The Right Honourable Tan Sri Zaharah Binti Ibrahim
Chief Judge of Malaya
PSM, PJN, DPMS, SMS, KMN
The Right Honourable Tan Sri Zaharah binti Ibrahim was born on the 17th November 1952 in Johor Bahru, Johor. Her Ladyship received her early education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar Pontian, Johor and her secondary education at Sekolah Tun Fatimah, Johor Bahru. Her Ladyship proceeded to further her studies at University of Malaya and was awarded a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree in 1977.
The Right Honourable Tan Sri Zaharah binti Ibrahim began her legal career on the 26th April 1977 as an attachment legal officer. Her Ladyship joined the Judicial and Legal Service as a Magistrate in Melaka Tengah and as a Circuit Magistrate in Alor Gajah, Jasin, Masjid Tanah and Merlimau. Between the 1st January 1981 and the 15th February 1992, Her Ladyship served as the Senior Assistant Parliamentary Draftsman at English Language and National Language Sections, Drafting Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers.
Her Ladyship was then appointed as the Director of the Intellectual Property Division (cum Registrar of Patents and Trademarks) at the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, a position held by Her Ladyship from 16th February 1992 to 15th July 1992.
On 31st March 1994, Her Ladyship resumed her services in the Drafting Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers as the Deputy Parliamentary Draftsman (II). Her Ladyship was appointed as State Legal Advisor for Selangor on 1st April 1994.
Her Ladyship then resumed her services in Drafting Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers as Deputy Parliamentary Draftsman (I) until 31st July 1996. On 1st of August 1996, Her Ladyship was promoted to the position of Parliamentary Draftsman, Her Ladyship’s last held position in the Judicial and Legal Service.
On 1st of August 2004, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Zaharah binti Ibrahim was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner. Her Ladyship served as a Judicial Commissioner in the High Court of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and in Shah Alam. Following her appointment as a High Court Judge on 28th July 2006, Her Ladyship presided over the High Court of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and in Shah Alam.
Her Ladyship was appointed as a Court of Appeal Judge on 14th April 2010, and later elevated to the Federal Court on 16th February 2015.
The Right Honourable Tan Sri Zaharah binti Ibrahim was appointed as the Chief Judge of Malaya on 11th July 2018.
Chief Judge of Malaya
Federal Court of Malaysia
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