Former chief justice, Chan retired from public service in November 2012 having served in all the high offices of law — as judge, attorney-general and finally, as Singapore's third chief justice. In a letter released to the press, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted that Chan's tenure as chief justice had raised the standing of Singapore's legal system at home and abroad. All said, he spent 26 years in the public service. Chan was appointed Singapore's first judicial commissioner in 1986, and became Supreme Court judge in 1988. In 1992, he was appointed attorney-general of Singapore, a position he held for 14 years before becoming chief justice in 2006. In the course of his judicial career, Chan wrote almost 380 judgments spanning many areas of the law, which will continue to influence Singapore's jurisprudence. Chan is succeeded by Sundaresh Menon.