Federal Court hearing Bar's appeal against appointment of top judges

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court seven-man panel is hearing the Malaysian Bar and the Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) challenging the appointments of Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal President Zulkifli Ahmad Makinudin.

Justice Hasan Lah is chairing the bench, while other judges are Justices Zainun Ali, Ramly Ali, Zaharah Ibrahim, Balia Yusof Wahi, Aziah Ali and Alizatul Khairuddin Othman Khairuddin.

In the first hearing on Wednesay (March 14) The Bar and AAS are challenging the appointments made beyond the mandatory retirement age of 66 years and six months.

Four questions of law that have been posed by The Bar and AAS to be determined by the Apex Court.

Among the points of law is whether under Article 123 (1A) of the Federal Constitution an additional judge can be appointed on the advice of the Chief Justice, even if it is to take effect after the latter's retirement.

The Bar is represented by Datuk  S. Ambiga and the Attorney-General Chambers is represented by its civil division head Datuk Amarjeet Singh.

The Muslim Lawyers Association is represented by senior lawyer Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah who is there as an intervenor.