Top S'pore judge joins Dubai court

President Tony Tan Keng Yam speaking with (from left) Judges of Appeal Judith Prakash and Tay Yong Kwang, and Judicial Commissioners Audrey Lim Yoon Cheng and Pang Khang Chau, with Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon in the background, at the Istana last y
President Tony Tan Keng Yam speaking with (from left) Judges of Appeal Judith Prakash and Tay Yong Kwang, and Judicial Commissioners Audrey Lim Yoon Cheng and Pang Khang Chau, with Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon in the background, at the Istana last year. Justice Prakash made history when she became the first female Judge of Appeal last year.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Justice Judith Prakash will hear appeals at Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

Justice Judith Prakash, who sits on the Court of Appeal, has been appointed to the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts - the first female Singaporean to hold a post there.

The judge will preside over appeals on a part-time basis at the DIFC Courts. She will also continue to serve at Singapore's apex court.

The DIFC Courts, where Singaporean Senior Counsel Michael Hwang serves as Chief Justice, is an independent judiciary, with powers to settle civil and commercial disputes locally and globally.

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon yesterday lauded Justice Prakash's appointment by Dubai Emir Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Said the Chief Justice: "With her vast experience in complex commercial and arbitration cases, I am confident that Justice Prakash will contribute positively to the work of the DIFC Courts. This appointment is not just a recognition of Justice Prakash's ability but a recognition of the calibre and strength of the Singapore Bench in the commercial dispute-resolution arena."

Meanwhile, Mr Hwang said Justice Prakash's appointment will further strengthen the DIFC Courts, which has earned a strong reputation through its ability to deal with highly complex commercial disputes. "We also take great pride in our achievements in terms of gender equality. We are delighted to add further top female talent to our judicial bench with the appointment of Justice Judith Prakash."

He also said her appointment was based purely on merit, not gender. "I have known her for many years as a colleague and consider her as one of the top legal brains in Singapore."

Justice Prakash has served as a judge for more than 20 years. She made history by becoming the first female Judge of Appeal last year.

Law Society president Gregory Vijayendran said: "This is a fitting tribute and achievement for her... It proves that gender is no barrier to first-rate ability. The Bar celebrates Justice Prakash's latest monumental milestone together with her."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2017, with the headline 'Top S'pore judge joins Dubai court'. Print Edition | Subscribe