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
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner from 3 April 2006 to 2 April 2007
  • Appointed Attorney-General from 1 October 2010 to 24 June 2012
  • Appointed Judge of Appeal on 1 August 2012
  • Appointed Chief Justice on 6 November 2012

Justice Chao Hick Tin, Judge of Appeal
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 1 October 1987
  • Appointed Judge on 15 November 1990
  • Appointed Judge of Appeal on 2 August 1999
  • Appointed Attorney-General on 11 April 2006
  • Re-appointed Judge of Appeal on 11 April 2008
  • Re-appointed Judge of Appeal on 12 April 2010

Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong, Judge of Appeal
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 3 January 2005
  • Appointed Judge on 8 December 2005
  • Appointed Judge of Appeal on 28 February 2006

Justice Judith Prakash, Judge of Appeal
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 1 April 1992
  • Appointed Judge on 1 April 1995
  • Appointed Judge of Appeal on 1 August 2016

Justice Tay Yong Kwang, Judge of Appeal
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 15 October 1997
  • Appointed Judge on 2 January 2003
  • Appointed Judge of Appeal on 1 August 2016

Justice Chan Sek Keong, Senior Judge

Senior Judge Chan, age 77, was appointed as the Chief Justice of Singapore in 2006, a position he held until he retired in November 2012. He was appointed as a Senior Judge of the Supreme Court on 5 January 2015 for a period of three (years) and is eligible to sit as a Judge of the SICC.

He was appointed as Singapore’s first Judicial Commissioner in 1986 and was subsequently appointed as a Judge in 1988. He became the first locally-qualified Attorney-General in 1992 and served in that capacity until 2006.

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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
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 1 April 1995
  • Appointed Judge on 2 January 2003

Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean, High Court Judge
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 1 February 2002
  • Appointed Judge on 2 January 2003

Justice Woo Bih Li, High Court Judge
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 2 May 2000
  • Appointed Judge on 2 January 2003

Justice Lee Seiu Kin, High Court Judge
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 15 October 1997
  • Appointed 2nd Solicitor-General on 15 October 2002
  • Appointed Judge on 11 April 2006

Justice Chan Seng Onn, High Court Judge
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 15 October 1997
  • Appointed Solicitor-General on 1 June 2001
  • Appointed Judge on 2 July 2007

Justice Quentin Loh Sze-On, High Court Judge
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 1 September 2009
  • Appointed Judge on 1 June 2010

Justice Steven Chong, High Court Judge
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 1 October 2009
  • Appointed Judge on 1 June 2010
  • Appointed Attorney-General on 25 June 2012
  • Appointed Judge on 25 June 2014

Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy, High Court Judge
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 1 August 2012
  • Appointed Judge on 24 June 2013

Justice George Wei Sze Shun, High Court Judge
  • Appointed Judicial Commissioner on 1 August 2013
  • Appointed Judge on 25 May 2015

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

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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. 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.

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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 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. 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. 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.