IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE
BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS NO. 2709 OF 2012
Before : Hon Anthony Chan J in Court
Date of Hearing : 17 January 2013
Date of Judgment : 17 January 2013
J U D G M E N T
1. This is the substantive hearing of the Amended Petition dated 25 July 2012 by which the Petitioner seeks a bankruptcy order againstthe Debtor.
2. It is based upon an unsatisfied costs order made in HCA 1184/2011 under which the Debtor is indebted to the Petitioner in the sumof HK$177,417 (“Debt”). A statutory demand dated 16 March 2012 was served on the Debtor in respect of the Debt. It has notbeen complied with or set aside.
3. In these circumstances, I am a little surprised that the Amended Petition requires a full hearing because it is not easy to seewhat answer there is to the Amended Petition.
4. There are two affirmations filed by the Debtor to seek to answer the Amended Petition. I regret to say that there is no substancein such material. The affirmations contain, primarily, gratuitous personal attack by the Debtor on a number of Judges of differentlevels who had dealt with various proceedings in which the Debtor was involved. The Debtor has wisely heeded the warning of thiscourt not to abuse this hearing by repeating such attack in court. Had he chosen to do so, I would not have hesitated to exercisemy power to defend the integrity of the court by requesting the Department of Justice to institute contempt proceedings against him.
5. The Debtor has submitted another affirmation to the court in the course of this hearing. It is an affirmation of his mother. Thereis a suggestion in that document that the mother is willing to assume the responsibility over the payment of the Debt by having itset off against her living expenses which are to be paid out of the estate of Mui Yim Fong. However, Ms Lam who appears for thePetitioner has told me that there is insufficient cash in the estate to make such payment. As a consequence, the payment of livingexpenses to the mother has been suspended. There was an application last Thursday by the mother to lift the suspension which wasunsuccessful. In the premises, I agree with Ms Lam that the proposal of the mother does not constitute a feasible means to havethe Debt paid.
6. There is no reason at all not to make a bankruptcy order against the Debtor and the usual order is accordingly granted against him. In addition, I order that any costs of the Petitioner which cannot be recovered from the estate of the bankrupt be paid out of theestate of Mui Yim Fong.
Ms Rachel Lam, instructed by Clifford Chance, for the petitioner
The debtor appeared in person