|Tan Lee Meng|
|Senior Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore|
1 February 2015
|Appointed by||Tony Tan|
|Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore|
1 August 1997 –7 July 2013
|Appointed by||Ong Teng Cheong|
|Judicial Commissioner of Singapore|
2 February 1997 –1 August 1997
|Appointed by||Ong Teng Cheong|
|Born||7 July 1948|
|Alma mater||University of Singapore; University of London|
Tan Lee Meng (simplified Chinese :陈利明; traditional Chinese :陳利明; pinyin :Chén Lì Míng; born 7 July 1948) is a Senior Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He was first appointed as a Judicial Commissioner on 2 February 1997, and then appointed Judge in August 1997, serving until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 on 7 July 2013.
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Tan attended the University of Singapore (now the National University of Singapore), and graduated from its Faculty of Law with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) with first class honours in 1972. He subsequently obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of London in 1974, and was admitted to the Bar as an advocate and solicitor in 1976.
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Supreme Court judge Tan Lee Meng will retire on July 7, his 65th birthday..
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