First woman to be appointed permanent judge of Singapore Court of Appeal

First woman to be appointed permanent judge of Singapore Court of Appeal

President Tony Tan Keng Yam, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has appointed Justice Judith Prakash as a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court with effect from Aug 1, 2016. She is the first woman to be appointed as a permanent judge of the Singapore Court of Appeal, according to PMO.

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SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has appointed Justice Judith Prakash as a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court with effect from Aug 1, 2016, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced in a media release on Wednesday (Jun 29). She is the first woman to be appointed as a permanent judge of the Singapore Court of Appeal, PMO said.

According to PMO, Justice Prakash was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court on Apr 1, 1992 and a High Court Judge on Apr 1, 1995. "She specialises in complex commercial cases, arbitration, company, and trust law. Prior to becoming a Judge, Justice Prakash was in practice for 18 years," PMO said.

Justice Prakash also chairs the Singapore Academy of Law's Law Reform Committee and Publications Committee. She is also a member of the Medical Litigation Review Committee, tasked to address the challenges in medical litigation, PMO said, adding that Justice Prakash has sat as a Judge in the Court of Appeal occasionally since 2002 and more regularly since 2014.

Dr Tony Tan also appointed Justice Tay Yong Kwang as a Judge of Appeal. His appointment will also come into effect on Aug 1, 2016, PMO said.

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Justice Tay Yong Kwang. (Photo: PMO)

PMO said Justice Tay was a District Judge of the then-Subordinate Courts before being appointed as Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court on Oct 15, 1997, and a High Court Judge on Jan 2, 2003.

"He has been sitting as Judge in the Court of Appeal occasionally since 2003 and more regularly since 2014," said PMO, adding that he chairs the Civil Justice Commission, and was appointed as a member of the Constitutional Commission on the Elected Presidency.

Justice Tay is also a member of the Sentencing Council, as well as the Selection Committee, which appoints lawyers to the panel of lawyers under the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences.

Dr Tan has also appointed Mr Pang Khang Chau and Ms Audrey Lim Yoon Cheng as Judicial Commissioners. Both appointments will take effect on Aug 1, 2016 for a period of three years, PMO said.

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Mr Pang Khang Chau and Ms Audrey Lim Yoon Cheng. (Photos: PMO)

Mr Pang is currently the Director-General of the International Affairs Division of the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) where he oversees a department of lawyers responsible for advising Government departments on international law matters, and representing the Government in international negotiations and international disputes, according to PMO. He has been involved in the Land Reclamation dispute before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea, as well as in the Pedra Branca dispute before the International Court of Justice, PMO said.

Mr Pang joined the Legal Service in 1995 as a State Counsel in the Civil Division of the AGC, where he acted as counsel for the Government in various legal proceedings, including in cases before the High Court and the Court of Appeal, PMO said. "In 1998, he was posted to the Ministry of Law as Deputy Director, Legal Policy Division before returning to the AGC in 2002," PMO said.

Ms Lim joined the Legal Service in 1994, and has been posted to the Supreme Court, State Courts and the AGC in both criminal and civil matters, PMO said. Currently AGC's Deputy Chief Legislative Counsel, she has spent more than six years with the Supreme Court and was appointed Deputy Registrar in 2009.

"Ms Lim handles mainly court-related legislation (including rules of court for the Supreme Court and Family Justice Courts), legislation under the purview of the Ministry of Law, and community and social legislation under the purview of the Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health," PMO said.

With these appointments, the Supreme Court will have a total of 14 Judges - including four Judges of Appeal and the Chief Justice - 12 Judicial Commissioners, five Senior Judges and 12 International Judges, according to PMO.

The swearing-in ceremony for the appointments will take place on Aug 2, 2016 at the Istana, PMO said.

Source: CNA/dl

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