Justice Sundaresh Menon sworn in as new Chief Justice

SINGAPORE - Justice Sundaresh Menon was sworn in today as the new Chief Justice of Singapore and the Chairman of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights ("Council") at the Istana.

His appointment for both positions took effect yesterday. He replaces Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong, who retired on Nov 5, 2012 after he reached his 75th birthday.

Chief Justice Menon, who was born in 1962, graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1986 and 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.

He began his legal career in the law firm of Shook Lin & Bok in 1987 and went on to join the law firms of Wong Partnership, Rajah & Tann and Jones Day.

From April 2006 to March 2007, he was appointed as Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court. After his stint at the Bench, he returned to Rajah & Tann to become the managing partner in Aug 2009.

From October 1, 2010 to June 24, 2012, Mr Menon served as the Attorney-General of Singapore. He was first appointed to the Council on October 1, 2010 when he was the then Attorney-General.

He was appointed Judge of Appeal on August 1 last year, a position he held until his current appointment as Chief Justice.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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