PRESIDENT (in Cantonese): Good morning, Honourable Members. We will now start the meeting. First of all, the motion on the "Appointment of the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Secretary for Justice.
SECRETARY FOR JUSTICE (in Cantonese): Madam President, I move the motion standing in my name on the Revised Agenda, that is: That this Council is in support of the proposal to appoint Mr Andrew LI K N as the Chief Justice of the CFA of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).
On 1 July 1997, upon the establishment of the Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong will, for the first time in its history, have its own highest appellate court in its territory. To ensure a smooth transition for the Judiciary, preparations are in hand to establish the court, a prime task being the appointment of the Chief Justice of the CFA.