Rohana Yusuf Malaysia’s first woman President of Court of Appeals


Putrajaya: Federal Court judge Rohana Yusuf today became the first woman to be elevated as the President of the Court of Appeals, the second highest position in the Judiciary. Rohana, 63, hails from Bachok, Kelantan.

Chief Justice Tengku Maimun became the first woman to hold the highest position in the Judiciary with her promotion on May 2.

Today, three Court of Appeals judges, Zaleha Yusof, 54, Zabariah Mohd Yusof, 60, and Hasnah Mohammed Hashim, 60, were appointed Federal Court judges.

With these appointments, the number of women judges in the Federal Court, the highest court in the country, now stands at six out of the total 13 judges.

The sixth woman Federal Court judge is Nallini Pathmanathan.

Rohana took her oath of office and loyalty before Court of Appeals Senior Judge Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid at the Palace of Justice while the three new judges of the Federal Court took their oaths before Tengku Maimun.

Rohana obtained her LLB (Hons) from Universiti Malaya in 1980 and started her career in the judicial and legal service as assistant drafter in the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

She was appointed as a judicial commissioner on Sept 1, 2005, and as a High Court judge on April 17, 2007.

On Jan 8, 2013, Rohana was appointed a Court of Appeals judge and on April 27, 2018, as a Federal Court judge.


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