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PMO Press Release: Appointment of Judicial Commissioners of the High Court

Singapore, 15 September 2014 - The President of the Republic of Singapore, acting in his discretion, and in concurrence with the advice of the Prime Minister will appoint the following individuals as Judicial Commissioners of the High Court under Article 94(4) of the Constitution:

    1. Ms Valerie Thean Pik Yuen (邓 碧 云)
    2. Ms Hoo Sheau Peng (符 晓 平)
    3. Assoc. Professor Debbie Ong Siew Ling (王 少 凌)
    4. Mr Aedit Abdullah

2        Ms Thean will also be appointed as the Presiding Judge of the Family Justice Courts from 1 October. Both Ms Thean and Ms Hoo will be appointed as Judicial Commissioners with effect from 30 September 2014 for a term of 3 years. Mr Abdullah will be appointed with effect from 17 November 2014 for a term of 3 years. Assoc Professor Ong will be appointed with effect from 17 November 2014 for a term of 2 years.

Ms Valerie Thean Pik Yuen

3        Ms Valerie Thean joined the public sector legal service in 1992 and held previous appointments such as the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Law (2012 to 2014) as well as the Senior District Judge of the Family and Juvenile Justice Division of the State Courts (since March 2014). Ms Thean was awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1988 and graduated with Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Class I in Law from the University of Cambridge, Downing College in the United Kingdom in 1991. She subsequently obtained her Master of Laws in 1995 from Harvard University in the United States.
 
Ms Hoo Sheau Peng

4        Ms Hoo joined the legal service in 1993 and held various appointments such as the Senior District Judge and Registrar of the then-State Courts. She is currently the Deputy Chief Counsel (Advisory and Administration) of the Civil Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Singapore Legal Service. A President’s Scholar, Ms Hoo graduated with Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Class I in Law from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 1992. She also holds a Master of Law (Intellectual Property and Technology Law) from the National University of Singapore (2005), as well as a Master in Public Management Programme from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS (2007).

Assoc. Professor Debbie Ong Siew Ling

5        Assoc. Professor Ong, who is an expert in family law, held various academic positions in the Faculty of Law in the National University of Singapore. She obtained her LLB from the National University of Singapore in 1989 and received her LLM from the University of Cambridge in 1991. She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1990.

Mr Aedit Abdullah

6        Mr Abdullah joined the public sector legal service in 2000 and is currently the Chief Prosecutor in the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
He held previous appointments in the legal sector, such as District Judge of the then-State Courts in 2004 and as special counsel at the Monetary Authority of Singapore from Jan 2008 to June 2009. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012. He obtained a Bachelor Of Laws (First Class Hons) from the University of Singapore in 1994 as well as a Bachelor of Civil Law (First Class Hons) from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom in 1998. He received his Master in Public Management from the National University of Singapore in 2007. 
  

7        With these appointments, the Supreme Court will have a total of 14 Judges (including the Chief Justice) and eight Judicial Commissioners.

 

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Lee May Lin
Director, Office of Public Affairs
Supreme Court of Singapore
Tel: +65 6332 4470
Email: lee_may_lin @supcourt.gov.sg

Jam Chee Chong
Senior Assistant Director, Office of Public Affairs
Supreme Court of Singapore
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Email: jam_chee_chong@supcourt.gov.sg

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