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Media Release: Appointment of three Judicial Commissioners as Judges of the High Court

The President of the Republic of Singapore, concurring with the advice of the Prime Minister, has appointed the following Judicial Commissioners (“JC”) as Judges of the High Court under Article 95 (1) of the Constitution with effect from 1 November 2021:

a) JC S. Mohan (莫罕司法委员);
b) JC Andre Francis Maniam (安德烈司法委员); and
c) JC Philip Antony Jeyaretnam (菲立·惹耶勒南司法委员)

JC S. Mohan

2  JC S. Mohan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (2nd Class Upper Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1992. He specialises in maritime, shipping and international trade disputes and has more than two decades of advocacy experience in legal practice as a maritime/shipping disputes lawyer. JC S. Mohan was among the first select group of legal practitioners to be recognised and accredited by the Singapore Academy of Law as Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping law. JC S. Mohan has also received numerous accolades in legal directories such as Chambers Asia Pacific where he has been recognised as someone with extensive admiralty experience. He was appointed JC on 3 January 2020 for a period of two years.

JC Andre Francis Maniam

3 JC Maniam graduated from the National University of Singapore with LLB (Hons) and was awarded the Adrian Clark Memorial Medal for being the top law student for his year. He has almost 30 years of experience as a lawyer, with the last 10 years as a Senior Counsel in various modes of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration and mediation. His practice has covered a wide range of subject areas including administrative and constitutional law, arbitration, bankruptcy and insolvency, building and construction, commercial and corporate disputes, cross-border trade, as well as regulatory and financial crime. In addition to his judicial functions, JC Maniam is a member of the Supreme Court’s Costs Panel Committee and the Singapore Academy of Law’s Professional Affairs Committee. He was appointed JC on 4 May 2020 for a period of two years.

JC Philip Antony Jeyaretnam

4 JC Jeyaretnam read Law at Cambridge and graduated with First Class Honours in 1986. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003 at the age of 38, one of the youngest lawyers to be appointed Senior Counsel. Before his appointment as a JC, he had been widely recognised as an expert in arbitration, construction law and litigation in major legal publications. As a JC, his main areas of focus have been in building and construction, shipbuilding, finance, securities, banking, complex commercial cases, company, insolvency, trusts, arbitration, medical negligence tort
claims and criminal trials. JC Jeyaretnam is also a member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights. He was appointed JC on 4 January 2021 for a period of one year.

5 With the above appointments, the Supreme Court will have a total of 29 Judges (including the Chief Justice and four Justices of the Court of Appeal), one Judicial Commissioner, three Senior Judges and 16 International Judges from 1 November 2021.

25 OCT 2021

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