|7th Chief Justice of Malaysia|
12 September 2011 – 31 March 2017
|Nominated by||Najib Razak|
|Appointed by||Mizan Zainal Abidin|
|Preceded by||Zaki Azmi|
|Succeeded by||Mohamed Raus Sharif|
|8th Chief Judge of Malaya|
18 October 2008 – 11 September 2011
|Nominated by||Abdullah Ahmad Badawi|
|Appointed by||Mizan Zainal Abidin|
|Preceded by||Alauddin Mohd Sheriff|
|Succeeded by||Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin|
|Group Chairman of Permodalan Nasional Berhad|
|Assumed office |
6 May 2021
|Preceded by||Zeti Akhtar Aziz|
Arifin bin Zakaria
1 October 1950
Pasir Mas, Kelantan, Malayan Union (now Malaysia)
|Spouse(s)||Robiah Abdul Kadir|
|Alma mater||University of Sheffield|
University College London
After completing his secondary education at Sultan Ismail College, Kota Bahru, he went to read law at the University of Sheffield. Upon graduation, he joined the Malaysian Judicial and Legal Service in September 1974. In 1979, he pursued the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at University College London (UCL) and the Bar Final Course at the Council of Legal Education. In June 1980, he was called to the English Bar, and in the same year he received his LL.M. from University College London.
Prior to his elevation to the High Court Bench of Malaysia, he had served in various capacities in the Government of Malaysia both in the Judicial Office, as well as in the Legal Department. Among 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 Malacca and Perak, Deputy Parliamentary Draftsman and Senior Federal Counsel of the Inland Revenue Department.
On 1 March 1992, he was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya and two years after, he was appointed as a High Court Judge of Malaya.
In 2002, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal of Malaysia. In 2005, he was elevated to the Federal Court of Malaysia. He was appointed to the present post of the Chief Judge of the High Court of Malaya effective 18 October 2008. His elevation as the Chief Justice of Malaysia was on 12 September 2011.
During his judicial service, he also had served many position like the Judge of the Special Court, the Member of the Legal and Judicial Service Commission, the Committee Member of the Higher Court Method and the Lower Court Method, the Panel Member of the Sharia Appeal Court of Kelantan and the Member of the Qualification Board.
Honours of Malaysia
- Malaysia :
- Kelantan :
- Pahang :
- Grand Knight of the Order of Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang (SSAP) - Dato' Sri (2008)
- Penang ;
- Perak :
- Sabah :
- Selangor :
- Terengganu :
He is married to Toh Puan Robiah Abdul Kadir and had been blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters.
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- "Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria dilantik Ketua Hakim Negara". Berita Harian (in Malay). 5 September 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
- Article 182 (1), Federal Constitution.
- Section 7 (b), Legal Profession Act 1976.
- "The Yang di-Pertuan Agong's birthday honours list 2009". The Star. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "King awards 1,523 on birthday". Bernama. The Star. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "Chief Justice leads Kelantan honours list". The Star. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
- "Chief Justice heads Penang honours list of 1,138 people". The Star. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "Sultan of Perak 82nd birthday honours list". The Star. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "Perak Sultan honours 867". The Star. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "CJ Arifin Zakaria receives Sabah's highest award". Ruben Sario. The Star. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "Chief Justice Heads Selangor Honours List". Bernama. Malaysian Times. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
| Chief Justice of Malaysia
Mohamed Raus Sharif
Alauddin Mohd Sheriff
| Chief Judge of Malaya
Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin