This is a biography of Wee Chong Jin, Singapore’s first Asian Chief Justice who laid the foundation for a strong and independent judiciary. The book sketches out his character in detail through an analysis of his judgments and as gleaned from his interview conducted by the Oral History Centre. Learn of his thoughts, his values, his interests, his achievements and the controversies leading up to his appointment and during his tenure.
The First Chief: Wee Chong Jin – A Judicial Portrait is a written work of art which depicts the times, cases and people during Wee Chong Jin’s life and legal career. Read it for a full appreciation of his contributions to the Judiciary and judicial system of Singapore.
Profile of Author(s)/Editor(s)/Contributor(s)
John Koh is a retired lawyer. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Harvard Law School, he practised law between 1980 and 1999, first in the Legal Service and subsequently, as a corporate lawyer in New York and Singapore. He joined Goldman Sachs as an investment banker in 1999 before leaving in 2006 to pursue private business interests in the book industry.
Chapter 1 Penang, Cambridge and Singapore
Chapter 2 Lawyer
Chapter 3 Judge
Chapter 4 The Chief Justice and the New Republic (1963–1969)
Chapter 5 The Chief Justice and Nationhood (1970–1990)
Chapter 6 Commonsensible
Chapter 7 Controversies
Chapter 8 Contributions