Retired Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin has been appointed to Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal.
The court, which is Hong Kong’s highest appellate court, made the announcement Wednesday that McLachlin will be one of its newest non-permanent judges. Hong Kong retained its own legal system when the United Kingdom handed sovereignty of the island back to China in 1997.
In addition to its permanent justices, the Court of Final Appeal has up to 30 non-permanent rotating judges, who can be from other common law jurisdictions. Non-permanent judges have come from New Zeland, Australia and the United Kingdom, but McLachlin will be the first Canadian to sit on the court.