3 new judicial commissioners of High Court appointed

The three new appointed judicial commissioners of High Court (from left): Ang Cheng Hock, Mavis Chionh and Tan Puay Boon.
The three new appointed judicial commissioners of High Court (from left): Ang Cheng Hock, Mavis Chionh and Tan Puay Boon.PHOTO: SUPREME COURT OF SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - President Halimah Yacob has appointed Mr Tan Puay Boon, Ms Mavis Chionh and Mr Ang Cheng Hock as judicial commissioners of the High Court.

Mr Tan, 62, and Ms Chionh, 48, will begin their new roles on March 12 for a three-year term. The appointment of Mr Ang, 47, will take effect on May 14 for a period of 18 months, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement on Monday (Feb 12).

Mr Tan and Ms Chionh will be sworn in at the Istana on March 16, and Mr Ang on May 17.

Mr Tan has served as the Principal District Judge of the State Courts' civil justice division for close to three years.

He was appointed the director of the Ministry of Law's Legal Aid Bureau in January 2007 and became the ministry's chief information officer from June 2013 to April 2015.

He has over 30 years of experience in the Singapore Legal Service, having first joined the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) as State Counsel in 1987.

Ms Chionh, who is currently the AGC's Second Solicitor-General, joined the legal service in 1991. She graduated from the University of Oxford and has a Master of Laws (Chinese Law) from the National University of Singapore.

In 2011, she became the chief prosecutor in the AGC's financial and technology crime division, which was previously known as the economic crimes and governance division.

She also took on the role of chief prosecutor in the criminal justice division in 2015.

That year, she was appointed senior counsel and also awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold).

In a statement on Monday, Attorney-General Lucien Wong described Ms Chionh as a "veteran in the public legal service sector".

He said: "Mavis was the lead prosecutor in some of the most high profile court cases in Singapore, including stewarding the prosecution of Kong Hee and others from City Harvest Church and securing their eventual convictions."

He commended her knowledge, stamina and commitment to excellence and said that these qualities of hers have served the AGC and the public well.

During her time at the AGC, Ms Chionh also spearheaded a number of changes, including organising the criminal justice division into specialist groups, re-organising the Crime Registry and establishing more effective prosecution guidelines, he added.

Mr Ang is currently a partner at law firm Allen & Gledhill, where he is a member of its litigation and dispute resolution department.

He joined Allen & Gledhill in 1999 and became a Partner the following year.

In 2009, he became one of the youngest lawyers to be appointed senior counsel at age 38.

His main areas of practice include civil and commercial litigation, international arbitration and corporate-related disputes.

He has also appeared as counsel in insolvency-related litigation, shipping disputes and intellectual property disputes.

Allen & Gledhill co-chairman and senior partner Penny Goh congratulated Mr Ang on his new appointment in a statement on Monday.

She said: "We will certainly miss Cheng Hock, but he will be pleased that he leaves behind a very strong litigation team.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his numerous contributions over the years."

With the new appointments, the Supreme Court will have a total of 21 judges, seven judicial commissioners, four senior judges and 15 international judges.