Attorney-General of Singapore

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The Attorney-General of Singapore is the legal adviser to the government of the Republic of Singapore and its public prosecutor.

The office was founded in 1867 as the chief legal officer of the British crown colony of the Straits Settlements. The current requirements for appointment as Attorney-General are set out in the Singapore Constitution.[1] Unlike some other countries that follow the Westminster parliamentary model, in Singapore the Attorney-General is not a member of Parliament. He carries out his functions, with the assistance of his deputy, known as the Solicitor-General, through the Attorney-General's Chambers.

Prior to 1867 the law officer of Singapore was the Recorder of the Prince of Wales Island, Malacca and Singapore (1826 to 1855), the Recorder of Singapore (1855 to 1864) and the Crown Counsel of Singapore (1864 to 1867).

List of office holders[edit]

Recorders of Penang [2][edit]

Recorders of Penang, Singapore, Malacca [3][edit]

Recorders of Singapore, Malacca [4][edit]

Recorder of Singapore/Crown Counsel of Singapore [5][edit]

Attorney-General of Singapore[6][edit]

  • 1 Apr 1867 - 1 Jan 1883 Thomas Braddell
  • 2 Jan 1883 - 2 Oct 1883 John Augustus Harwood (Acting)
  • 3 Oct 1883 - 6 Nov 1893 John Winfield Bonser
  • 7 Nov 1893 - 4 Feb 1906 William Robert Collyer
  • 5 Feb 1906 - 28 Feb 1907 John Robert Innes (Acting)
  • 1 Mar 1907 - 31 Dec 1909 Walter John Napier
  • 1 Jan 1910 - 20 Feb 1911 Frederick Belfield
  • 21 Feb 1911 - 24 Jan 1913 Thomas de Multon Lee Braddell
  • 25 Jan 1913 - 24 Apr 1913 Evelyn Campbell Ellis (Acting)
  • 25 Apr 1913 - 18 Nov 1919 Gerald Aubrey Goodman
  • 19 Nov 1919 - 9 Jul 1925 James William Murison
  • 10 Jul 1925 - 12 Jul 1929 Michael Whitley
  • 13 Jul 1929 - 20 Apr 1933 Walter Clarence Huggard
  • 21 Apr 1933 - 10 Aug 1936 Percy Alexander McElwaine
  • 27 Oct 1936 - 14 Dec 1936 Newnham Arthur Worley (Acting)
  • 11 Aug 1936 - 14 Feb 1942 Charles Gough Howell

Kensatku-Kan (Attorney-General and Public Prosecutor of the Japanese Administration)[edit]

  • Feb 1942 - Sep 1945 Ichihara Kakka

Chief Legal Officer, British Military Administration[edit]

Attorney-General of the Crown Colony of Singapore[edit]

  • 1 Apr 1946 5 Sep 1955 Edward John Davies
  • 6 Sep 1955 1 Jul 1957 Charles Harris Butterfield
  • 2 Jul 1957 24 Jun 1959 E P Shanks

State Advocate-General of the State of Singapore[edit]

Attorney-General of the Republic of Singapore[edit]

Notes[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Braddell, R. St.J (1983). The Law of the Straits Settlements: A Commentary. South East Asia: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195825594. 

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