‘Overdue’ resignations at Hong Kong’s highest court

Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal on Jackson Road.

Lord Robert Reed’s change of heart took seven months. Only last August, the judge of the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court had deemed Hong Kong’s judiciary to be “largely independently of government” and its decisions to be “consistent with the rule of law.” Based on this assessment, Reed and his counterpart Lord Patrick Hodge continued as non-permanent members of the Court of Final Appeal (CFA), the highest body in the Hong Kong legal system, until further notice.

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