Singapore's first female Supreme Court judge to retire

Singapore's first female Supreme Court judge, Justice Lai Siu Chiu (above), will retire with effect from Oct 30 after more than 22 years on the Bench, the Supreme Court said in a statement on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: SUPREME COURT 
Singapore's first female Supreme Court judge, Justice Lai Siu Chiu (above), will retire with effect from Oct 30 after more than 22 years on the Bench, the Supreme Court said in a statement on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: SUPREME COURT 

Singapore's first female Supreme Court judge, Justice Lai Siu Chiu, 65, will retire with effect from tomorrow after more than 22 years on the Bench, the Supreme Court said in a statement on Tuesday.

The judge, who was appointed Judicial Commissioner in 1991 and later a Judge of the Supreme Court in 1994, said in a statement that the experience had been "enjoyable, enriching and immensely satisfying".

She hopes to continue to be involved in law after her retirement.

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said of Justice Lai: "She has completed four illustrious decades in the law and this is a remarkable achievement in itself.

"But beyond this, she features in Singapore's legal history for the firsts she achieved when she was appointed to the Bench more than two decades ago, first as a Judicial Commissioner and then as a Judge."

Justice Lai graduated from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws in 1972, and went on to receive her Master's degree from the University of London in 1977. She was called to the Bar here in 1973 and practised at Allen & Gledhill LLP until she joined the Bench on May 2, 1991.