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Solicitor-General Koh Juat Jong to retire; Lionel Yee takes over from Feb 1

Published on Jan 8, 2014 1:04 PM
Solicitor-General Koh Juat Jong (left) will be succeeded by Senior Counsel Lionel Yee. -- FILE PHOTO: ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S CHAMBERS/ ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

Solicitor-General Koh Juat Jong will retire at the end of January after 31 years in public service, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) said on Wednesday. She will be succeeded by Senior Counsel Lionel Yee, who completes a one-year term as a Judicial Commissioner the same day.

Mrs Koh, a senior counsel, said in a statement that she had derived "immense satisfaction" from her work, which included working on policies, giving legal opinions, making judicial decisions and managing the courts. "I am hopeful that...I have been able to make some positive difference to those whose paths have crossed with mine... including the various litigants who have had their cases heard by me, the public service generally, and the public as a whole."

A President's Scholar, the 54-year-old served in the Administrative Service from 1981 to 1986 at the Finance Ministry and began her legal career in 1989 as a state counsel in the AGC. She was appointed Senior Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court in 1994, District Judge in the Subordinate Courts in 1995 and Registrar of the Supreme Court in 2003, before returning to the AGC as Solicitor-General in 2008.

Attorney-General Steven Chong said Mrs Koh had been a "stalwart member of the AGC family".

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