Court of Final Appeal

Hand embroidered work

終審法院

刺繡作品

On July 1, 1997 the Court of Final Appeal was established as the appellate court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Before 1997, the final appellate court of Hong Kong as a British colony was the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London.


Between 1997 and 2015, the Court of Final Appeal was located in the building known as the former French Mission Building at 1 Battery Path, Hong Kong.


This building is a declared monument. It was acquired and substantially rebuilt in 1917 by the French Society of Foreign Missions, a Catholic missionary society from France. Apart from certain interruptions during the Second World War, it was used by that Society. After 1997, the chapel in the building became the court room of the Court of Final Appeal.


In 1953, the Society sold it back to the Hong Kong Government. Until 1997, it had been used during certain periods for various public purposes, including at the District Court and the Supreme Court (known after 1997 as the High Court).


In 2015, the Court of Final Appeal was relocated to the Court of Final Appeal Building at 8 Jackson Road, Hong Kong. This building is also known as the old Supreme Court Building as it had housed the former Supreme Court (1912-1983). It also housed the Legislative Council (1985-2011).


As Chief Justice, Mr Li had stated: “I for one shall be nostalgic for the French Mission Building where the Court spent its formative years and which holds so many memories of the challenges during my tenure. But it will be time to move on.” [See CJ Li’s Speech at the Opening of the Legal Year on 11 January 2010.]


This embroidered image of the Court of Final Appeal in the French Mission Building was presented to Chief Justice Li by the Correctional Services Department in 2008. It is understood that it is the handicraft work of persons in custody.

199771日,終審法院成為中華人民共和國香港特別行政區的最終上訴法院。在1997年前的殖民地時代,香港的最終上訴法院為倫敦樞密院的司法委員會。


1997年至2015年期間,香港終審法院位於中環炮台里一號,該址為前法國外方傳道會大樓。


這座建築物是香港法定古蹟,由法國天主教組織法國外方傳道會購入並於1917年完成改建工程。除了在第二次世界大戰期間,大樓一直為法國外方傳道會所使用。大樓内的教堂在1997年後成為終審法院的法庭。

 

1953年,法國外方傳道會將大樓售予香港政府。直至1997年,該座大樓曾先後被用作不同用途,包括地方法院及最高法院(1997年後分別改稱為區域法院和高等法院)。


2015年,終審法院遷往位於昃臣道8號的終審法院大樓。該大樓前身為最高法院大樓(1912-1983),故大樓又名「舊最高法院大樓」。該大樓其後用作立法會大樓(1985-2011)。


李先生作爲終審法院首席法官時曾表示:「日後,我定會懷念這座前法國外方傳道會大樓,這個地方畢竟見證了法院的成長,還載有我在任内經歷挑戰的回憶。然而,我們都總是要邁步向前。」[2010111日終審法院首席法官的法律年度開啟典禮演辭。


這幅刺繡展現座落於前法國外方傳道會大樓的終審法院,據了解,作品出自在囚人士的手工藝,並於2008年由懲教署贈予李國能首席法官。

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