Singapore's first female Supreme Court judge retires

Singapore's first female Supreme Court judge retires

SINGAPORE - Justice Lai Siu Chiu, Supreme Court Judge, will retire with effect from Oct 30, 2013, after more than 22 years of distinguished service.

Justice Lai held the distinction of being the first female Judicial Commissioner in 1991, and subsequently, the first female Judge of the Supreme Court in 1994.

Justice Lai received her LL.B. from the University of Singapore in 1972, and her LL.M. from the University of London in 1977. She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1973 and joined Allen & Gledhill shortly thereafter.

Justice Lai remained with Allen & Gledhill where she became a senior partner until her elevation to the Bench on May 2, 1991.

During her judicial tenure, Justice Lai also contributed her time generously towards social causes close to her heart such as the Salvation Army, the Yellow Ribbon Fund and the Singapore After-Care Association, both of which provides social, emotional and financial assistance to ex-offenders and their families. Prior to joining the judiciary, Justice Lai chaired the Children's Charities Association for a number of years, a charity she continues to support.

In appreciation of Justice Lai's dedicated and invaluable contributions, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said, "I congratulate Justice Lai on reaching this notable milestone in her life. She has completed four illustrious decades in the law and this is a remarkable achievement in itself. But beyond this, she features in Singapore's legal history for the firsts she achieved when she was appointed to the Bench more than two decades ago, first as a Judicial Commissioner and then as a Judge. I thank her for her sterling contribution to the Supreme Court, the Legal Service and the legal profession and wish her a fulfilling and happy retirement".

On her part, Justice Lai said "I am honoured to have been able to serve Singapore for two decades. The Bench has been an enjoyable, enriching and immensely satisfying experience for me. I am proud to have been part of the changes over 22 years that have made our judiciary one of the most outstanding in the world. I hope to continue to be involved in the law in some way after my retirement".

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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