Arifin Zakaria

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Arifin Zakaria
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Chief Justice of Malaysia
In office
12 September 2011 – 31 March 2017
Nominated by Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin
Preceded by Zaki Azmi
Succeeded by Md Raus Sharif
Chief Judge of the High Court of Malaya
In office
18 October 2008 – 11 September 2011
Nominated by Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin
Preceded by Alauddin Mohd. Sheriff
Succeeded by Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin
Personal details
Born Arifin bin Zakaria
(1950-10-01) 1 October 1950 (age 66)
Pasir Mas, Kelantan, Federation of Malaya
Spouse(s) Robiah Abdul Kadir
Alma mater University of Sheffield
University College London
Religion Sunni Islam

Tun Arifin bin Zakaria (born 1 October 1950) is the Chief Justice of Malaysia[1] effective 12 September 2011, succeeding Tun Zaki Azmi.

Educational background[edit]

After completing his secondary education at Sultan Ismail College of Kota Bahru, he went to read law at the University of Sheffield. Upon graduation, he joined the Malaysian Judicial and Legal Service in September 1974. In 1979, he pursued the Master of Laws degree at University College London and the Bar Final Course at the Council of Legal Education. In June 1980, he was called to the English Bar, and in the same year he received his LL.M. from University College London (UCL).


Prior to his elevation to the High Court Bench of Malaysia, he had served in various capacities in the Government of Malaysia both in the Judicial Office, as well as in the Legal Department. Among the positions held by him were Magistrate, President of the Sessions Court, Senior Assistant Registrar of the High Court, Federal Counsel and Senior Federal Counsel, Legal Advisor to Ministry of Primary Industries, Legal Advisor to the Public Services Department, Legal Advisor to Malacca and Perak, Deputy Parliamentary Draftsman and Senior Federal Counsel of the Inland Revenue Department.

On 1 March 1992, he was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya and two years after, he was appointed as a High Court Judge of Malaya.

In 2002, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal. In 2005, He was elevated to the Federal Court. He was appointed to the present post of the Chief Judge of the High Court of Malaya effective 18 October 2008. His elevation as the Chief Justice of Malaysia was on 12 September 2011.[2]

During his judicial service, he also had served many position like the Judge of the Special Court,[3] the Member of the Legal and Judicial Service Commission, the Committee Member of the Higher Court Method and the Lower Court Method, the Panel Member of the Sharia Appeal Court of Kelantan and the Member of the Qualification Board.[4]


In recognition for his services to the nation, he had been bestowed some awards.

On 19 April 1988, he received the decoration of the Knight of the Most Illustrious Order of the Perak Sword of State (DPCM) from Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak.

On 3 March 1999, Sultan Ismail Petra of Kelantan conferred him the award of the Knight Commander of The Most Illustrious Order of the Crown of Kelantan (DPMK).

On 30 March 2005, Sultan of Kelantan again conferred him another award, The Knight Grand Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Loyalty to the Crown of Kelantan (SPSK).

On 6 June 2009, National Supreme King, Mizan Zainal Abidin conferred him the award of the Commander the Distinguished Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia (PSM).

On the same date of 2010, Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak conferred him another decoration, the Knight Grand Commander of the Most Illustrious Order of the Perak State Crown (SPMP).

Honour of Malaysia[edit]


He is married to Toh Puan Robiah Abdul Kadir and had been blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters.


  1. ^ "Chief Justice of the Federal Court". Chief Registrar's Office, Federal Court of Malaysia. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria dilantik Ketua Hakim Negara". Berita Harian (in Malay). 5 September 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Article 182 (1), Federal Constitution.
  4. ^ Section 7 (b), Legal Profession Act 1976.
  5. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 2012." (PDF). 

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Preceded by
Zaki Azmi
Chief Justice of Malaysia
Succeeded by
Md Raus Sharif