Jeremy Poon Shiu-Chor
|5th Chief Judge of the High Court|
|Designated National Security Law Judge|
|Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the High Court|
|Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court|
|Deputy Registrar of the High Court|
|Born||February 1962 (age 59)|
British Hong Kong
|Alma mater||University College London|
University of Hong Kong
|Jeremy Poon Shiu-Chor|
Poon was born in Hong Kong in 1962. He received an LLB in 1985 and a PCLL in 1986 from the University of Hong Kong. He earned an LLM from University College London in the United Kingdom in the following year.
In 1993, Poon joined the bench as a Permanent Magistrate. He sat as a Presiding Officer in the Labour Tribunal. Poon was appointed as Deputy Registrar of the High Court in 1999 and as Judge of Court of First Instance of the High Court in 2006. From 2011 to 2015, he was the Civil Listing Judge and the Judge in charge of the Probate List, the Family Law List and the Mental Health List.
On 22 May 2019, acting on the recommendation of the independent Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission (JORC), the Chief Executive announced Poon's appointment as Chief Judge of the High Court (a post which had become vacant upon the appointment of Andrew Cheung as a Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal in October 2018), subject to the endorsement of the Legislative Council in accordance with Article 90 of the Basic Law. Pending the Legislative Council's endorsement, Poon was appointed as Acting Chief Judge of the High Court on 1 August 2019. After the Legislative Council endorsed Poon's appointment, Poon became Chief Judge of the High Court with effect from 18 December 2019.
In January 2021, Poon ruled that all three methods of building land under the Small House Policy were completely legal, overturning an earlier decision in 2019. Poon told the plaintiffs, Hendrick Lui Chi-hang and Kwok Cheuk-kin, that they did not have sufficient standing to bring up the case because they do not own land rights in the New Territories. In response, a member of the Liber Research Community said that "The ding right affects every Hong Kong citizen as it competes with other land uses for land resources. The government has had to reserve lots of space in new towns for villagers to build their homes, while the land could have been better used for higher-density developments. How can the court say we have no stake in the issue?"