More judges to be appointed, says Rais

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  • Saturday, 26 Apr 2003

BAHAU: The Government will appoint more judges to address the current shortage and reduce the number of backlog cases in court, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.  

Without revealing any details, he said the appointments would be made within the next two months to ease the burden of existing judges. 

“With close co-operation and support from the Chief Justice (Tan Sri Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim), we hope to see a drastic reduction (in backlog cases) from next year,” he said after launching the SK Sungai Lui Parents Teachers Association annual general meeting at the school hall near here yesterday. 

Dr Rais said the Government had also agreed to make several changes to the judiciary to ensure a smooth and efficient administration. 

“Among others, we propose to separate the law administration division and judiciary system development division. 

“The latter will be under the jurisdiction of the law division in the Prime Minister’s Department while the former to be placed under the Chief Registrar to focus on court proceedings,” he said. 

Dr Rais said the Government was confident that the proposed changes would be positive for the entire judiciary system.  

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