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Chief Justice Tun Mohammed Dzaiddin
Tun Dzaiddin is a barrister of the Middle Temple, England. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in January 1967 and had been in active practice for 16 years before his elevation to the Bench.
He was a former Chairman of the State Bar Committee for several years, and a State representative to the Bar Council of Malaya. In 1981, he was elected as Vice President of the Malaysian Bar.
He began his career in the Malaysian judiciary as a High Court Judge from 1982 to 1992. He served as a Supreme Court Judge from 1993 to 1996 and a Federal Court Judge from 1996 to 2000. Tun Dzaiddin was appointed the 9th Chief Justice of Malaysia in 2000, becoming the first head of the Malaysian judiciary appointed from the ranks of practicing lawyers.
Tun Dzaiddin has been an active member of ASEAN Law Association of Malaysia since its inception. He was one of the delegates to the first ASEAN Law Conference in Jakarta in 1979. He was elected Chairman of ALA Malaysia in 1994. In 1996, he was elected President of the ASEAN Law Association. He stepped down with the reconvening of the ALA General Assembly in December 2003.
In June 2000, Tun Dzaiddin was bestowed the Grade of Panglima Setia Mahkota by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong, which carries the title “Tan Sri”. Two years later, he was bestowed the Grade of Seri Setia Mahkota by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong, which carries the title “Tun”.
For his contribution toward the development of ASEAN Laws and leadership in promoting close relations and regional cooperation among members of ALA, he was conferred an honorary degree of LLD (Cum Laude) by the distinguished St Beda College of Law, Manila in 2001.
Currently, Tun Dzaiddin is Chairman of the Tun Mohamed Suffian Foundation.