|Chief Justice of the Republic of Korea|
Assumed office |
25 September 2011
|Preceded by||Lee Yong-hoon|
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.
- "Bio (Chief Justice YANG Sung-Tae)" (PDF). LAWASIA. 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2012.