PUTRAJAYA: In an unprecedented move, seven judicial commissioners were made high court judges in a closed-door ceremony in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A statement issued by the Chief Registrar’s Office said six new judges – Justices Rohani Ismail, Anselm Charles Fernandis, Ahmad Fairuz Zainol Abidin, Mohd Radzi Harun, Aliza Sulaiman and Meor Hashimi Abdul Hamid – took their oaths before Chief Judge of Malaya Azahar Mohamed on Wednesday (March 25).
Meanwhile, Justice Dr Lim Hock Leng took his oath before Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim.
A source close to the judiciary told The Star that the private event was held at Dewan Persidangan in the Palace of Justice here.
“This is the first time (the ceremony was held behind closed doors). Because of Covid-19, ” the source said.
Chief Registrar’s Office corporate communications unit director Suzarika Sahak said the swearing-in ceremony was held at 10am.
“It was a short one, ” she said.
The swearing-in ceremony of judges is usually held in the presence of other judges and the media.
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