Lunch With Sumiko: I've always wanted to be useful to society, says Richard Magnus

Richard Magnus' 50 years in public service have seen him serving as judge and regulator

Mr Richard Magnus started as a legal officer during Singapore's early days of independence, then moved to the judiciary and rose to become the Subordinate - now known as State - Courts' senior district judge. After retiring from the bench in 2008, he
Mr Richard Magnus started as a legal officer during Singapore's early days of independence, then moved to the judiciary and rose to become the Subordinate - now known as State - Courts' senior district judge. After retiring from the bench in 2008, he went on to other high-profile roles. He is the current chairman of the Public Transport Council.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Mr Magnus with child performers during a community mental wellness fair organised by Temasek Foundation in 2017.
Mr Magnus with child performers during a community mental wellness fair organised by Temasek Foundation in 2017.PHOTO: COURTESY OF RICHARD MAGNUS

Richard Magnus remembers the first court case he heard.

He was in his 20s, a magistrate, and the case involved criminal breach of trust (CBT).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 28, 2019, with the headline ''I've always wanted to be useful to society''. Print Edition | Subscribe