Updated: 04/29/2014 01:45

Appeal Judge VK Rajah to be next AG

VK Rajah (© left)

VK Rajah (left), Steven Chong (right)

The President has appointed Judge of Appeal, VK Rajah, as Attorney-General. 

A statement from the Prime Minister's Office, says he'll succeed Mr Steven Chong on the 25th of June. 

He's Singapore's 8th Attorney General. 

Mr Chong will return to the bench as a Judge of the High Court. 

The statement says that in his capacity as Public Prosecutor, Mr Chong introduced several initiatives to enhance the administration of criminal justice, and strengthen the working relationship between stakeholders in the criminal justice process. 

He was instrumental in making a number of changes to the criminal justice system in the last two years. 

Mr Chong also took steps to engage the public in explaining the work and significant decisions of the Public Prosecutor, by establishing the Media Relation Unit and launching the Public Prosecution Outreach Programme. 

In addition, under his leadership, the Attorney-General's Chambers played an instrumental role in the successful conclusion of key international treaties, including the European Union-Singapore Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. 

It enhanced legal representation and support for all ministries and statutory boards in judicial review cases, and embarked on an exercise to make Singapore legislation more accessible. 

On Justice Rajah's appointment, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said Justice Rajah leaves the Bench after more than a decade of distinguished service during which time he made immense and significant contributions to the jurisprudence of the Court. 

He also discharged a number of important assignments and led several committees that resulted in significant and ground-breaking changes to the profession and also to the administration of justice in Singapore. 

CJ Menon says Justice Rajah will be greatly missed by his colleagues on the Bench. 

The Chief Justice extends his best wishes as Justice Rajah steps forward to take on another challenging and very important role.

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