Sabah, Sarawak law associations agree Borneo judge needed to hear appeals

KOTA KINABALU: Law associations from Sabah and Sarawak agree with Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian that a judge with Borneo experience is needed to hear appeal cases from the High Court involving matters coming from the two states.

The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) and  the Sabah Law Society (SLS) said in a joint press release on Tuesday (June 18) that this is the right stand to take in the best interests of the two states.

“This is the right stand as Sabah and Sarawak are unique and there are a multitude of laws, customs and practices inherent to Sabah and Sarawak respectively," said the two associations.

The two associations said that while they recognise that any judge would have a sound understanding of the law irrespective of their origins, they feel that having a judge from Sabah or Sarawak should be revived.

"The local laws, customs and practices may be relevant, especially with regard to land matters and adat,” they said.

Baru had said on Monday (June 17) that judges with "Bornean experience" were needed in the Court of Appeal and Federal Court to sit in appeals originating from Sabah and Sarawak.


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