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Macau | Newly appointed magistrates to "alleviate pressure" on the Macau SAR judicial system

The Macau SAR Court of First Instance has a new Presiding Judge and eight new judges, all appointed today by the Chief Executive, who also presided the swearing in of five new Public Prosecution Office delegates

Leong Fong Meng, a Judge of the local board of the Judiciary Council of Macau, was appointed today to the post of Presiding Judge of the Court of First Instance, while Ho Chong In, Chong Chi Wai, Rong Qi, Lam Ka Heng, Chang Sin I, Chu Ka Sin, Chan Ka Man and Xu Teng were also appointed today to the positions of judges at the Court of First Instance.

Five delegates of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the MSAR were also sworn in today in a ceremony presided by Chief Executive (CE) Fernando Chui Sai On.

The oath ceremony was presided over by the Public Prosecutor-General, Ip Son Sang, with the new delegates being Ho I Sut, Mui Cheng Fei, Chong Sio U, Pao In Hang and Lei Un San.

Having new magistrates is good news for the Macau [SAR] judicial system and I hope the new magistrates can adapt as quickly as possible to the work rhythm and contribute to the judicial work of the city. The pressure on judicial departments will be alleviated,” the Prosecutor said.

Mr. Ip also stated there was the need to recruit more justice officials and when asked about the possibility of changing the Basic Law of the Judicial Organization, the Prosecutor only said any amendment “must” take into consideration “changing society needs”.

Last week, the President of the Court of Final Appeal, Sam Hou Fai, stated in his address the need for revising the law for the judicial organisation in order to resolve procedure constraints, referring to the stalling of case hearings during the trial of former Prosecutor-General, Ho Chio Meng, in a corruption case.

The five new Delegates of the Prosecution Office were admitted in 2015 to the training course for entry into the judicial and prosecutorial magistracies and attended theoretical and trainee courses at the Legal and Judicial Training Centre for two years.