SINGAPORE - A new Judicial Commissioner of the High Court was sworn in on Thursday.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam appointed Mr Foo Chee Hock, a former Registrar of the Supreme Court, at a ceremony at the Istana.
He will serve for a term of three years and concurrently oversee the development of the Singapore Judicial College under the auspices of the Supreme Court.
The appointment brings the Supreme Court bench to a total of 13 Judges (including the Chief Justice), nine Judicial Commissioners and five Senior Judges
Mr Foo, 54, joined the Legal Service in 1984. He has more than 25 years' experience in its judicial branch, having held various appointments in the then Subordinate Courts, as Magistrate and District Judge, and the Supreme Court.
He was appointed as an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court from 1985 to 1989. He was appointed Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court in 2001 and assumed the role of Registrar in 2009.
He has also held the post of Registrar of the Appeals Board (Land Acquisition) and Assistant Director at the Legal Aid Bureau.
Mr Foo obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1984 and received his Master of Laws from Queen's College, Cambridge University in 1989.
President Tony Tan, on the recommendation of the Chief Justice, also appointed Mr Vincent Hoong Seng Lei as Registrar of the Supreme Court.
Mr Hoong joined the Singapore Legal Service in 1984 and has held various appointments in the Supreme Court, the then-Subordinate Courts, the Registry of Titles and Deeds as well as the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).