Ah Foon Cheong

Retired judge of the Supreme Court of Mauritius

Mrs Ah Foon Chui Yew Cheong retired in 2017 as judge of the Supreme Court of Mauritius, after having served over 40 years in the legal and judicial service of the country. After having read law at the University of London, King’s College, she was called to the bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1975. Upon her return to the country, she was one of the first two women to be appointed in 1977 as law officers at the then Crown Law Office. She was also the first woman law officer to lead for the prosecution at an Assises case. Over the years, she served as district magistrate, ag Principal State Counsel, President of the Intermediate Court, President of the Industrial Court and Master and Registrar of the Supreme Court. She was the Director of Public Prosecutions from 1999 to 2003. She was appointed Supreme Court Judge in 2003. As a judge of the Supreme Court, she held a special interest in civil and commercial matters and in mediation. She was a mediation judge from 2010 to 2014.

She has been since 2011 the Chairperson of the Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies which was set up by statute in the same year to provide continuing legal and judicial education in Mauritius. She still takes an active interest in the legal and judicial scene of the country. She is also the current Chair of SOS Villages Mauritius, a charitable and non-governmental organisation which provides alternative care for needy children. She is a director on the Board of ABC Banking Ltd.