Tun Arifin Zakaria
Former Chief Justice, Malaysia
Tun Arifin Zakaria was the 13th Chief Justice of Malaysia. He retired in March 2017 after being at the helm for five and a half years since 2011.
Tun Arifin was a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya and later a High Court Judge of Malaya. In 2002, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal, and in 2005, to the Federal Court. Tun Arifin served as the Chief Judge of Malaya before he was appointed as the Chief Justice.
Prior to his elevation to the High Court Bench, Tun had served in various capacities in the judicial service as well as in the legal department. Amongst the positions held by him were Magistrate, President of the Sessions Court, Senior Assistant Registrar of the High Court, Federal Counsel and Senior Federal Counsel, Legal Advisor to Ministry of Primary Industries, Legal Advisor to the Public Services Department, Legal Advisor to the States of Malacca and Perak, Deputy Parliamentary Draftsman and Senior Federal Counsel of the Inland Revenue Department.
Tun graduated with LLB (Hons) from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and LLM from the University College, London. He is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and was called to the English Bar in 1980.