VINCENT Hoong has been appointed the registrar of the Supreme Court, with effect from April 1 this year, or on an earlier date that the Chief Justice may designate.
The current registrar, Foo Chee Hock, will be appointed a judicial commissioner of the Supreme Court on or before April 1 this year.
A 1982 law graduate of the National University of Singapore, Mr Hoong was admitted to the Supreme Court in 1983 as an advocate and solicitor and spent a year in private practice before joining the Singapore Legal Service in 1984.
Since then, he has held various appointments in the Supreme Court, the then-Subordinate Courts, the Registry of Titles and Deeds as well as the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).
In 2009, he was appointed chief executive of SLA and concurrently as the Registrar of Titles and Controller of Residential Property.
Of Mr Foo's service to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said: "Under his stewardship, the Supreme Court launched the eLitigation system that benefited the judiciary and court users immensely. He was also the driving force behind the Learning Court and 'The Living Courthouse' that helped to demystify the judiciary and made the courts more accessible to the general public. Chee Hock also oversaw the implementation of the docket system in the High Court.
"In his new appointment as a judicial commissioner, Chee Hock will also oversee the Singapore Judicial College and I look forward to working with him on this major initiative dedicated to the training and development of judges and judicial officers."