City's Top Court To Get First-ever Female Judges

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2018-03-21 HKT 18:24

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  • Baroness Hale (left) and Beverley McLachlin are set to become the first female judges at the Court of Final Appeal. Photos: Supreme Court of the UK / Supreme Court of Canada

    Baroness Hale (left) and Beverley McLachlin are set to become the first female judges at the Court of Final Appeal. Photos: Supreme Court of the UK / Supreme Court of Canada

The Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Wednesday that Hong Kong's top court could soon have it first ever female judges.

Lam said she had accepted an independent board's recommendation to appoint Baroness Brenda Hale and Beverley McLachlin as non-permanent judges of the Court of Final Appeal.

Hale was made president of the Supreme Court of the UK last year, while McLachlin is a former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

During a meeting with the press, Lam described the two women as "judges of eminent standing and reputation". She said if the Executive Council approves the appointments, it will be a historic moment for Hong Kong.