Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin had a long and distinguished career in the Malaysian Judiciary. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University College, University of London in 1976. He obtained his Master of Laws (LLM) from University College, University of London in 1983.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zulkefli started his long and distinguished career in the Malaysian Judiciary in 1976 as the Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Attorney General’s Chambers and later as the Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department in Kuala Lumpur.
He was appointed as a Federal Counsel of Income Tax Department in Kuala Lumpur and thereafter acted as a Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Housing and Local Government until year 1984. He subsequently served in various roles, amongst others, as a Senior Federal Counsel of Income Tax Department, Senior Federal Counsel of Sarawak, State Legal Advisor of Johor, State Legal Advisor of Selangor as well as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Prime Minister’s Department.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zulkefli was elevated to the High Court bench as a Judicial Commissioner in November 1994 and served at Perak High Court. He was subsequently appointed as a High Court Judge and served at the High Courts in Perak, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
His elevation to the Court of Appeal took place in June 2005 as a Judge of the Court of Appeal and on 5th September 2007, he took his appointment as a Federal Court Judge. In September 2011, he was appointed as the Chief Judge of the High Court of Malaya, the third highest judicial office in Malaysia. On 1st April 2017, he was appointed to occupy the second highest judicial office in Malaysia, becoming the President of the Court of Appeal of Malaysia until his retirement in 2018.
On 12th March 2021, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zulkefli was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor to the High Court of Malaya. Tan Sri is currently serving as a Judge in the Syariah Court of Appeal in Perak and as an Arbitrator and Mediator of Asian International Arbitration Centre. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zulkefli is also actively mentoring law graduates, imparting his invaluable experience and knowledge accumulated throughout his long and distinguished career in Malaysian Judiciary.