Chief Justice

YAA Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum
Chief Justice
P.S.M., S.P.S.K., S.S.A.P., S.P.D.K., S.I.M.P., P.G.D.K.


The Right Honourable Mr. Justice Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum was born on October 13, 1952 in Tuaran, Sabah. He had his primary and secondary education in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Upon graduation with the law degree, His Lordship was appointed as Administrative Officer in the Chief Minister's Department, Sabah but he was assigned as a Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Sabah State Attorney General's Chambers.

In August 1981, His Lordship resigned from his position as the Deputy Public Prosecuter and then proceeded to join a private law firm in Kota Kinabalu until 1992. At that moment, he was the President of the Sabah Law Society.

His Lordship was then appointed as a Judicial Commissioner in March 1992. YAA Tan Sri was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner in March 1992.Later in 1993, YAA Tan Sri was elevated as a High Court Judge in Kuching Sarawak. YAA Tan Sri was also placed in the High Court of Miri and Sandakan from 1994 to 1996 and was transferred back to the Kuching High Court in May 2002.

In August 2002, he was appointed as Judge of the Court of Appeal Malaysia and later in June 2005, he was appointed as Federal Court judge of Malaysia. His Lordship is the first native of Sabah to be the High Court Judge, Judge of the Court of Appeal as well as the Judge of the Federal Court. At age of 52, he was the youngest Federal Court Judge appointed to the post. On 26 July 2006 he was officially appointed as Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak until the 10th of July 2018 and then proceeded to be appointed as the Chief Justice on the 11th of July 2018.

His Lordship is among the first of Sabahan who was appointed as a High Court Judge, Court of Appeal Judge and Federal Court Judge, the apex court in Malaysia. Since the establishment of the state of Malaysia, His Lordship is also among the first Sabahan who was appointed as the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak and as of now, the current Chief Justice.


Main Office:
 Chief Judge of High Court of Sabah and Sarawak's Chamber
 Jalan Gersik  93050 Petra Jaya
  (082) 449989        (082) 313400
Putrajaya's Office:
  Chief Judge of the the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak's Chamber
 Level 5, Palace of Justice
 Precint 3
 (03) 88803559        (03) 88883944
Sabah's Office:
  Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak's Chamber
 High Court of Sabah,
 88809 Kota Kinabalu,
  (088) 523700        (088) 210055

Federal Court of Malaysia, Palace of Justice,
Precint 3, 62506 Putrajaya, Malaysia.

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