Judges

The SICC is a division of the Singapore High Court and part of the Supreme Court of Singapore. All appeals from the SICC will be heard by the Court of Appeal of Singapore.

Judges, Senior Judge Chan Sek Keong and International Judges of the Supreme Court may be designated by the Chief Justice to hear cases in the SICC. The Chief Justice and Judges of Appeal may also hear cases in the SICC.

The Chief Justice and Judges of Appeal, including Judges, Senior Judges and International Judges designated by the Chief Justice, may hear appeals from the SICC.

The judges who may hear cases in the SICC and appeals from the SICC include the following:



The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon first served in the Supreme Court as a Judicial Commissioner in 2006. He left at the end of his term in 2007 and returned to the Supreme Court as a Judge of Appeal in 2012 before becoming Chief Justice later in the same year.

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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 a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1991.  He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1987, and as an attorney and counsellor-at-law in New York in 1992.

After he was called to the Bar in Singapore, he practised with major local and international law firms, primarily as an advocate, in the fields of commercial litigation and arbitration, construction law and insolvency law. From 2006 to 2007, he served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court. After his stint as Judicial Commissioner, he returned to Rajah & Tann and became the Managing Partner of that firm in 2009.  In 2010, he was appointed the Attorney-General of Singapore, a post he relinquished in 2012 shortly before his appointment as a Judge of Appeal. He was appointed to the Presidential Council for Minority Rights upon his appointment as Attorney-General in 2010 and was later being appointed as its Chairman in 2012.

Chief Justice Menon is married with three children.


Justice Chao Hick Tin, Judge of Appeal

Justice Chao Hick Tin first joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in 1987. He became Judge in 1990, and then Judge of Appeal in 1999. In 2006 he was appointed as Attorney-General.  He returned to the Supreme Court in 2008 as Judge of Appeal and Vice-President, Court of Appeal.

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Justice Chao was born in Singapore in 1942. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from University College, London in 1965 and 1966 respectively.  He was called to the English Bar in 1965 and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1971.  In 2013, he was appointed a Bencher of Middle Temple. 

He began his career as a State Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers in 1967 and rose to the position of Senior State Counsel in 1979.

In addition, he served as the President of the Industrial Arbitration Court from 1993 to 1999. He was also previously the President of the ASEAN Law Association as well as the Chairman of the Singapore Mediation Centre.


Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong, Judge of Appeal

Justice Andrew Phang was appointed to the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner on 3 January 2005. He was subsequently appointed Judge on 9 December 2005 and Judge of Appeal on 28 February 2006.

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Born in Singapore, he received his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore (“NUS”) in 1982. He pursued his postgraduate studies at Harvard University, where he was conferred his Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees in 1984 and 1988, respectively. In 1990, he was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore before being appointed as Senior Counsel in 2004.

He taught at the NUS Law Faculty from 1982 to 2000. In 2000, he was appointed Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University (“SMU”), and a year later, became Chair of the Department of Law at SMU’s Business School.

His extensive publications include the local edition of Cheshire, Fifoot and Furmston’s Law of Contract.  He is also General Editor, as well as contributor to, The Law of Contract in Singapore (Academy Publishing, 2012).


Justice Judith Prakash, Judge of Appeal

Justice Judith Prakash joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in 1992 before becoming Judge in 1995. She was appointed Judge of Appeal on 1 August 2016.

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Born in 1951, she received her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree from the University of Singapore in 1974. She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore the following year.

She started practice at M/s Chor Pee & Hin Hiong in 1975 as a legal assistant. She joined M/s Drew & Napier in the following year and was made a partner in 1978—specialising in shipping and commercial law. From 1974 to 1976, she served as a family law tutor at the National University of Singapore.

In 2005, she was conferred the Public Service Medal for her work as Chair of the Board of Governors of Raffles Girls’ School.


Justice Tay Yong Kwang, Judge of Appeal

Justice Tay Yong Kwang joined the Supreme Court in 1981, first as Assistant Registrar and then as Deputy Registrar.

In 1989, he served in the Official Assignee and Public Trustee’s Office.

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He then served as District Judge from 1991-1997 at the Subordinate Courts (renamed as the State Courts in 2014).

In 1997, he was appointed Judicial Commissioner. Subsequently he was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court in 2003 and Judge of Appeal on 1 August 2016.

He was born in Singapore in 1956, and obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1981. In 1984, he was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore. He later received his Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1986. 


Justice Chan Sek Keong, Senior Judge

Justice Chan Sek Keong was born in 1937. He received his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Malaya in Singapore in 1961. He was admitted a year later as an advocate and solicitor in Malaya and in Singapore where he practised until 1986.

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He was a Member of the Military Court of Appeal from 1971-1986 before he joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in 1986. He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court in 1988. He resigned in 1992 to take up his appointment as Attorney General of Singapore in 1992. In 2006, he returned to the Bench as Chief Justice in 2006 and retired in 2012. He was reappointed Senior Judge in 2015.

He was conferred the Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Distinguished Service Order) in 1999 and the Order of Temasek (2nd Class) in 2008. He is an honorary Doctor of Laws of the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University. He was the first local law graduate to be elected Honorary Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2010. He joined the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law as its first Distinguished Fellow in October 2014.


Justice Choo Han Teck, High Court Judge

Justice Choo Han Teck joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in 1995 and Judge in 2003.

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Born in Singapore in 1954, Justice Choo received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Singapore in 1979 and Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1986.

He began his career as a legal assistant in M/s Murphy & Dunbar in 1980, before joining the National University of Singapore as a lecturer in 1984. Four years later, he joined M/s Allen & Gledhill as a partner, and in 1992, moved to M/s Helen Yeo & Partners in the same capacity. He was also appointed as the President of the Military Court of Appeal in 2004.


Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean, High Court Judge

Justice Belinda Ang has served the Supreme Court since 2002, first as a Judicial Commissioner, then as a Judge in 2003.

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She was born in Malaysia, and obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1976. Thereafter, she was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple and an advocate and solicitor in Singapore. In 1979, she received her Master of Laws (with distinction) from the University College, London. In 1998, she became a Senior Counsel in Singapore.

Her earlier work experiences include joining M/s Godwin & Co in 1980 and made junior partner in 1983. She also founded M/s Ang & Partners in 1985, her own boutique law firm.


Justice Woo Bih Li, High Court Judge

Justice Woo Bih Li was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2000, first as Judicial Commissioner, then as Judge in 2003.

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Justice Woo was born in Singapore in 1954. He received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Singapore in 1977 before being admitted locally as an advocate and solicitor in 1978. He was made Senior Counsel in 1997.

He joined the law firm of M/s Allen & Gledhill in 1970 and remained there until 1992. In October 1992, he set up the law firm of M/s Bih Li & Lee and became its Managing Partner.


Justice Lee Seiu Kin, High Court Judge

Justice Lee Seiu Kin joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in 1997 before being appointed as Judge in 2006.

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Born in Malaysia in 1954, he attained his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1986, and Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1987. Upon graduation, he joined the Attorney-General’s Chambers as State Counsel before becoming Senior State Counsel from 1994 to 1997, and Second Solicitor-General in 2002.

He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Science (Construction Engineering) from the National University of Singapore, and an MBA from INSEAD.


Justice Chan Seng Onn, High Court Judge

Justice Chan Seng Onn first joined the Supreme Court in 1991 as Senior Assistant Registrar. He was appointed as Judicial Commissioner in 1997 before being appointed as Judge in 2007.

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Born in Singapore, he received his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1986, and Master of Laws from Cambridge University in 1987. Thereafter, he became State Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers.  He was subsequently promoted to Senior State Counsel in 1994, and appointed as Solicitor-General in 2001.

Before joining the legal service, he studied engineering and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University College of London. He also has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Diploma in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.


Justice Quentin Loh Sze-On, High Court Judge

Justice Quentin Loh was appointed as Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court in 2009 and later, as Judge in 2010.

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Prior to that, he was Managing Partner of Cooma, Lau & Loh, a firm he co-founded in 1978. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 1999. In 2001, he moved to Rajah & Tann as an Executive Committee member before becoming Deputy Managing Partner in 2003.

Until his appointment as a Judicial Commissioner, he was also Director of Maxwell Chambers, a dispute resolution complex located in Singapore.


Justice Steven Chong, High Court Judge

Justice Steven Chong Horng Siong was appointed as Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court in October 2009 before becoming Judge of the High Court in June 2010.

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Justice Chong was born in Singapore in 1957. He received his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1982.

He started practicing law in 1983 as an associate in Drew & Napier. He worked his way up, and by 1997, made Joint Managing Partner. In 1998, he moved to Rajah & Tann as Senior Partner before becoming Managing Partner in 2003.

He served as Attorney-General for two years. During his stint, he established the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) Media Relations Unit, launched the Public Prosecution Outreach Programme, led AGC to conclude key international treaties, including the European Union-Singapore Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and initiated legislative amendments to empower the Attorney-General to represent statutory boards in legal proceedings which led to the passing of the Attorney-General (Additional Functions) Act 2014.


Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy, High Court Judge

Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy was appointed a Judicial Commissioner in 2012 and a Judge in 2013.

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He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Nottingham University in 1990, and a Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University in 1998. He won first prize in the 1991 Trinity Bar Examinations, and later that year was called to the Bar of England & Wales by the Inner Temple. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1992.

He then began his legal career in Shook Lin & Bok, and became partner in 1996. In 2005, he was appointed Senior Counsel. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is also admitted in New South Wales (2005) and in New York (2007).


Justice George Wei Sze Shun, High Court Judge

Justice George Wei served the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in 2013, and then as Judge in 2015.

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He has a Diploma in Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He also holds a Master of Laws from University College London. He is an advocate and solicitor in Singapore, as well as Barrister-at-law in England, Wales and Hong Kong.

Mr. Wei began practicing law in Hong Kong in the 1970s before joining the teaching profession. He has been a professor of law at the National University of Singapore and at the Singapore Management University.

Apart from teaching, he served as member of the Copyright Tribunal of Singapore. He was a Professorial Fellow at the IP Academy, and an associate member of the Society of Public Teachers of Law (UK).

His publications include the Law of Copyright in Singapore, An Introduction to Genetic Engineering, Life Sciences and the Law, and Industrial Design Law in Singapore. He was also a contributing author to Intellectual Property and Biological Resources: Perspectives on Contemporary Issues.


Justice See Kee Oon, High Court Judge

Justice See Kee Oon joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner and became Judge in January 2017.

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He received his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1991. He also holds a Masters in Law from the University of Cambridge, and a Masters in Public Management from the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

He joined the Singapore Legal Service in 1991 and was appointed a Deputy Registrar and Magistrate in the Subordinate Courts (renamed as the State Courts in 2014) before joining the Supreme Court in 1995 as a Justices’ Law Clerk. In 1997, he returned to the Subordinate Courts as District Judge. In 2007, he joined the Ministry of Law and headed the Insolvency and Public Trustee’s Office until 2009. He then returned to the Subordinate Courts in 2009 and was appointed Senior District Judge of the Criminal Justice Division in 2010. He became Chief District Judge of the Subordinate Courts in 2013.

In addition to his appointment in the Supreme Court, he concurrently serves as the first Presiding Judge of the State Courts.


Justice Chua Lee Ming, High Court Judge

Justice Chua Lee Ming joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in 2015 and became Judge in January 2017.

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He earned his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1983. He then received his Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1988.

Justice Chua began his legal career in 1984. He held various positions such as serving as Deputy Registrar and Magistrate of the Subordinate Courts (renamed as the State Courts in 2014). He also served in the Supreme Court Registry. He then became State Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers in 1989. In 1991, he was appointed as Partner in Lee & Lee. Then in 1998, he joined the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd (renamed as GIC Pte Ltd in 2013), where he later became the General Counsel. He was a founding member of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association, and served on various committees of the Law Society of Singapore and Singapore Academy of Law.


The Honourable Justice Carolyn Berger, International Judge

Ms Berger, 66 has had 30 years’ experience on the bench of the Delaware Courts. She has been a Judge of the Delaware Supreme Court. She had also held appointments as Vice-Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery and Deputy Attorney General, State of Delaware. Her last appointment on the Delaware Bench was that of an appellate judge deciding on corporate and commercial disputes as well as contract and insurance coverage disputes.


The Honourable Justice Patricia Bergin, International Judge

The Honourable Justice Patricia Anne Bergin was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1999. As Commercial List Judge in the Equity Division from 2003 to 2009 Justice Bergin administered the busiest Commercial Court in Australia. Her Honour was appointed as Chief Judge in Equity and as an additional Judge of Appeal in 2009.


The Honourable Justice Roger Giles, International Judge

Mr Giles, 72, is currently a Judge in the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, hearing civil and commercial cases. From 1988 – 2011, he was a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, becoming Chief Judge of the Commercial Division and in 1998 a Judge of Appeal. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1983. While at the Bar and on the Bench, he specialised in commercial work.


The Honourable Justice Irmgard Griss, International Judge

Dr Griss, 68, is currently a Deputy Member of Austrian Constitutional Court. She chairs the Independent Investigation Commission Hypo Alpe Adria and is a Speaker of the Senate of the European Law Institute. She was previously the President of the Austrian Supreme Court from 2007 to 2011. She has extensive judicial experience in civil procedure, commercial law, patents, trademarks and designs.


The Honourable Justice Dominique T. Hascher, International Judge

Justice Hascher, 58, is currently a Judge of the Supreme Judicial Court in France. Prior to his current appointment, he sat on the Bench of the Court of Appeal as Judge in 1998 and as Presiding Judge in 2008.

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Besides being a sitting Judge in France, Justice Hascher has been the General Counsel and Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He also holds the position of Secretary General of the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union.


The Honourable Justice Dyson Heydon, International Judge

Mr Heydon, 71, was a Judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal for the period 2000 to 2003 before he was elevated to the High Court of Australia. He retired from the High Court of Australia in 2013 and is currently a Barrister in New South Wales.

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He is also an Arbitrator of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre as well as the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.

Prior to being elevated on the bench, he had been in practice since 1979. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987 and appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2004. Mr Heydon’s areas of legal expertise include equity, commercial law, competition law, consumer protection, evidence, restraint of trade and economic torts. He is a prolific writer on a wide range of legal subjects including evidence law and commercial law and has numerous publications under his name.


The Honourable Justice Vivian Ramsey, International Judge

Before stepping down in 2014, Sir Vivian, 64, served for nine years on the bench as a Judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) of England and Wales, including a period as Judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court.

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Before his appointment to the bench, he specialised internationally in the area of construction, engineering and technology disputes. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1992. He is a Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College, London.


The Honourable Justice Anselmo Reyes, International Judge

Anselmo Reyes, 55, was appointed as a Judge of the Court of First Instance in Hong Kong and served in that capacity from Oct 2003 to Sep 2012. As a Judge, his specialisation was construction, arbitration, commercial and admiralty matters.

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Anselmo Reyes obtained a PhD in Law from the Cambridge University in 1987 and was called to both the Hong Kong and the Singapore Bar. He is currently a Professor of Legal Practice in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong and is an active practitioner in commercial arbitration. He is also a Representative of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong.


The Honourable Justice Bernard Rix, International Judge

Sir Bernard has extensive judicial experience at both first instance and appellate levels of court, as a Lord Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales from 2000 to 2013; as the Judge in charge of the Commercial Court of London from 1998 to 1999; and a Judge of High Court of Justice from 1993 to 2000.

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Before his appointment to the bench, he specialised in international commercial law and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981. He is currently a Justice of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands and an arbitrator. He is also a Professor of International Commercial Law at Queen Mary, University of London.


The Honourable Justice Yasuhei Taniguchi, International Judge

Prof. Taniguchi, 80, has been an academic teaching at various universities in Japan and elsewhere (the US, Hong Kong, Australia, France and China). He has been Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University, Japan since 1998. Prof Taniguchi is currently a Counsel at Matsuo Kosugi, Tokyo.

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He is recognised for implementing the Woolf Reforms to civil procedure in the London Commercial Court, and for re-drafting the Guide and Practice Directions of that court.

He had held various positions such as Chairperson of the Appellate Body of WTO (2004 - 2005) which is a quasi-judicial position, Council Member of ICCA (1990 – 2006), President of the Japan Association of Arbitrators (2005 - 2012), Member of the Law Revision Commission of the Ministry of Justice of Japan and Chairman of the Rule Making Committee of the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association to draft the new Administrative and Procedural Rules for Arbitration under the Uncitral Arbitration Rules (effective 1991) and the totally amended Rules of Commercial Arbitration of JCAA (effective 1992). Prof Taniguchi was a member of the Appellate Body of the WTO for the period 2000-2007.


The Honourable Justice Simon Thorley, International Judge

Mr Thorley, 64, was until 2014, a Deputy High Court Judge in England and Wales. He also held the position of Deputy Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal in the UK for eight years. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1989 and practiced in Intellectual Property and related fields in London until 2014.

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Mr Thorley has more than 40 years of experience in Intellectual Property and related law and is considered a leading practitioner in that field. In its 2014 edition, Chambers & Partners (a publication listing best lawyers in different fields) has described him as “the best advocate in the Patent Bar”.


The Honourable Justice Henry Bernard Eder, International Judge

Sir Bernard, age 62, was formerly a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales and was assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division and the Commercial Court from 2011 to 1 Apr 2015. Prior to his appointment to the UK Bench, he was a Barrister in Essex Court Chambers of London from 1975 to 2010 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991.

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He is widely recognised as an expert in the areas of commercial disputes, civil claims and international arbitration involving all aspects of commercial law including banking, shipping, sale of goods, commodities, oil/gas and insurance. He is currently the Senior Editor of Scrutton on Charterparties and Bills of Lading. He has now rejoined Essex Court Chambers as an arbitrator.