MORE THAN 70 important judgments by Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali have been compiled in his first book aptly titled Fiat Justitia.
The title, which means “Let Justice Be Done”, contains the full text of the decisions and judgments, as well as annexes to the decisions with their accompanying headnotes and summaries.
“It extracts and highlights important quotes from numerous important judgments delivered by me while I was a judge, from my time on the bench, in the High Court, up till my sitting at the apex Federal Court.
“All the cases that I have presided over have been meticulously recorded according to their respective areas of law,” Mohamed Apandi wrote in the preface.
The 796-page hardcover book was launched by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria.
The judgments were selected based on novelty and relevance, touching on substantive law and procedures, the rule of law, constitutional supremacy and prisoner's rights, among others.
Some of the cases highlighted in the book include Mohamed Apandi’s judgment in the case of Nik Noorhafizi Nik Ibrahim, which spoke about the right of a citizen to peaceful assembly.
In the case of Mohd Hanafi Safii, one of the complaints that came before Mohamed Apandi was the hurried conduct of the trial in the court's effort to clear its backlog cases in order to meet its Key Performance Index (KPI).
In his speech, Arifin said that writing judgment was a painstaking work that demanded a lot of effort, dedication and sacrifice.
“This is not often appreciated by the public. We, as judges, take pride in the judgments we write and in this regard, Mohamed Apandi is no exception,” he said.
Fiat Justitia also included a section on Mohamed Apandi's early life as a boy in rural Tumpat, his stint in the Legal and Judicial Service and his colourful career as an advocate and solicitor in Kota Baru, Kelantan.
The book is published by the Malaysian Current Law Journal Sdn Bhd.
Priced at RM220, the book is on sale at major bookstores.