SINGAPORE: Justice Commissioner Chionh Sze Chyi Mavis has been appointed Supreme Court Judge, while Attorney General Kwek Mean Luck will serve as Justice Commissioner of the Supreme Court and Tai Wei Shyong will serve as Assistant Attorney General.
All three appointments were made by President Halimah Yaacob on the advice of the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced on Thursday, November 26th.
Judge Chionh’s appointment will take effect March 12, 2021, and Mr. Kwek will begin his 18-month term beginning January 4 next year.
Judge Chionh is a graduate of Oxford University with nearly 30 years of experience in the legal profession. She has been the Supreme Court’s Justice Commissioner since March 12, 2018. Previously, Judge Chionh was the second attorney general in the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).
“She had considerable and varied legal experience in both criminal and civil matters while serving on the Supreme Court, state courts and the AGC,” the PMO said.
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Mr. Kwek Mean Luck began his legal career at the Supreme Court in 1998, initially as a court clerk.
The lawyer from Cambridge University was appointed to the bar in 2002.
He has also served in the administrative service, including serving as Deputy Secretary (Industry) in the Department of Commerce and Industry, Deputy Secretary (Development) in the Public Service Department of the PMO, and Dean and Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Service College.
Mr. Kwek was appointed second attorney general in the AGC in 2015 and has been attorney general in the AGC since 2017. He was named Senior Counsel in 2017.
“During his tenure, Mr. Kwek represented the government and prosecuted a number of significant cases in the Singapore courts,” said Attorney General Lucien Wong.
“He also led important changes in the attorney general’s chambers, improving the skills of AGC officials and the efficiency and quality of our work,” added Wong.
Mr. Kwek has also served on the boards of several government agencies including the Sentosa Development Corporation, the Economic Development Board, and the Civil Service College.
With the two new appointments, the Supreme Court will have a total of 26 judges – including the chief judge and four appellate judges – four judicial commissioners, four senior judges and 17 international judges.
ADVOCATE GENERAL APPOINTED
Mr. Tai’s tenure as the Assistant Attorney General will take effect on January 1, 2021 for a period of three years.
He will join the team of Assistant Attorneys General, which includes Mr. Lionel Yee and Mr. Hri Kumar Nair.
Mr. Tai has more than 20 years of civil service experience and has held a number of other appointments including Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Interior and Director of the Homeland Security Division.