Appointments to the Supreme Court Bench (Apr 2020)
The President of the Republic of Singapore, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has appointed Judicial Commissioner (JC) Dedar Singh Gill as a Judge of the High Court from 1 August 2020, and appointed Mr Andre Francis Maniam as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court for a period of two years from 4 May 2020.
The President of the Republic of Singapore, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has appointed Judicial Commissioner (JC) Dedar Singh Gill as a Judge of the High Court from 1 August 2020 under Article 95(1) of the Constitution.
JC Gill was appointed JC of the Supreme Court in August 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was the Managing Director of the Intellectual Property Department at Messrs. Drew & Napier LLC. JC Gill was appointed by the Chief Justice to manage the Intellectual Property (IP) list of the High Court and during this period, he has worked on the implementation of the recommendations previously submitted by the IP Dispute Resolution Framework Review Committee to review the Intellectual Property dispute resolution system in Singapore. In addition to hearing IP cases, JC Gill has also been exposed to cases pertaining to contract, tort and negligence.
The President of the Republic of Singapore, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has also appointed Mr Andre Francis Maniam as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court under Article 95(4)(a) of the Constitution for a period of two years from 4 May 2020.
Mr Maniam, 54, graduated from the National University of Singapore with LLB (Hons). He is currently a Partner at WongPartnership LLP and heads the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group.
Mr Maniam has about 30 years’ experience as a lawyer, with the last 10 years as a Senior Counsel in various modes of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration, and mediation. His practice covers a wide range of subject areas including Administrative and Constitutional law, Arbitration, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Building and Construction, Commercial and Corporate disputes, Cross-Border trade, as well as Regulatory and Financial Crime matters.
Mr Maniam is on the panels of various arbitral institutes like the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Asian International Arbitration Centre, and Russian Arbitration Centre at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration. He is also on the Singapore International Mediation Centre’s panel of specialist mediators.
With the above appointments, the Supreme Court will have a total of 25 Judges (including four Judges of Appeal and the Chief Justice), four Judicial Commissioners, four Senior Judges and 18 International Judges.
PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
6 APRIL 2020
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