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Swearing-In of Sundaresh Menon as Chief Justice of Singapore and Chairman of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights

The President of the Republic of Singapore has appointed Justice Sundaresh Menon as the Chief Justice of Singapore and the Chairman of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights (“Council”) with effect from 6 November 2012. He was sworn in for both appointments at the Istana today.

2        Chief Justice Menon was born in Singapore in 1962. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1986, and later obtained a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in 1991.  He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1987 and as an Attorney and Counsellor-at-law of the Bar of the State of New York in 1992. 

3      He began his legal career in the law firm of Shook Lin & Bok in 1987 and became a partner in 1990. He went on to join the law firms of Wong Partnership, Rajah & Tann and Jones Day as a partner between 1991 and 2006. From April 2006 to March 2007, Mr Menon was appointed as Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court. After his stint at the Bench, he returned to Rajah & Tann becoming the Managing Partner in August 2009.  From 1 October 2010 to 24 June 2012, Mr Menon was the Attorney-General of Singapore. He was appointed Judge of Appeal on 1 August 2012, a position he held until his current appointment as Chief Justice, replacing Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong who retired on 6 November 2012.

4        Chief Justice Menon was first appointed to the Council on 1 October 2010 when he was the then Attorney-General.  He replaces former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong who resigned as Chairman of the Council with effect from 5 November 2012.

5        Chief Justice Menon is married with three children.

 

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Supreme Court of Singapore

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Corporate Communications Directorate

Supreme Court of Singapore

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