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Judicial appointment

The following is issued on behalf of the Judiciary:

     The Judiciary today (September 13) announced the appointment of Mr Kevin Paul Zervos, SC, as Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court. The appointment will take effect from September 16, 2013.

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

     Further judicial appointments will be announced in due course.

     As Mr Zervos, SC was the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Department of Justice prior to the appointment, 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 Zervos is as follows:

     Mr Zervos was born in 1953 in Australia. He obtained a Bachelors degree in Science (Psychology) and an LL.B. from Monash University, Australia in 1975 and 1977 respectively. He further obtained a Master of Laws (Human Rights) degree from the University of Hong Kong in 2009. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, in 1978. He was registered as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia in 1983, and was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, in 1991. He was called to the Bar in Hong Kong in 2001 and appointed as Senior Counsel in 2003. He joined the then Attorney General's Chambers as Crown Counsel in 1992. He was promoted to Senior Crown Counsel in 1993, to Deputy Principal Government Counsel in 1999, and to Principal Government Counsel in 2008. He took up the post of Director of Public Prosecutions in 2011.

Ends/Friday, September 13, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:01


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