Former top judge, Sir Noel Power, dies


A former Hong Kong High Court judge, Sir Noel Power, has died in Brunei after a heart attack. He had been sitting in Brunei as President of the Court of Appeal. Sir Noel joined the Hong Kong judiciary in 1965 as a Magistrate and retired in 1999 as Vice-President of the Court of Appeal. He was Acting Chief Justice from August 1996 to June 1997, and was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star for his contributions to the judiciary. He also headed a high-powered committee which in 1985 recommended that RTHK be hived off from the government. The Chief Justice, Andrew Li, said: "Sir Noel Power was one of the most outstanding Judges to have served Hong Kong in recent decades. He was an outstanding lawyer and his judgments have provided authoritative guidance in many areas, particularly in the criminal field. He had a fine intellect, robust common sense and an excellent judicial temperament. Above all, he had a strong sense of fairness and great compassion. He was held in the highest respect."

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