The Right Honourable Tan Sri Datuk Sri Ahmad Bin Haji Maarop was born on 25th of May 1953 in Kampung Serkam, Melaka. His Lordship received his early education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Jasin, Sekolah Kebangsaan Alor Gajah and Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Beruang, Melaka.
His Lordship then went to Sekolah Dato’ Abdul Razak (SDAR) in Tanjung Malim, Perak for his secondary education and completed his form five. Afterwards, His Lordship proceeded with form six at the same school, which was then relocated to Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. After completing his secondary education, His Lordship went to read law at University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and obtained Bachelor of Laws (LLB (Hons)) in year 1978.
His Lordship embarked his legal journey as a Judicial and Legal Service officer on 8th of May 1978 and had since held various post, serving as Magistrate in Betong and Temerloh, Deputy Public Prosecutor for the State of Johor, Deputy Public Prosecutor of Royal Custom and Excise Department of Malaysia, State Legal Advisor of Perlis, Head of Prosecution Unit for the State of Penang, Senior Federal Counsel of Ministry of Home Affairs and State Legal Advisor of Kelantan. In 1994, while serving as State Legal Advisor of Kelantan, His Lordship was admitted as Advocate and Solicitor in the High Court of Malaya at Kota Bharu.
His Lordship service was then sought in the Attorney General’s Chambers headquarters where he served as Deputy Head and later as Head of Division, Advisory and International Division of Attorney General’s Chambers. On 1st of October 1998, His Lordship became one of the seven persons who were appointed as Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor by The Honourable Attorney General of Malaysia. His Lordship last position in Judicial and Legal Service was Commissioner Law Revision and Reform Malaysia, Attorney General’s Chambers.
On 1st of June 2000, His Lordship was elevated to the High Court bench as Judicial Commissioner and was assigned to preside over High Court of Malaya in Melaka. On 1st of March 2002, His Lordship was appointed as a High Court Judge and served in the High Court of Malaya in Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu.
His Lordship elevation to the Court of Appeal bench took place on 18th of July 2007. On 10th of August 2011, His Lordship took his appointment as Judge, Federal Court of Malaysia. On April 01st, 2017, His Lordship was appointed as Chief Judge of Malaya and then proceeded to be appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal on 11th July 2018. His Lordship was appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal on 11th July 2018.
In recognition of his service, His Lordship was awarded with the Setia Mahkota Perlis (SMP) medal in 1990, Kesatria Mangku Negara (KMN) in 1997, Darjah Mulia Sri Melaka (DMSM) in 1998, Darjah Setia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin (DSMZ) in 2006, Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) in 2013, Darjah Cemerlang Seri Melaka (DCSM) in 2015 and Darjah Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (SSAP) in 2018.
His Lordship is married to Puan Sri Datin Sri Zainon binti Haji Zainuddin and is blessed with three children namely Adilla Ahmad, Dr. Arfah Ahmad and Amin Ahmad.