Lai Siu Chiu


Senior Judge Supreme Court Singapore.

Justice Lai Siu Chiu joined the Supreme Court of Singapore as Judicial Commissioner in 1991 and became Judge in 1994. She was the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of Singapore.  She retired in 2013 before returning to the Supreme Court as Senior Judge in 2015. Born in Malaysia, Justice Lai holds a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Laws degree from University College, University of London.  In 1973, she was admitted as advocate and solicitor in Singapore. Also in 1973, she began her legal career at Sim Teow Gok & Co and then, within the same year, moved to Allen & Gledhill where she became Senior Partner. In April 1991, she left the firm to join the Supreme Court. Currently, Justice Lai is the only woman appointed to the Presidential Council for Religious Harmony and is a member of the executive board of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which charity caters to ex-offenders. Justice Lai is also a board member of the Academy of Chinese Medicine (Singapore).