LawyersHK Q&A with a former judge at Court of Final Appeal

Q: What are the main disadvantages of commissioning a Commission of Inquiry (#COI) to look into the social unrest?
Hon. Henry Litton GBM CBM JP
Former Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Former Justice Henry Litton was born in Hong Kong. He was educated at Diocesan Boys’ School Kowloon, King’s College Taunton and Merton College Oxford. He was called to the English Bar in 1959, and admitted to practise in Hong Kong in 1960. In 1970, he was made Queen’s Counsel. He is an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn, London. He has served seven terms as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association. He has also served as chairman of numerous statutory boards and tribunals, including the Town Planning Appeal Board. Mr.Litton is also the founder of the Hong Kong Law Journal and served as its editor-in-chief for 22 years. He is also the adviser to the Hong Kong-Macau Office and member of the Basic Law Advisory Committee. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1992 and became one of its Vice Presidents. In 1997, he was appointed Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal. He retired in 2000 and became a Non-Permanent Judge of the CFA for 15 years. In September 2015, he retired from the CFA. Presently, he was an Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Law, Hong Kong University.

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