Andrew Cheung Kui-nung, the new Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, was sworn in on January 11.
The 59-year-old vowed to continue efforts to safeguard the rule of law.
Cheung joined Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's judiciary in 2001. He became a permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal in October 2018.
Hong Kong's judiciary must remain independent and impartial and continue to safeguard the rule of law. The judges must be upright, Cheung said at the ceremonial opening of the legal year 2021.