Judge Ray Singh CBE awarded Honorary Doctorate


Judge Ray Singh CBE has today (Monday, 15 July) been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Law) by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Ray Singh was the first ethnic minority judge on the Welsh bench. He was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 1992 and in 1997 became the Resident District Judge of the Merthyr Tydfil combined Law Courts on the Wales circuit.

He has been a member of the Welsh Advisory Committee on Drug and Alcohol Misuse Act of the Judicial Studies Board, Family Court Services Committee, National Assembly Advisory Group and the South and South West Wales Criminal Justice Liaison Committee. He is a former Commissioner of the Commission for Racial Equality (1996 – 2002).

Presenting Judge Ray Singh CBE to the congregation was Professor Ian Walsh, Dean of the Swansea College of Art.  He said:

“It’s a great honour for me today to present to you Judge Rameshwar Singh or Ray as he is known to his many friends and colleagues.  Ray has had a long and distinguished legal career starting as a Barrister at Law in 1969 through to his appointment as the first ethnic minority judge on the Welsh bench. 

Ray’s illustrious career could best be summed up as ‘been there, seen it, done it’.  In recognition of his service to public life he was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2001.”

On receiving the award, Judge Singh CBE commented:

“I’m humbled to receive this award today because it came completely out of the blue.  I’m very happy to receive this award also because I started off my career as a lawyer in Swansea but early on in my career I also had an opportunity to work as a lecturer at the Swansea Institute. 

What I was very impressed with today was the diversity of students who were from all communities and cultures. I hope that these students will be ambassadors and role models to ensure that we can all live side by side respecting our religion, culture and at the same time living together to create and creating a very cohesive society in Swansea, in Wales and beyond.”

Ray is a fellow member of the Race Relations Committee, General Council of the Bar and is a former part-time Chair of the Child Support Appeals Tribunal. He is also an Independent Chair of the Complaints Panel for the Welsh Government. He recently became the Chair of the Race Council Cymru.

He is involved in many professional and public bodies as well as community groups, including being Chair of the Body of Merthyr Tydfil Brecon, a member of the Aberdare Children’s Contact Centres, a life member of Bonymaen Rugby Football Club, Vice President of the Glamorgan Cricket Club, and a board member of Neath Victim Support. He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2001.


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