Justice Vincent Hoong was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court on 10 April 2019 and High Court Judge on 3 January 2020. In addition to his appointment in the Supreme Court, he concurrently serves as the Presiding Judge of the State Courts and Deputy President, Industrial Arbitration Court. Justice Hoong’s main areas of focus are building and construction, shipbuilding, company, insolvency, trusts, shipping and insurance, tort claims as well as criminal cases.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (2nd Class Upper Division) from the National University of Singapore in 1982 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1983. He had a short stint in private practice before he joined the Legal Service in 1984.
From April 1984 to August 1997, he held various appointments in the Supreme Court as an Assistant Registrar and in the Subordinate Courts (renamed as State Courts in 2014) as a Magistrate and District Judge.
Justice Hoong managed the Singapore Land Registry of the Ministry of Law from September 1997 to May 2001 before being seconded to the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Legal Officer, and eventually as Chief Executive from May 2009 to March 2015. During his tenure at the SLA, he also held concurrent appointments as the Registrar of Titles & Deeds and Controller of Residential Property from May 2000 to 31 March 2015 and as the Commissioner of Lands from August 2002 to April 2009.
He was appointed the Registrar of the Supreme Court in April 2015, a position he held before his appointment as a Judicial Commissioner. He has more than 34 years of experience in both judiciary and the legal service.
Justice Hoong currently sits on the Singapore Academy of Law’s LawNet Management Committee. In addition, he chairs the Criminal Law Advisory Committee (Hearing), Criminal Legal Aid Scheme Steering Committee as well as The Community Justice Centre Limited.
He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2015.