Datuk Seri Gopal Sri RamFormer Judge at Federal Court of Malaysia
Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram was called to the English Bar at Lincoln's Inn in July 1969 and of which he is now an Honorary Bencher. On his return to Malaysia he was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Bar of the West Malaysian High Court. He then practised as an Advocate of the Superior Courts of Malaysia until his elevation as a judge of the Court of Appeal.
As an Advocate, Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram had a very lucrative and busy practice covering a wide range of areas including many important constitutional, commercial and criminal cases that broke new ground in Malaysian law. Very early in his practice he was lauded for his contribution in the Tun Mustapha trial.
In 1994, Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram earned the distinction of becoming the first ever member of the Bar in Malaysian history to be appointed directly to the Court of Appeal of Malaysia as a Judge. After his appointment he delivered numerous landmark judgments in the field of labour law, commercial law and constitutional law. Due to his concern for the speedy disposal of cases to reduce the backlog, he often delivered ex tempore judgements even in complex cases.
In April 2009, he was elevated as a Judge of the Federal Court of Malaysia, a position he held until his retirement in February 2010. While on the Bench, he delivered more than 800 Judgements of which many have become leading legal authorities and precedents relied on in Courts throughout the Commonwealth.
Currently back in legal practice, he has acted as senior counsel in numerous high-profile cases in all level of the judicial hierarchy. Most notably, he has recently been appointed Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor to act on behalf of the Government of Malaysia in, amongst others, the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the Sarawak Solar Energy trials.
Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram has presented papers at numerous Malaysian and International Conferences. He has also acted as arbitrator in several domestic and international arbitrations.