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

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

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