- The reassignment of a young magistrate is just the latest in a series of controversies drawing the courts into a tug of war over the city’s future
- With complaints about judges piling up from both sides of the political aisle, Hong Kong’s judiciary finds itself treading an increasingly fine line
Rarely had a judicial appointment, particularly a junior one, triggered such intense scrutiny in the city.
Steeped in the traditions of the common law system inherited from its former British rulers – replete with grey wigs, formal titles and pristine white collar bands – Hong Kong’s judiciary has long prided itself on remaining high above the mudslinging political fray.
But the uproar over Eastern Magistrate Stanley Ho Chun-yiu’s reassignment shows just how much the landscape has changed. While pressure on the judiciary first began building over cases tied to the 2014 Occupy protests, the branch in recent months has found itself dragged even deeper into a tug of war over the city’s future.
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