members of the public.

In the lecture, Mr. Justice Ma pointed out that most people in our community, including himself, believe that the legal system which exists in Hong Kong is a good one, and stressed the independent judiciary is a core value of the system. Whether or not a case is a controversial topic, the court will simply apply the law. One of his main responsibilities is for the judiciary to continue to earn the respect and confidence of the community and all who are concerned with Hong Kong.