SCS visits Judiciary (with photos)

     The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Clement Cheung, visited the Judiciary today (July 15) to learn more about the work of civil servants in the Judiciary Administration and to take the opportunity to meet civil servants working there.

     Accompanied by the Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Thomas Chow, Mr Cheung first met with the Judiciary Administrator, Miss Emma Lau, and the directorate staff. He noted that the institutional independence of the Judiciary and that the Judiciary is committed to maintaining an independent and effective judicial system which upholds the rule of law and safeguards the rights and freedoms of the individual.

     Later, Mr Cheung toured a court room in the High Court and observed the work of Judicial Clerks and Court Interpreters in court proceedings.

     Mr Cheung then visited the control room of the Digital Audio Recording and Transcription Services and was briefed by Court Reporters on the operation of the digital recording system, which has been in use since 1996. Transcripts of the audio record of court proceedings will be provided at the request of the counsel or parties concerned according to court instructions.

     In touring the Probate Registry, Mr Cheung learned that the Registry helps the Registrar to process grant applications and raise requisitions, and assists him in carrying out other functions under the law, including performing the functions of the Official Administrator.

     Lastly, Mr Cheung toured the Bailiff Section and learned that Bailiffs carry out the execution of court orders and judgments, including seizing goods and chattels, and repossessing lands and premises. Bailiffs also serve court summonses and other important legal documents to ensure that justice is fairly administered and carried to its proper conclusion.

     Before concluding his visit, Mr Cheung met staff representatives of various civil service grades in the Judiciary Administration at a tea gathering to exchange views on relevant issues. He praised the efforts made by the staff members and encouraged them to continue providing quality support services.

Ends/Friday, July 15, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:52