Ahmad Maarop

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Ahmad Maarop

10th President of the Court of Appeal of Malaysia
Assumed office
11 July 2018
Nominated byMahathir Mohamad
Appointed byMuhammad V
Preceded byZulkefli Ahmad Makinudin
10th Chief Judge of Malaya
In office
4 April 2017 – 11 July 2018
Nominated byNajib Razak
Appointed byMuhammad V
Preceded byZulkefli Ahmad Makinudin
Succeeded byZaharah Ibrahim
Personal details
Ahmad bin Haji Maarop

(1953-05-25) 25 May 1953 (age 66)
Kampung Serkam [ms], Malacca, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Spouse(s)Zainon Zainuddin
Alma materUniversity of Malaya

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Ahmad bin Haji Maarop[1] is the tenth and current President of the Court of Appeal of Malaysia.


Justice Ahmad bin Haji Maarop read law at University of Malaya and obtained Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LL.B.) in year 1978.[2]


He started his legal career as a Judicial and Legal Service officer on 8 May 1978 and had since held various post, serving as Magistrate in Betong and Temerloh, Deputy Public Prosecutor for the State of Johor, Deputy Public Prosecutor of Royal Custom and Excise Department of Malaysia, State Legal Advisor of Perlis, Head of Prosecution Unit for the State of Penang, Senior Federal Counsel of Ministry of Home Affairs and State Legal Advisor of Kelantan. In 1994, while serving as State Legal Advisor of Kelantan, he was admitted as Advocate and Solicitor in the High Court in Malaya at Kota Bharu. He was then transferred to the Attorney General's Chamberss headquarters where he served as Deputy Head and later as Head of Division, Advisory and International Division of Attorney General's Chambers.[3] On 1 October 1998, he became one of the seven persons who were appointed as Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor[4] by the Attorney General of Malaysia. His last position in Judicial and Legal Service was Commissioner Law Revision and Reform Malaysia.[5]

On 1 June 2000, he was elevated to the High Court bench as Judicial Commissioner and was assigned to preside over High Court in Malaya in Melaka. On 1 March 2002, he was appointed as a High Court Judge and served in the High Court in Malaya in Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu. His elevation to the Court of Appeal bench took place on 18 July 2007. On 10 August 2011, he took his appointment as Judge, Federal Court of Malaysia.[6][2]

On 1 April 2017, he was officially appointed as Chief Judge of Malaya,[7][8] taking over from Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin to occupy the third highest judicial office in Malaysia.

Following the 14th Malaysian general election and the resignation of Zulkefli, Ahmad was again chosen to take over from Zulkefli, this time ascending to the second highest judicial office of Malaysia, becoming the President of the Court of Appeal of Malaysia. He was sworn-in by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 11 July 2018.[9][10][11][12] As such, Ahmad is currently the second-highest judicial officer in Malaysia after the Chief Justice of Malaysia.


Honours of Malaysia[edit]


  1. ^ "President of the Court of Appeal of Malaysia". Judiciary of Malaysia. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "President of the Court of Appeal". Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  3. ^ "List of Former Heads of Advisory Division". Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  4. ^ PU(B) 493/1998
  5. ^ "List of Former Commissioner of Law Revision and Law Reform". Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Judges told to keep public confidence, trust in judiciary". Bernama. MySinchew. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Md Raus appointed new Chief Justice". Bernama. The Sun Daily. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Md Raus is new Chief Justice of Malaysia". Bernama. The Star. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Ahmad Maarop angkat sumpah Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan". Murni Wan Omar (in Malay). Harian Metro. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Ahmad, David Wong angkat sumpah jawatan". Norlizah Abas (in Malay). Utusan. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Richard Malanjum is new Chief Justice". Bernama. New Straits Times. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Richard Malanjum Ketua Hakim Negara baharu". Bernama (in Malay). Harian Metro. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  14. ^ "Shafee gets Tan Sri title". The Star. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Dr Wee gets Malacca award". The Star. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
Preceded by
Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin
President of the Court of Appeal of Malaysia
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin
Chief Judge of Malaya
Succeeded by
Zaharah Ibrahim