The Hong Kong order of precedence is a nominal and symbolic hierarchy of important positions within the Government of Hong Kong.[1] Administered by the government's Protocol Division, the hierarchy does not determine the order of succession for the office of Chief Executive, which is instead specified by the Basic Law of Hong Kong.

As a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong theoretically maintains autonomy on all affairs other than defence and foreign relations. Reflecting that status, the order of precedence does not include state and party leaders of the Central People's Government. Government officials from mainland China are generally treated as special guests when attending Hong Kong government functions.[2]

Hong Kong SAR order of precedence

  1. Chief Executive (John Lee, GBM, SBS, PDSM)[3]
  2. Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal (Andrew Cheung, GBM)
  3. Former Chief Executives
    1. Tung Chee-hwaa, GBM
    2. Donald Tsang, GBM
    3. Leung Chun-yinga, GBM, GBS, JP
    4. Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS, JP
  4. Chief Secretary for Administration (Eric Chan, GBS, IDSM, JP)
  5. Financial Secretary (Paul Chan, GBM, GBS, MH, JP)
  6. Secretary for Justice (Paul Lam, SBS, SC, JP)
  7. President of the Legislative Council and Members of the Executive Council:
    1. President of the Legislative Council (Andrew Leung, GBM, GBS, JP)
    2. Convenor of the Executive Council (Regina Ip, GBM, GBS, JP)
    3. Deputy Chief Secretary for Administration (Warner Cheuk, GBS)
    4. Deputy Financial Secretary (Michael Wong, GBS, JP)
    5. Deputy Secretary for Justice (Horace Cheung, SBS, JP)
    6. Other members of the Executive Council
  8. Other principal officials:
    1. Commissioner of Police (Raymond Siu Chak-yee, PDSM)
    2. Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption (Woo Yong-ming, SBS, CSDSM)
    3. Director of Audit (Nelson Lam, JP)
    4. Director of Immigration (Au Ka-wang, IDSM)
    5. Commissioner of Customs and Excise (Louise Ho, CMSM)
  9. Other members of the Court of Final Appeal and Chief Judge of the High Court:
    1. Permanent Judges of the Court of Final Appeal:
      1. Robert Ribeiro, GBM
      2. Joseph Fok
      3. Johnson Lam
    2. Non-Permanent Judges of the Court of Final Appeal:
      1. Frank Stock GBS, JP
      2. Kemal Bokhary GBM, JP
      3. Patrick Chan Siu-oi GBM
      4. Robert Tang GBM, SBS, JP
      5. The Lord Hoffmann GBS
      6. Murray Gleeson GBS, AC
      7. The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury GBS
      8. The Lord Collins of Mapesbury
      9. The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers GBS
      10. William Gummow AC
      11. Robert French AC
      12. Beverley McLachlin
      13. Jonathan Sumption, Lord Sumption
    3. Chief Judge of the High Court (Jeremy Poon)
  10. Other members of the Legislative Council
  11. Consuls-General (Foreign country diplomats to Hong Kong)
  12. Religious leaders:
    1. Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Andrew Chan)
    2. President of the Hong Kong Buddhist Association (Kuan Yun, MH)
    3. Catholic Bishop of Hong Kong (Stephen Chow)
    4. President of the Confucian Academy (Tong Yun-kai, SBS)
    5. Chairman of the Chinese Muslim Cultural and Fraternal Association (Ali Yuet)
    6. Chairman of the Hong Kong Christian Council (Wong Ka-fai)
    7. Chairman of the Hong Kong Taoist Association (Leung Tak-wah, BBS, MH)
  13. Recipients of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
  14. Heads of universities
    1. President of the City University of Hong Kong (Kuo Way, JP)
    2. President and Vice-Chancellor of the Hong Kong Baptist University (Alexander Wai, JP)
    3. President of the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (Paul Lam, SBS, JP)
    4. President of the Hong Kong Shue Yan University (Henry Hud)
    5. President of the Lingnan University (Leonard Cheng, BBS, JP)
    6. Vice-Chancellor and President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Rocky Tuan)
    7. President of the Education University of Hong Kong (Stephen Cheung, SBS, JP)
    8. President of the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (Simon Ho)
    9. President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Jin-Guang Teng, JP)
    10. President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Nancy Ip, SBS, MH, JP)
    11. Vice-Chancellor and President the University of Hong Kong (Xiang Zhang, JP)
  15. Other members of the High Court:
    1. Justices of Appeal of the Court of Appeal
    2. Judges of the Court of First Instance
  16. Public commissioners:
    1. Chairman of the Public Service Commission (Rita Lau, GBS, JP)
    2. The Ombudsman (Winnie Chiu, PDSM)
  17. Consuls-in-Charge/Honorary Consuls (Foreign country diplomats to Hong Kong)
  18. Permanent Secretaries, Under Secretaries and Officials of Directorate Grade 6 Rank and above
  19. Judges of the District Court:
    1. Chief District Judge (Justin Ko)
    2. Principal Family Court Judge (Chan Chan-kok)
    3. Other District Judges
  20. Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
  21. Justices of the Peace
  22. District Council Chairmen and other members

Hong Kong order of precedence until 1997

Office holders on 1 June 1997 in brackets:[4][5]

  1. Governor (Chris Patten)
  2. Chief Justice (Noel Power (Acting))
  3. Chief Secretary (Anson Chan, CBE, JP)
  4. Commander British Forces in Hong Kong, if of the rank of major general (Major-General Bryan Dutton, CBE)
  5. Heads of Churches
    1. Bishop of Hong Kong (Bishop Peter Kwong)
    2. Roman Catholic Bishop of Hong Kong (Cardinal John Wu)
  6. Financial Secretary (Donald Tsang, OBE, JP)
  7. Attorney General (Jeremy Fell Mathews, CMG, JP)
  8. President of the Legislative Council (Andrew Wong, OBE, JP)
  9. Members of the Executive Council
  10. Other members of the Legislative Council
  11. Diplomatic Officers
    1. Commonwealth Commissioners and Consuls-General de Carriere
    2. Acting Commonwealth Commissioners and Acting Consuls-General de Carriere
    3. Honorary Consuls-General
    4. Senior British Trade Commissioner (Francis Cornish, CMG, LVO)
  12. Heads of Universities
    1. President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Woo Chia-wei, CBE)
    2. President and Vice-Chancellor of the Hong Kong Baptist University (Daniel Tse, CBE, JP)
    3. President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Poon Chung-kwong, OBE, JP)
    4. Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong (Patrick Cheng, CBE, JP)
    5. President of the City University of Hong Kong (Chang Hsin-kang)
    6. Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Arthur Li)
  13. Judges of the Supreme Court
    1. Justices of Appeal
    2. Judges of the High Court
  14. Knights
  15. Heads of Public service units
    1. Commissioner of police (Eddie Hui, QPM, CPM)
    2. Chairman of the Public Service Commission (Haider Hatim Tyebjee Barma, CBE, ISO, JP)
    3. The Ombudsman (Andrew So, OBE, JP)
    4. Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption (Lily Yam, JP)
    5. Chairman of the Urban Council (Ronald Leung, OBE, JP)
    6. Chairman of the Regional Council (Daniel Lam, JP)
  16. Consuls de Carriere who are Heads of Post
  17. Honorary Consuls who are Heads of Post
  18. Other Secretaries and Heads of Group I Departments
  19. Chief of Staff and Senior Naval Officer (Commodore Peter John Melson, CBE)
  20. Hong Kong Commissioner in London (Sir David Robert Ford, KBE, LVO, JP)
  21. Other Members of the Urban and Regional Councils
  22. Administrative Officer Staff Grade "A" and Heads of Departments of similar status
  23. District Judges
  24. District Board Chairmen
  25. Companions, Commanders, Officers and Members of Orders of Chivalry
  26. Justices of the Peace

Notes

a.^ Also the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and will be treated as a guest at SAR functions.
b.^ Also a member of the Legislative Council
c.^ Also a District Council Chairman.
d.^ Henry Hu appeared in an earlier precedence as a recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal.
e.^ The most recent holder of this position, Michael Yeung, died on 3 January 2019.

See also

References

  1. ^ Leach, A. J. (1890). The ordinances of the Legislative council of the colony of... Noronha & Co. Govt. Printers. p. 434.
  2. ^ Ghai, Yash P. (1999). Hong Kong's New Constitutional Order. Hong Kong University Press. p. 543. ISBN 978-962-209-463-5.
  3. ^ "HKSAR Precedence List" (PDF). Protocol Division Government Secretariat, Government of Hong Kong. 1 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Hong Kong Precedence List (1 June 1997)". 1 June 1997.
  5. ^ CR 5/511/97(98)Pt 4, Legislative Council of Hong Kong