The Guardian: Canadian judge is latest to step down from Hong Kong’s top court

Beverley McLachlin’s decision comes after British judge Lord Sumption quit court of final appeal, condemning ‘impossible political environment’

A former chief justice of Canada’s supreme court has announced she is stepping down from Hong Kong’s court of final appeal – the latest in a string of departures amid concerns about judicial independence from China.

Beverley McLachlin, 80, said she would be leaving the territory’s top court when her term ends next month to spend more time with her family, but that she still held “confidence in the members of the court, their independence and their determination to uphold the rule of law”.

Her announcement came as a British judge who resigned from the court last week described the “impossible political environment” China had created in Hong Kong, saying the rule of law was under “grave threat” and he was no longer optimistic about its survival.

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