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Organisational structure of the Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court is headed by the Chief Justice, who is supported by the:

The Supreme Court also includes the Singapore Judicial College, which serves the learning and development needs of judges and judicial officers.

The Supreme Court Bench

The Supreme Court Bench consists of the Chief Justice, Justices of the Court of Appeal, Judges of the Appellate Division, Judges of the High Court, Senior Judges, International Judges and Judicial Commissioners.

The Judges and Judicial Commissioners are appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister. Judicial Commissioners are appointed to facilitate the disposal of business in the Supreme Court. They have the powers of a judge and are appointed for a specific period determined by the President.

A person may be appointed a Judge or Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court if they are a "qualified person" based on the definition in Section 2 of the Legal Profession Act, or have been a member of the Singapore Legal Service for at least 10 years, or both.

View the list of judges on the Supreme Court bench.

View the list of international judges who hear cases in the SICC.

View the Judicial Code of Conduct  (PDF, 271 KB) for the Judges and Judicial Commissioners of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court Registry

The Supreme Court Registry comprises the Division for the Court of Appeal and the Appellate Division, the Division for the General Division of the High Court, and the Division for the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC).

The Registry is headed by the Registrar of the Supreme Court. The Registrar oversees the Registry’s management of the cases in the Supreme Court and is concurrently the Sheriff of the Supreme Court with responsibility over the execution of various writs and processes issued by the Supreme Court.

The Registrar is assisted by the Deputy Registrar, Senior Assistant Registrars, Divisional Registrars, Deputy Divisional Registrars and Assistant Registrars (collectively, “registrars”). Registrars are appointed by the President, on the recommendation of the Chief Justice. They hold concurrent appointments as District Judges or Magistrates.

Registrars are empowered to exercise the authority and jurisdiction of a Judge sitting in chambers in the General Division of the High Court (except such authority and jurisdiction specifically required to be exercised by a Judge in person). They perform judicial roles in hearing, deciding and issuing judgments on a wide range of civil matters, including interlocutory applications (e.g., summary judgment, striking out, further and better particulars, discovery, interrogatories), bankruptcy applications, examination of judgment debtor, taxation, enforcement matters (e.g., issue of warrant of arrest and release of vessel, issue of writs of seizure and sale) and ex parte matters. Registrars also conduct and preside over trials on assessment of damages and taking of accounts.

Registrars also deal with certain criminal matters, such as Criminal Case Disclosure Conferences. Registrars who are concurrently District Judges or Magistrates, may in those capacities, conduct committal hearings under Division 2 of Part X of the Criminal Procedure Code as in force immediately before 17 September 2018.

Working in close partnership with the Supreme Court Bench, registrars ensure the smooth and expeditious resolution of Supreme Court cases and matters docketed to specialised lists  through active case management. To this end, registrars conduct Pre-Trial Conferences and Case Management Conferences for all Supreme Court matters, and also develop systemic enhancements in court procedures and processes through establishing best practices, bespoke guidelines and customised workflows.

Registrars support the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court Bench in advancing key strategic initiatives and judicial reforms to enhance the administration of justice. They are involved in innovative legislative reforms and reviews  customised to the rules, procedures and requirements for matters at all levels in the Supreme  Court. In view of their expertise and experience, registrars participate in and speak at international and local fora on the Singapore judicial system and issues relating to judicial policy and reform and specialised legal areas. They also contribute to the development of the law through editorship or authorship of academic publications and commentaries.  

In addition, the Registry also manages issues relating to the profession (e.g.,  the admission of Advocates and Solicitors, functions of the Disciplinary Tribunal Secretariat and the registration of foreign lawyers in the SICC), as well as superintending and advising on the work of the various sections in the Legal Directorate of the Supreme Court.

View the  list of registrars in the Supreme Court Registry .

Judiciary Administration and Operations

The Chief Executive (Office of the Chief Justice) oversees the administration and operations of the Supreme Court, ensuring the efficient running of the court and provision of effective services to court users.

The directorates include:

Business Development (SICC)

Promotes awareness and usage of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) among legal and business professionals both regionally and internationally, through various marketing and communication platforms and initiatives.

Computer and Information Services Directorate

Ensures the Supreme Court is at the forefront of new IT trends and developments.

Anticipates and implements IT solutions for the organisation while safeguarding the Supreme Court's IT assets from cyber-security threats.

Corporate Services Directorate

Oversees the Supreme Court’s human resources, security, record management, administrative functions and the library.

Finance and Procurement Directorate

Promotes proper stewardship of the Supreme Court’s financial resources, through the implementation of frameworks that promote financial prudence, value-for-money practices and financial accountability.

Infrastructure and Court Services Directorate

Strategises the use of resources and services that best support the hearing process.

It includes the Infrastructure Section, Court Reporting Services Section and Interpreters Section.

Internal Audit

Promotes governance and enables a disciplined approach to evaluating the adequacy of controls, so as to bring about improved internal processes, compliance with government operating procedures and effective risk management practices.

Knowledge Management Office

Advocates knowledge as a strategic asset for the entire Judiciary through the establishment and implementation of common standards and policies in Knowledge Management to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices across the courts.

Legal Directorate

Manages all civil and criminal cases filed in the High Court (including the Singapore International Commercial Court) and the Court of Appeal, in accordance with the applicable legislation, rules and practice directions.

Oversees the inspection and supply of court records and documents, enforcement actions, caseload and judicial statistics and other hearing support and resource management matters relating to court hearings.

Office of Public Affairs

Oversees the planning and execution of public engagement and communication efforts to position the Supreme Court as a forward-thinking and outward-looking organisation with effective public service delivery.

Office of Transformation and Innovation

Coordinates and drives transformative change throughout the entire Judiciary. This includes centralising initiatives within the Judiciary to achieve consistency and enable scaling, as well as devising new and innovative approaches to the Judiciary's work.

This office oversees the Computer and Information Services Directorate.

Strategic Planning, Policy and International Relations Directorate

Advances the Supreme Court’s position as a thought leader in court excellence through policy formulation, strategic planning, international engagement, organisational development and performance management.

Judges and judicial officers in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Bench

There are currently 29 Judges (including the Chief Justice, 4 Justices of the Court of Appeal and 3 Judges of the Appellate Division), 2 Judicial Commissioners and 3 Senior Judges on the Supreme Court Bench.

Chief Justice

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Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

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Justices of the Court of Appeal

Justice of the Court of Appeal |

Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong

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Justice of the Court of Appeal |

Justice Judith Prakash

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Justice of the Court of Appeal |

Justice Tay Yong Kwang

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Justice of the Court of Appeal |

Justice Steven Chong

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Judges of the Appellate Division

Judge of the Appellate Division |

Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean

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Judge of the Appellate Division |

Justice Woo Bih Li

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Judge of the Appellate Division |

Justice Quentin Loh

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Justices

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Justice Choo Han Teck

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Justice Lee Seiu Kin

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Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy

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Justice Tan Siong Thye

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Justice See Kee Oon

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Justice Chua Lee Ming

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Justice Kannan Ramesh

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Justice Valerie Thean

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Justice Hoo Sheau Peng

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Justice Debbie Ong Siew Ling

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Justice Aedit Abdullah

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Justice Pang Khang Chau

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Justice Audrey Lim Yoon Cheng

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Justice Ang Cheng Hock

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Justice Vincent Hoong Seng Lei

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Justice Dedar Singh Gill

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Justice Mavis Chionh Sze Chyi

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Judicial Commissioner

Justice S. Mohan

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Judicial Commissioner

Justice Andre Maniam

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Judicial Commissioner

Justice Philip Jeyaretnam

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Justice Kwek Mean Luck

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Senior Judge Andrew Ang

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Senior Judge Lai Siu Chiu

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Senior Judge Chan Seng Onn

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Judicial Commissioner Goh Yihan

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Judicial Commissioner Teh Hwee Hwee

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The Supreme Court Registry

Registrar 

Mr Tan Boon Heng

Deputy Registrar

Mr Phang Hsiao Chung

Senior Assistant Registrars

  • Ms Ng Teng Teng, Cornie
  • Mr Edwin San Ong Kyar
  • Ms Chong Chin Chin
  • Ms Cheng Pei Feng
  • Mr Lee Yeow Wee, David

Divisional Registrars

Court of Appeal and Appellate Division of the High Court

Ms Chong Chin Chin

General Division of the High Court

Ms Ng Teng Teng, Cornie

Singapore International Commercial Court

Mr Phang Hsiao Chung


Deputy Divisional Registrars

Court of Appeal and Appellate Division of the High Court

  • Ms Wong Shi Hui, Janice
  • Mr Yeo Rong Wei, Justin
  • Mr Seow Fu Hong, Colin
  • Mr Rajaram Vikram Raja

Singapore International Commercial Court

  • Ms Khng Una
  • Ms Crystal Tan Huiling
  • Ms Liew Lin Lin Carol

Assistant Registrars

  • Ms Tay Woan Fen, Constance
  • Ms Wong Shi Hui, Janice
  • Ms Khng Una
  • Mr Yeo Rong Wei, Justin
  • Ms Gan Kam Yuin
  • Ms Tan Teck Ping Karen
  • Mr Choo Wing Kong, Kenneth
  • Ms Crystal Tan Huiling
  • Mr Seow Fu Hong, Colin
  • Ms Liew Lin Lin Carol
  • Mr Miyapan Ramu
  • Mr Lee Yuxian Jay
  • Ms Lim Sai Nei
  • Mr Rajaram Vikram Raja
  • Ms Liew Ling Wei Elaine  
  • Ms Li Yuen Ting
  • Ms Lee Siew Hui Jacqueline
  • Mr Randeep Singh Koonar
  • Mr Lai Yi Shin Nicholas
  • Mr Paul Tan Wei Chean
  • Ms Ho Yan-Qing Kelly
  • Mr Tan Ee Kuan
  • Mr Low Yunhui James
  • Mr Kenneth Wang Ye
  • Mr Navin Anand
  • Ms Chan Swee En, Eunice
  • Mr Ong Zhihao Reuben
  • Mr Huang Jiahui
  • Mr Sim Junhui
  • Mr Chong Sheng Liang, Desmond 
  • Mr Bryan Ching
  • Ms See Ying Xiu Alison
  • Ms Beverly Lim Kai Li
  • Ms Deborah Tang
  • Mr Wong Hee Jinn
  • Ms Cheng Le En, Leanne


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