Hong Kong Lawyer

November 2017

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LAW SOCIETY NEWS 律 師 會 新 聞 YSG : Distinguished Speakers' Luncheon On 26 August, the Young Solicitors' Group ("YSG") together with almost 70 members were honoured to host a luncheon with The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma as the Guest of Honour. At the luncheon, the Chief Justice spoke on the topic "Twenty Years of the Court of Final Appeal". The Chief Justice described the various challenges the CFA has faced since its establishment upon the handover, how it has overcome the same, and continues to be a bastion of justice within the city. The Chief Justice in particular stressed the importance of the Courts of Hong Kong to professionally execute its duties of upholding the laws of the city and to resist the political and social pressures imposed on it from all the different stakeholders in Hong Kong, including political groups, the government, the media or sections of the public. Despite the many challenges the Courts are facing, the Chief Justice remains optimistic that the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Hong Kong citizenry as enshrined in the Basic Law, the Bill of Rights Ordinance and various international treaties including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights will continue to be upheld. We would like to thank Chief Justice Ma for spending time to share his knowledge and views with our young members and for leading the Judiciary and Hong Kong by the rule of law. If you would like to read the full speech of the Chief Justice at the luncheon, please visit http://www.hklawsoc.org.hk/mem/photos/390_ YSGSpeech2017.pdf. Reported by Anson Douglas The Chief Justice with participating members. 首席法官與出席午餐的會員。 The Chief Justice delivering his speech. 首席法官在午餐上演講。 年青律師組:業界精英午餐講座 年青律師組與約70位會員於8月26日有幸與終審法院首席 法官馬道立共進午餐。 馬道立法官在午餐上就「終審法院20年」發表講話,闡 述終審法院自回歸成立以來面對的挑戰、如何克服這些挑 戰,繼續擔當香港司法的堡疊。 馬法官特別強調,香港法院有必要專業地履行捍衛法治的 責任,抵抗不同持份者(包括政治團體、政府、媒體或部 份公眾)施加的政治和社會壓力。 儘管法院面對種種挑戰,但馬法官仍樂觀地認為,《基本 法》、《人權法案條例》和各項國際條約,包括《公民權 利和政治權利國際公約》所載的公民的基本權利和自由, 將繼續得到維護。 我們感謝馬法官撥冗與年青會員分享他的知識和意見,領 導司法機構,捍衛香港的法治。 馬道立法官在午餐上發言的全文已上載到律師會網頁,網 址為http://www.hklawsoc.org.hk/mem/photos/390_ YSGSpeech2017.pdf。 由鄭安生律師報導 22 www.hk-lawyer.org •  November 2017

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