WU LAI HA v. HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND ANOTHER

FAMV000008/1999

FAMV No. 8 of 1999

IN THE COURT OF FINAL APPEAL OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

MISCELLANEOUS PROCEEDINGS NO. 8 OF 1999 (CIVIL)

(ON APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL

FROM CACV No. 179 OF 1998)

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Between:
WU LAI HA Applicant
AND
Housing Department 1st Respondent
Lands Department 2nd Respondent

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Appeal Committee: Mr Justice Litton PJ, Mr Justice Ching PJ and Mr Justice Bokhary PJ

Date of Hearing: 30 June 1999

Date of Determination: 30 June 1999

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D E T E R M I N A T I O N

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Litton PJ:

1. This is the determination of the Appeal Committee.

2. The background to the application before us briefly is this. The applicant is the occupier of a structure erected on government landlocated at Sai Kung. In April 1991 she applied to the District Office for permission to erect a porch. This was refused. She proceededto erect the porch nevertheless. In August 1992 the Housing Department sent her a warning letter and asked her to demolish the illegalstructure. She also refused. In February 1995 the Housing Department, in reliance upon the powers contained in section 6 of the Land (Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance, Cap. 28, caused the structure to be demolished.

3. On 3 April 1998, many years after the time limit in Order 53 r.4 of the Rules of the High Court had expired, the applicant soughtleave from the High Court to institute proceedings against the Housing Department for judicial review of its decisions and actionsin relation to the porch. Mr Justice Waung refused to grant leave. His decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal. The Court of appealrefused leave to appeal to this Court.

4. We have heard the applicant this morning. We need not deal with any question of jurisdiction as argued by the respondent, since nothingsuggests that the Court of Appeal has erred. This application is dismissed.

(Henry Litton) (Charles Ching) (Kemal Bokhary)
Permanent Judge Permanent Judge Permanent Judge

Representation:

Applicant, Wu Lai Ha in person

Miss Fanny Wong SGC of Department of Justice for the respondents