Commonwealth Law Conference 2017
20-24 March, 2017 | 
Melbourne, Australia
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Speaker: Mr Justice Joseph Fok
Session C2: Independence of the Judiciary
and Legal Profession
Mr Justice Joseph Fok is a Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.
Mr Justice Fok was born in Hong Kong in 1962. He attended school and university in the United Kingdom. He graduated with an LLB from University College London in 1984 and was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1985 where he undertook commercial pupillage. On returning to Hong Kong in 1986, he was admitted to the Hong Kong Bar and commenced private practice in Temple Chambers, practicing generally in the fields of commercial and public law. He became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1997. In 1999, he was appointed a Senior Counsel and continued in private practice at the Bar until his full-time appointment to the bench in 2010. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1991 and practised on an ad hoc basis in that jurisdiction between 2002 and 2006.
From 2003 to 2009, Mr Justice Fok was a Recorder of the Court of First Instance. He was appointed a Judge of the Court of First Instance in 2010, a Justice of Appeal in 2011 and a Permanent Judge of the Court of First Appeal in October 2013. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2016 and became Bencher of the Middle Temple in 2015.
Mr Justice Fok serves on the Judiciary's Committee on Information Technology and on the Court of First Appeal Rules Committee.
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