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First top female judge appointed

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Macau has its first female judge in its top court, after Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On appointed the deputy attorney general Song Man Lei judge of the Court of Final Appeal (TUI).
Lei was recommended by the independent committee for the nomination of judges to replace Chu Kin, who passed away in November.
She is the first female judge in the top court which was created in 1993.
Lei was born in 1966 and obtained a masters degree in Law from the Beijing University. She attended Portuguese language courses at the University of Coimbra in Portugal and introduction to law at the University of Macau. The judge is fluent in English as well.
Lei was part of the group of first local magistrates to be nominated in Macau. She started work as a delegate of the Public Prosecutions Office (MP) in 1996. From March 2000 to present, she has served as deputy attorney-general.
She was a non-permanent member of the Pedagogical Council of the Magistrates Training Centre and the Centre for Legal and Judicial Training and visiting professor at the University of Macau.
Lei was also the first female public prosecutor in Macau and one of the most experienced in any local court. She has participated in several lawsuits in the courts of second and final appeal.
Judge Chu Kin passed away in November at the age of 42 after three months in an intensive care unit because of injuries sustained in a car accident in Guangdong province last August.
Chu Kin’s accident left TUI temporarily with only two judges, President Sam Hou Fai and Viriato Manuel Pinheiro de Lima. A Court of Second Instance judge – mostly president Lai Kin Hong – had been assisting the two TUI judges on a case-to-case basis.

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