The Court of Final Appeal (CFA) officially moved to its new location in the former Legislative Council Building on 8 Jackson Road, Central on Monday.

The building, which has been newly renovated, will include two law courts, a registration area, a lounge for lawyers, office facilities for judges, a changing room, four conference rooms and a press room.

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The new Court of Final Appeal building, which was formerly occupied by the Legislative Council. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Following the move, the CFA will no longer operate at its former site at 1 Battery Path, and members of the public will have to go to the new building if they wish to file court documents. The CFA will take cases at the new premises starting September 29.

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Former Court of Final Appeal Building. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

According to reports, the date for the official opening ceremony has yet to be announced. The CFA will soon arrange for guided tours and exhibitions to introduce the legal history of Hong Kong to the public, but as of now it is not open for visits.

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Logo of the Hong Kong judiciary. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Last month, the judiciary launched its logo, which is based on an elevation drawing of the building. “The logo in blue displays solemnity and dignity, representing the Judiciary’s core value of administering open and impartial justice,” it announced.

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Supreme Court of Hong Kong. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Previously, the CFA was located in the Former French Mission Building. The current home of the CFA is the building that housed the Supreme Court of Hong Kong from 1912 to 1984 and was then occupied by the Legislative Council from 1985 to 2011. Both buildings are declared monuments under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.