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Friday September 20, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday September 20, 2013 MYT 8:28:30 AM
by shaila koshy
PUTRAJAYA: Judicial officers are now required to read any law textbook in English within three months and they will be assessed on it later.
“The textbook, related to their post, must be more than 200 pages. Later, they must give a presentation and a review on what they had read in 15 to 20 minutes to a panel in English,” said Mohd Aizudin Zolkeply.
The Federal Court’s head of corporate communications and international relations said the panel comprised two senior judicial officers.
“The panel can also pose questions to them and ask for their legal opinion on certain matters,” he said, adding that the officers’ performance would be taken into consideration in their end-of-year evaluation.
Mohd Aizudin said this in an interview on the “1 Book 1 Officer” initiative launched by Chief Registrar Azimah Omar in March.
The programme applies to all officers from the most junior grade of L41 to the JUSA (Public Service Premier Post) grade.
Judicial officers include magistrates and Sessions Court judges and those involved in court administration, legal research and planning.
“The initiative came into being because Chief Justice Tun Arifin (Zakaria) wanted to enhance their legal knowledge and improve their command of the English language.
“He also wants to develop a reading culture, not just online, but also from the court library,” he added.
Mohd Aizudin said all 88 officers at the Palace of Justice had completed their book reviews.
He was unsure whether others had gone back for a second book but he had taken two out at once.
“One was on sentencing in Britain because of the controversy here on sentencing and another on cyberlaw to update myself on case laws on cyber crime,” said Mohd Aizudin, who completed his review about two weeks ago.
He said in the next phase, which would include non-legal court staff, the officers would not be restricted to law textbooks as long as they read novels in English.
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