V. K. Rajah

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V. K. Rajah
V. K. Rajah in November 2010
8th Attorney-General of Singapore
Assumed office
25 June 2014
Preceded by Steven Chong
Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore
In office
11 April 2007 – 24 June 2014
Appointed by S. R. Nathan
Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore
In office
1 November 2004 – 10 April 2007
Appointed by S. R. Nathan
Judicial Commissioner of Singapore
In office
2 January 2004 – 31 October 2004
Appointed by S. R. Nathan
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 56–57)
Nationality Singaporean
Alma mater National University of Singapore Faculty of Law,
University of Cambridge
Religion Hinduism

Vijaya Kumar Rajah, SC (born 1957), better known as V. K. Rajah, is the Attorney-General of Singapore.[1] Previously Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Rajah succeeded Steven Chong as Attorney-General on 25 June 2014. He graduated from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law in 1982 and obtained his Masters of Law (First Class) from the University of Cambridge in 1986.[2] His father, Thampore Thamby Rajah, better known as T. T. Rajah, was a leader of the former Singaporean left-wing political party Barisan Sosialis.[3]

Rajah was among the first batch of lawyers in Singapore to be appointed Senior Counsel in 1997,[2] and was once the managing partner of law firm Rajah & Tann. He was also part of the NUS law school moot team which won the Philip C. Jessup International Law moot competition in 1982, a first for NUS. The other members of the team were Davinder Singh, Jimmy Yim, and Steven Chong. He was first appointed Judicial Commissioner in 2 January 2004, Judge of the High Court in 1 November 2004, and subsequently Judge of Appeal in April 2007.

Rajah's publications include Judicial Management in Singapore (with T.C. Choong, Singapore: Butterworths, 1990). He was also the chair of a committee that produced an influential report in 2007 reviewing Singapore's legal sector.[4]


  1. ^ https://app.agc.gov.sg/Who_We_Are/Leadership/Management_profile.aspx
  2. ^ a b 'Statement From The Prime Minister’s Office - Appointment Of Judge Of The High Court', Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (Document No. 2004110101, dated 01/11/2004)
  3. ^ "Ex-Barisan Sosialis leader T.T. Rajah's funeral today", Straits Times, 15 March 1996.
  4. ^ Report of the Committee to Develop the Singapore Legal Sector: Final Report (September 2007).

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