Yang Sung-tae

Yang Sung-tae
Chief Justice of the Republic of Korea
Assumed office
25 September 2011
President Park Geun-hye
Preceded by Lee Yong-hoon
Personal details
Born (1948-01-26) 26 January 1948
Busan, South Korea
Alma mater Seoul National University

Yang Sung-tae (born January 26, 1948) is a South Korean judge and the 15th and current Chief Justice of the Republic of Korea.

Early life and education

Born in Busan, Yang received a LL.B. from Seoul National University in 1970. He began his law career in 1975 as a judge of Seoul Civil District Court, and afterwards served as a judge in several nationwide courts. He also taught as a professor at the Judicial Research and Training Institute. He was later appointed as the Chief Judge of Busan District Court and Patent Court.


During the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Yang, as the senior presiding justice of the Bankruptcy Chambers of Seoul Central District Court, ordered court supervision of bankrupt companies based on fairness and transparency. As the Vice Minister of the National Court Administration, he played a role in reforming criminal procedure.

In February 2005, he was named a Supreme Court Justice and served until February 2011. On September 25, 2011, he was inaugurated as the 15th Chief Justice of the Republic of Korea.

Further reading

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