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Judicial Appointment

    The following is issued on behalf of the Judiciary:

     The Judiciary today (December 22) announced the appointment of Mr Darryl Gordon Saw as Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court.  His appointment will take effect from January 15, 2007.

     The appointment is made by the Chief Executive on the recommendation of the Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission.

     As Mr Saw was the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, he will not, for six months after joining the Judiciary, deal with any criminal trials or appeals or any civil cases involving the Government.

     The biographical note of Mr Saw is as follows:

     Mr Saw was born in Australia in 1948.  He obtained LL.B from the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 1970.  He was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, as well as the High Court of Australia in 1972.  He was admitted as Barrister of the Victorian Bar of Australia in 1973.  He was appointed Queen¡¦s Counsel in 1997 in Hong Kong.  He was in private practice in Australia from 1973 to 1987.  He joined the then Legal Department as Crown Counsel in 1987 and was promoted to Senior Crown Counsel in 1988, Deputy Principal Crown Counsel in 1995 and Principal Government Counsel in 1999.  He took up the post of Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in 1999.

Ends/Friday, December 22, 2006
Issued at HKT 17:23