Chao Hick Tin

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Chao Hick Tin
Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore
In office
11 April 2008 – 27 September 2017
Appointed by S. R. Nathan
Tony Tan
Attorney-General of Singapore
In office
11 April 2006 – 10 April 2008
Appointed by S. R. Nathan
Preceded by Chan Sek Keong
Succeeded by Walter Woon
Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore
In office
2 August 1999 – 11 April 2006
Appointed by Ong Teng Cheong
Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore
In office
15 November 1990 – 2 August 1999
Appointed by Wee Kim Wee
Judicial Commissioner of Singapore
In office
1 October 1987 – 15 November 1990
Appointed by Wee Kim Wee
Personal details
Born (1942-09-27) 27 September 1942 (age 76)
Nationality Singaporean
Alma mater University College London

Chao Hick Tin, J, SC, (simplified Chinese: 赵锡燊; traditional Chinese: 趙錫燊; pinyin: Zhào Xíshēn; born 27 September 1942) is a former appellate judge in the Supreme Court of Singapore and former Attorney-General of Singapore.

Early life[edit]

Chao was born in Singapore and studied at Catholic High School. He received his legal education at University College London, where he obtained his Bachelor and Masters of Law degrees in 1965 and 1966 respectively.


Chao was called to the Bar as a barrister of the Middle Temple in 1965. In 1967, he joined the Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore where he rose to become a Senior State Counsel in 1979.

Chao was appointed the Head of the Civil Division in the Attorney-General's Chambers in 1982 and held that post until his elevation to the Supreme Court bench on 1 October 1987 as Judicial Commissioner. His elevation to the position of a Judge of the Supreme Court followed on 15 November 1990. On 2 August 1999, he was appointed as a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court. On 11 April 2006 he stepped down from the court to become Attorney-General of Singapore. He ceased to be Attorney-General[1] and was reappointed a Judge of Appeal every two years since 11 April 2008,[2] and shortly thereafter was appointed Vice-President of the Court of Appeal, until he retired the day before his 75th birthday on 27 September 2017.[3]

In the National Day Awards of 2008, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang) for his special contributions to the Pedra Branca dispute[4] case.[5]

Chao is also one of the founding members of the ASEAN Law Association.[6] He was also the first Commander of the Vounteer Special Constabulary, holding the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.[7]


  1. ^ "Appointment of Attorney-General". Statement from the Prime Minister's Office. Retrieved 11 April 2008.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Judges". Supreme Court. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  3. ^ "SAL Committees: Judge of Appeal Justice CHAO Hick Tin". Singapore Academy of Law. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Oral argument by Mr. Chao Hick Tin, Attorney-General of the Republic of Singapore on 6 November 2007". Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  5. ^ For special contribution to the Pedra Branca case Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine., 2008 National Day Awards, 11 August 2008, The Straits Times
  6. ^ "Office Holders". ASEAN Law Association. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  7. ^ James F. Albrecht (2017). Police Reserves and Volunteers: Enhancing Organizational Effectiveness and Public Trust. CRC Press. pp. Chapter 16. ISBN 9781315350462.