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Sundaresh Menon CJ, SC (simplified Chinese: 梅达顺; traditional Chinese: 梅達順; pinyin: Méi Dáshùn) (born 1962), is the Chief Justice of Singapore and a former Attorney-General.

The Honourable
Sundaresh Menon
Sundaresh Menon at the Arts House at the Old Parliament, Singapore - 20160720.jpg
Sundaresh Menon at an event in the Arts House at the Old Parliament in July 2016
4th Chief Justice of Singapore
Assumed office
6 November 2012
Appointed by Tony Tan Keng Yam
Preceded by Chan Sek Keong CJ, SC
Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore
In office
1 August 2012 – 5 November 2012
Appointed by Tony Tan Keng Yam
6th Attorney-General of Singapore
In office
1 October 2010 – 25 June 2012
Appointed by S R Nathan
Preceded by
Succeeded by Steven Chong J, SC
Judicial Commissioner of Singapore
In office
3 April 2006 – 2 April 2007
Appointed by S R Nathan
Personal details
Born 1962 (age 55–56)
Colony of Singapore
Nationality Singaporean
Residence Singapore
Alma mater


Early life and educationEdit

Menon graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) with first class honours from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore in 1986, and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School in 1991.[2][3]


Menon served a one-year term as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore from April 2006 to March 2007. Returning to legal practice after this, he was appointed a Senior Counsel on 5 January 2008,[4] and became the managing partner of the law firm Rajah & Tann in August 2009.[3]

Menon assumed the position of Attorney-General between 1 October 2010 and 25 June 2012.[5] He has also served as the Deputy Chairman of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a member of the Senate of the Singapore Academy of Law, and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the School of Law of Singapore Management University.[2][6]

Menon was appointed a Judge of Appeal of the Court of Appeal with effect from 1 August 2012.[7] On 6 November 2012, he took office as Singapore's fourth Chief Justice.[8] He is the first non-Chinese Chief Justice of the Republic of Singapore and also the first Singapore-born Chief Justice.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "CatholicNews". Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  2. ^ a b NUS Faculty of Law Congratulates our Alumni Sundaresh Menon, SC '86 on His Appointment as Attorney-General of Singapore, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, 4 March 2010, archived from the original on 27 July 2010 .
  3. ^ a b Advisory Board Member: Mr Sundaresh MENON, SC, School of Law, Singapore Management University, 18 October 2010, archived from the original on 2 April 2011 .
  4. ^ Senior Counsel Directory, Singapore Academy of Law, archived from the original on 30 March 2010, retrieved 30 March 2010 .
  5. ^ Attorneys-General of Singapore, Attorney-General's Chambers, 26 November 2015, archived from the original on 9 November 2015 .
  6. ^ Management Details: Mr Sundaresh Menon, S.C. Attorney-General, Attorney-General's Chambers, 24 January 2011, archived from the original on 17 February 2012 .
  7. ^ K.C. Vijayan (1 June 2012), "Changes in Appeal Court, A-G Chambers", The Straits Times, p. A1 ; Teo Xuanwei (1 June 2012), "A-G to be appointed appeal judge: As Justice Steven Chong succeeds Mr Sundaresh Menon, lawyers are divided over implications of shorter tenures", Today, p. 2, archived from the original on 2 June 2012 ; Appointment of Mr Sundaresh Menon, S.C. as Judge of Appeal: Fact Sheet (PDF), Attorney-General's Chambers, 31 May 2012, archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2012 ; Sundaresh Menon to be Judge of Appeal, Channel NewsAsia, retrieved 29 August 2012 .
  8. ^ Tham Yuen-C (30 August 2012), "Sundaresh Menon to be new Chief Justice", The Straits Times, p. 1 ; Teo Xuanwei (30 August 2012), "Sundaresh Menon is new Chief Justice", Today, pp. 1 & 4, archived from the original on 31 August 2012 ; Sundaresh Menon sworn in as new Chief Justice, Channel NewsAsia, 7 November 2012, retrieved 9 November 2012 .
Legal offices
Preceded by
Chan Sek Keong
Chief Justice of Singapore