Justice Quentin Loh, the judge recently known for rejecting Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s legal challenge regarding the presidency, will have his appointment extended for 3 more years.
In a statement today, the Supreme Court said that Justice Loh’s new term will begin on Dec 25.
The Supreme Court said that with the re-appointment of Justice Loh, it will have a total of 21 judges, including the Chief Justice, four judicial commissioners, five senior judges and 12 international judges.
Justice Loh has made headlines in recent times for rejecting Dr Tan’s challenging of the decision to count Wee Kim Wee as Singapore’s first elected president.
Dr Tan said that the President Ong Teng Cheong should be counted as Singapore’s first elected president as he had fought and won in Singapore’s first presidential contest.
In his judgment to dismiss the legal challenge, Justice Loh said that the government had to power to exercise its decision.
Dr Tan took his case to the Court of Appeal, which also rejected his legal challenge.
Justice Loh was first appointed as judicial commissioner on Sept 1, 2009, and rose to became High Court judge on June 1 the next year.
He is the judge in charge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) and chairs its development committee and rules committee.
He also chairs the personal injury (claims assessment) review committee, which recommends appropriate action for the courts in their assessment of damages in claims for personal injury and death.
On top of these, he also heads the committee for the professional training of lawyers, which looks at how the professional training regime for lawyers here can be improved.