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Tuesday October 1, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday October 1, 2013 MYT 8:11:44 AM
by qishin tariq
PUTRAJAYA: Consulting the Bar Council is merely a “courtesy” and deemed not necessary in the latest elevation of judges to the Federal and Appeal courts, said Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria.
“It (consulting the Bar) is not within the law. We consult when it is necessary,” he said.
The head of the judiciary said there were no formal discussions because there are no provisions under the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) Act for input from the council.
He said the criteria for appointment of judges included accomplishments in resolving cases, quality of judgements, integrity, knowledge in the law, ability in the field judicial administration, professional experience and judicial temperament.
Three Court of Appeal judges were elevated to the apex court.
They are Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali, 63, Datuk Seri Abu Samah Nordin, 62, and Datuk Ramly Ali, 60.
Four High Court judges were also sworn in to the Court of Appeal, including Datuk Seri Zakaria Sam, 61, Datuk Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim, 64, Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, 59, and Datuk Varghese George Varughese, 63.
The JAC was established in 2009 to re-build public confidence in the judiciary. It currently comprises the top four judges, a serving Federal Court judge and four retired judges.
Among its functions are selecting suitably qualified persons who merit appointment as judges of the superior court for the Prime Minister’s consideration and to receive applications from qualified persons for the selection of judges.
On judges who were late in writing their grounds of judgement, especially in criminal cases, he said while guidelines required them to be written in eight weeks, a certain degree of leniency was allowed for complicated cases.
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