The new Chief Justice Andrew Cheung was sworn in at Government House today. Chief Executive Carrie Lam congratulated him on his assumption of office and pledged her continued support for the Judiciary.
Mr Cheung took the judicial oath, which was administered by Mrs Lam.
The Chief Justice swore that he will uphold the Basic Law, bear allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, serve the Hong Kong SAR conscientiously, dutifully, in full accordance with the law, honestly and with integrity, safeguard the law and administer justice without fear or favour, self-interest or deceit.
On the first day of his assumption of office, Mr Cheung expressed that he was deeply honoured and privileged to be given the opportunity to serve the Hong Kong SAR as the Chief Justice.
Mr Cheung added he would endeavour to maintain the independence and impartiality of the Judiciary and safeguard the rule of law.
The Chief Justice said he looks forward to taking forth a professional and efficient Judiciary that moves with the times, a Judiciary that administers justice in full accordance with the law, without fear or favour, self-interest or deceit.
Mrs Lam said she is confident that under Mr Cheung’s leadership, the Judiciary will continue to be a bulwark of the “one country, two systems” policy and Hong Kong’s judges will continue to safeguard the law and administer justice without fear or favour.
She reiterated that there is no conflict between an executive-led system and an independent judiciary, adding that she will continue to steadfastly safeguard judicial independence.
She stressed that the Government has been giving full support to the Judiciary to ensure its effective operation and it will continue to provide all the needed support.