Hong Kong order of precedence

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 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 (Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS, JP) [3]
  2. Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal (Geoffrey Ma GBM)
  3. Former Chief Executives
    1. Tung Chee Hwaa, GBM
    2. Donald Tsang, GBM
    3. Leung Chun-yinga, GBM, GBS, JP
  4. Chief Secretary for Administration (Matthew Cheung, GBM, GBS, JP)
  5. Financial Secretary (Paul Chan, GBM, GBS, MH,JP)
  6. Secretary for Justice (Teresa Cheng, GBS, SC, JP)
  7. President of the Legislative Council and Members of the Executive Council:
    1. President of the Legislative Council (Andrew Leung, GBS, JP)
    2. Convenor of the Executive Council (Bernard Charnwut Chan, GBS, JP)
    3. Other members of the Executive Council:
      1. Laura Cha, GBM, GBS, JP
      2. Arthur Li, GBM, GBS, JP
      3. Chow Chung-kong, GBS, JP
      4. Fanny Law, GBS, JP
      5. Secretary for the Environment (Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP)
      6. Jeffrey Lamb, GBS, JP
      7. Secretary for Innovation and Technology (Nicholas Yang, GBS, JP)
      8. Secretary for Home Affairs (Lau Kong-wah, JP)
      9. Ip Kwok-him, GBM, GBS, JP
      10. Tommy Cheungb, GBS, JP
      11. Martin Liaob, SBS, JP
      12. Joseph Yam, GBM, GBS, JP
      13. Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury (James Lau, JP)
      14. Regina Ipb, GBS, JP
      15. Ronny Tong, SC
      16. Wong Kwok-kin, SBS, JP
      17. Secretary for Labour and Welfare (Law Chi-kwong, GBS, JP)
      18. Secretary for the Civil Service (Joshua Law, GBS, JP)
      19. Secretary for Security (John Lee, SBS, PDSM, JP)
      20. Secretary for Transport and Housing (Frank Chan, JP)
      21. Secretary for Food and Health (Sophia Chan, JP)
      22. Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Edward Yau, GBS, JP)
      23. Lam Ching-choi, BBS, JP
      24. Secretary for Development (Michael Wong Wai-lun, JP)
      25. Secretary for Education (Kevin Yeung, JP)
      26. Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs (Patrick Nip, JP)
      27. Kenneth Laubc, BBS, MH, JP
      28. Cheung Kwok-kwanb, JP
  8. Other principal officials:
    1. Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption (Simon Peh, SBS, IDSM)
    2. Commissioner of Police (Lo Wai-chung, PDSM)
    3. Director of Audit (David Sun, JP)
    4. Director of Immigration (Erick Tsang, IDSM)
    5. Commissioner of Customs and Excise (Hermes Tang, 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
      2. Robert Tang, SBS
      3. Joseph Fok
    2. Non-Permanent Judges of the Court of Final Appeal:
    3. Chief Judge of the High Court (Andrew Cheung)
  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 (Paul Kwong)
    2. President of the Hong Kong Buddhist Association (Sik Chi Wai, SBS)
    3. Catholic Bishop of Hong Kong (Michael Yeung Ming-cheung)
    4. President of the Confucian Academy (Tong Yun-kai, SBS)
    5. Chairman of the Chinese Muslim Cultural and Fraternal Association (Sat Che-sang, MH)
    6. Chairman of the Hong Kong Christian Council (Eric So)
    7. Chairman of the Hong Kong Taoist Association (Leung Tak-wah, 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 (Roland T Chin, BBS, JP)
    3. President of the Lingnan University (Leonard Cheng, BBS, JP)
    4. Vice-Chancellor/President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Rocky Tuan)
    5. President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Timothy W Tong, JP)
    6. President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Tony F Chan, JP)
    7. Acting Vice-Chancellor and President the University of Hong Kong (Paul Tam)
    8. President of the Open University of Hong Kong (Wong Yuk-shan, BBS, JP)
    9. Chancellor of the Hong Kong Shue Yan Universityd (Henry Hue)
  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)
    2. The Ombudsman (Connie Lau, JP)
  17. Consuls-in-Charge/Honorary Consuls (Foreign country diplomats to Hong Kong)
  18. Permanent Secretaries, Officials of Directorate Grade 6 Rank and above
  19. Judges of the District Court:
    1. Chief Judge of the District Court (Poon Siu-tung)
    2. Principal Family Court Judge (Bruno Chan)
    3. Other District Judges
  20. District Council Chairmen
  21. Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
  22. Justices of the Peace
  23. Members of District Councils
    1. District Council Vice Chairmen
    2. Other District Council Members

Hong Kong order of precedence until 1997

Last office holders, if available, prior to the handover in brackets:[4]

  1. Governor (Chris Patten)
  2. Chief Justice (Sir Noel Power (Acting))
  3. Chief Secretary (Anson Chan)
  4. Commander British Forces in Hong Kong, if of the rank of Major General (Major-General Bryan Dutton)
  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 (Sir Donald Tsang)
  7. Attorney General (Jeremy Fell Mathews)
  8. President of the Legislative Council (Andrew Wong)
  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
  12. Heads of Universities
  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)
    2. Chairman of the Public Service Commission (Haider Hatim Tyebjee Barma)
    3. Ombudsman (Andrew So)
    4. Chairman of the Urban Council (Ronald Leung)
    5. Chairman of the Regional Council (Cheung Yan-lung)
  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
  20. Hong Kong Commissioner in London (Sir David Robert Ford)
  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


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.^ A naming anomaly exists between the Chinese and English order of precedence, when it comes to Shue Yan University's head. The Chinese version lists the position as "Chancellor" (校監), while the English version lists the position as "President" (校長). In most Hong Kong universities, the Chief Executive is normally a university's Chancellor, with a different person assuming the role of President. In Shue Yan's case, it can choose its own Chancellor, due to its status as a private university. The real-world difference, in this particular case, is negligible, as the school's Chancellor, Henry Hu, is also its President.
e.^ Henry Hu appeared in an earlier precedence as a recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal.

See also


  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. March 2018.
  4. ^ CR 5/511/97(98)Pt 4, Legislative Council of Hong Kong

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