Judicial Commissioner Teh Hwee Hwee was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court on 1 August 2022.
She started her career in the Legal Service in 1992, as one of the first women appointed to the post of an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court. She went on to serve in different capacities and hold various appointments in the Judiciary and the Legal Service, including as State Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the first Executive Director of the Singapore Mediation Centre, the first Divisional Registrar of the Court of Appeal and the first Divisional Registrar of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC).
Judicial Commissioner Teh has been instrumental in driving a number of major reforms throughout her career. In the 1990s, she was involved in promoting the use of mediation in court processes, establishing the Singapore Mediation Centre and developing the alternative dispute resolution landscape in Singapore. Related to that work, she co-authored the Singapore edition of the book “Mediation - Principles Process Practice” and was co-editor of the book “An Asian Perspective on Mediation”. She also played a key role in establishing the SICC in 2015, and in leading a team in developing the SICC Rules 2021 that came into force on 1 April 2022 to enhance its procedure and practice as an international commercial court of choice. Most recently, she oversaw the establishment of the Appellate Division of the High Court in 2021 and the transition to the new appellate structure in the Supreme Court.
Judicial Commissioner Teh obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Laws from Harvard University. She has been admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and an Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. She was conferred the Public Administration Medal in 2012.