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Judicial Appointments Commission

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    SURUHANJAYA PELANTIKAN KEHAKIMAN
    Aras 5, Blok Utara, Istana Kehakiman, 
    Presint 3, 62506 Putrajaya, Malaysia. 

    Tel      03 8880 3545 / 3546 
    Fak     03 8880 3549 
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  • FAQs

    Q: When the Judicial Appointments Commission was established?

    A: Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) was established on February 2, 2009 in conjunction with the effective date of the Judicial Appointments Commission Act 2009 [Act 695].

    Q: What is the function of Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC)?

    A: Function of JAC under Section 21 of the JAC Act 2009 is to:-

    • select suitably qualified persons who merit appointment as judges of the superior court for the Prime Minister’s consideration;
    • receive applications from qualified persons for the selection of judges to the superior court;
    • formulate and implement mechanisms for the selection and appointment of judges of the superior court;
    • review and recommend programmes to the Prime Minister to improve the administration of justice;
    • make other recommendations about the judiciary; and
    • do such other things as it deems fit to enable it to perform its functions effectively or which are incidental to the performance of its functions under the Judicial Appointments Commission Act 2009 [Act 695].

     Q: Who are the members of the Judicial Appointments Commission?

    A: 

    Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission, the Chief Justice, Malaysia:

    1) The Right Honourable Tun Tengku Maimun binti Tuan Mat 
    President of the Court of Appeal, Malaysia:
    2) The Right Honourable Tan Sri  Rohana binti Yusuf
    Chief Judge of The High Court in Malaya:
    3) The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' Sri Azahar bin Mohamed
    Chief Judge of The High Court in Sabah and Sarawak:
    4) The Right Honourable Dato' Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim
    Members of Judicial Appointments Commission appointed by YAB the Prime Minister:
    5) The Honourable Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Zawawi bin Salleh
    Federal Court Judge
    6) YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Suriyadi bin Halim Omar
    Former Judge of The Federal Courtia
    7) YBhg. Datuk Dr. Prasad Sandosham Abraham
    Former Judge of The Federal Court
    8) YBhg. Datuk Stephen Chung Hian Guan
    Former Judge of The Court of Appeal
    9) YBhg. Dato’ Prof. Madya Dr. Johan Shamsuddin bin Dato’ Haji Sabaruddin
    Dean, Faculty Law, University of Malaya

     Q: In general, does the Judicial Appointments Commission subject to any Act in Malaysia? Are other laws referred to?

    A: Yes. Judicial Appointments Commission Act 2009 [Act 695] and Federal Constitution.

     Q: Am I among the judicial and legal officers like as legal practitioners can apply for positions as Judicial Commissioner?

    A: Yes. Judicial and legal officers can apply for the post of Judicial Commissioner through a form available on the website of the Judicial Appointments Commission and must be submitted through the Head of Department.

    Q: How legal practitioners as well as legal and judicial officers can apply for the position of Judicial Commissioner?

    A: Legal practitioners can apply for the Judicial Commissioner positions via online at link http://www.jac.gov.my/applicationjac/. Whereas for legal and judicial officers can be made through the application form available on the JAC website and must be submitted through the Head of Department.

     Q: What is the status of the application for the Judicial Commissioner if did not get any reply within a year?

    A: The applicants can reapply the application if no reply is received within one year from the date of application.

    Q: Where online application form can be obtained?

    A: Via link http://www.jac.gov.my/applicationjac/

  • Functions and Powers of The Commission

    Laws of Malaysia - Judicial Appointments Commission Act 2009 (Act 695) Part III

    The functions of the Commission are-

    1. to select suitably qualified persons who merit appointment as judges of the superior court for the Prime Minister's consideration;
    2. to receive applications from qualified persons for the selection of judges to the superior court;
    3. to formulate and implement mechanismes for the selection and appointment of judges of the superior court;
    4. to review and recommend programmes to the Prime Minister to improve the administration of justice;
    5. to make other recommendations about the judiciary; and
    6. to do such other things as it deems fit to enable it to perform its functions effectively or which are incidental to the performance of its functions under this Act.

    The Commission shall have all such powers as may be necessary for, or in connection with, or reasonably incidental to, the performance of its functions under this Act.

  • Introduction

    The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) was established with the effect of the Judicial Appointments Commission Act 2009 (Act 695) gazetted on February 8, 2009.

    The establishment of the Commission does not involve amendments to the Federal Constitution but was made through the amendment of the Parliament Act. The process under Act 695 on the appointment of judges is the process preceding the process of appointment under Article 122B of the Federal Constitution.

    It purpose is to ensure that the process for the nomination, appointment and promotion of Superior court judges is more transparent and comprehensive.

    The judges of the Superior courts are the Chief Justice of The Federal Court, the President of the Court of Appeal, the Chief Judge of Malaya, the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, the Federal Court Judges, the Court of Appeal and the High Court Judges.

    The establishment of the JAC is a step towards improving of the Judiciary and strengthening and enhancing the integrity of the institution. It will also fulfill the wishes and aspirations of the people to see transparency and justice in the country's judicial system.

  • Judicial Appointments Commission

  • Members of Judicial Appointments Commission

    The Right Honourable Tun Tengku Maimun binti Tuan Mat

    Chief Justice of Federal Court, Malaysia

    SSM, PMN, SPSK, DPSK 

    Biography

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Rohana binti Yusuf

    President of the Court of Appeal, Malaysia

    PSM, SPSK, DPSK

    Biography

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' Sri Azahar bin Mohamed

    Chief Judge of the High Court in Malaya

    PSM, SSAP, DIMP, KMN

    Biography
     

    The Right Honourable Dato' Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim 

    Chief Judge of the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak

       

    Members of Judicial Appointments Commission Appointed by YAB The Prime Minister

     

     

     

    The Honourable Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Zawawi bin Salleh

    Federal Court Judge

     

     

     

    YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Suriyadi bin Halim Omar

    Former Judge of the Federal Court

     

     

     

    YBhg. Datuk Dr. Prasad Sandosham Abraham

    Former Judge of the Federal Courtl

     

     

     

    YBhg. Datuk Stephen Chung Hian Guan

    Former Judge of the Court of Appeal

     

     

     

    YBhg. Dato’ Prof. Madya Dr. Johan Shamsuddin bin Dato’ Haji Sabaruddin

    Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya

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  • Selection Criteria

    A candidate is qualified for selection if he fulfils the requirement under Article 123 of the Federal Constitution.

    The Commission in selecting candidates shall take into account amongst others, the following criteria :

    • integrity, competency and experience;
    • objective, impartial, fair and good moral character;
    • decisiveness, ability to make timely judgments and good legal writing skills;
    • industriousness and ability to manage cases well and;
    • physical and mental health.

    A person who is a serving judge or judicial commissioner must not be appointed if he has three or more pending judgments or unwritten grounds of judgments that are overdue by sixty days or more from the date they are deemed to be due.

    The Commission in selecting candidates must also take into account the need to encourage diversity in the range of legal expertise and knowledge in the judiciary.

    How The Commission Evaluates? Read More.. 

     

  • Superior Court Judges

  • The functions of the Commission

    The functions of the Commission are :-

    • to select suitably qualified persons who merit appointment as judges of the superior court for the Prime Minister’s consideration.
    • to receive applications from qualified persons for the selection of judges to the superior court.
    • to formulate and implement mechanisms for the selection and appointment of judges of the superior court.
    • to review and recommend programmes to the Prime Minister to improve the administration of justice.
    • to make other recommendations about the judiciary.
    • to do such other things as it deems fit to enable it to perform its functions effectively or which are incidental to the performance of its functions under this Act.
  • The Right Honourable Dato' Rohana binti Yusuf

    The Right Honourable Dato' Rohana binti Yusuf
    President of the Court of Appeal
    SPSK, DPSK

    The Right Honourable Dato’ Rohana binti Yusuf was born in Bachok, Kelantan on 9th May 1956. Her Ladyship obtained her LLB degree from University of Malaya in 1980, Diploma in Syariah Law and Legal Practice (DSLP) from International Islamic University Malaysia in 1992 and Master of Comparative Laws (MCL) from International Islamic University Malaysia in 1993.

    Her Ladyship began her career in the Legal and Judicial Services in 1980 as an Assistant Parliamentary Draftsman at the Drafting Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers, as a Legal Adviser at the Ministry of Defence in 1982 and later in 1986 as a Senior Federal Counsel at the Attorney General’s Chambers. Subsequently, Her Ladyship served as a Sessions Judge Court at Kuala Lumpur. Her Ladyship opted for retirement in Judicial and Legal Services after 18 years in service.

    Her Ladyship joined a private sector in 1997 as a Legal Adviser and Company Secretary at Kumpulan UCM Industrial Corporation Berhad and Legal Adviser and Company Secretary at International Bank Malaysia Berhad.

    Her Ladyship used to practise as an advocate and solicitor and was a partner of Messrs. GH Tee & Co. in 2000. Before joining the judiciary, Her Ladyship was a Deputy Director of Islamic Banking and Takaful Department, Central Bank of Malaysia from 2001 to 2005.

    On 1st September 2005, Her Ladyship was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya at Kuala Lumpur. On 17th April 2007, Her Ladyship was elevated as a Judge of the High Court of Malaya at Kuala Lumpur.

    On 8th January 2013, Her Ladyship was appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal. On 27th April 2018, Her Ladyship was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Court.

    On 25th November 2019, Her Ladyship was designated by the Right Honourable Chief Justice to exercise the powers and perform the duties of the President of the Court of Appeal.

    Her Ladyship is blessed with two children, Nor Alina binti Azmi and Mohamad Rizal bin Azmi.

  • The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' Sri Azahar bin Mohamed

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' Sri Azahar bin Mohamed
    Chief Judge of The High Court in Malaya
    PSM, SSAP, DIMP, KMN

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Azahar Bin Mohamed was born on 27th April 1956 in Johor Bahru, Johor. Justice Azahar bin Mohamed obtained his LLB degree from University of Malaya in 1980 and LLM from London School of Economics in 1987.

    Justice Azahar has had a long career with the Judicial and Legal services since 1980.

    His Lordship has held several positions, amongst them are:

    • Senior Assistant Registrar, High Court, Johor Bahru (1980);
    • Deputy Public Prosecutor, Pahang (1983);
    • Deputy Public Prosecutor, Negeri Sembilan (1987);
    • Deputy Public Prosecutor, Kelantan (1990);
    • Senior Federal Counsel, Anti-Corruption Agency (1991);
    • Legal Adviser, Royal Customs and Excise Department Malaysia (1992);
    • Deputy Registrar of Companies (1992);
    • Deputy Head of Prosecution, Attorney General’s Chambers (1996);
    • Head of Prosecution, Attorney General's Chambers (1997); and
    • Head of Civil Division, Attorney General's Chambers (2000).

    On 1st August 2004, Justice Azahar Mohamed was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner and served the High Court at Johor Bahru.

    On 28th July 2006, His Lordship was elevated as a High Court Judge of Malaya.

    On 1st January 2009, His Lordship served the High Court, Kuala Lumpur.

    On 11th May 2011, His Lordship was elevated as a Judge, Court of Appeal.

    On 12th 2014, His Lordship was elevated as a Federal Court Judge.

    On 17th May 2019, His Lordship was designated by the Right Hon. Chief Justice to exercise the powers and perform the duties of the Chief Judge of Malaya

    On 08th August 2019, His Lordship was appointed as the Chief Judge of Malaya.

  • The Right Honourable Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima David Wong Dak Wah

     
    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima David Wong Dak Wah
    Chief Judge of the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak
    PSM, SPDK, PGDK
     
    His Lordship was born on 20th August 1953 in Sandakan, Sabah. His Lordship read law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His Lordship also obtained a B.Com (majoring in accountancy) from the same university.

    From 1978 to 1979, His Lordship was attached to a Public Accounting Firm in Sydney as a qualified auditor. In 1979 His Lordship was admitted as a barrister of the New South Wales Supreme Court in Australia. In 1980, His Lordship was admitted to the Sabah Bar and he practiced as an advocate and solicitor in Sandakan until 1992. In 1992, His Lordship practiced in Sydney until 1996. In 1997, His Lordship returned to Sandakan, Sabah and practiced as an advocate and soliciter in Messrs Peter Lo & Co until 2005.

    His Lordship was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak in Kuching on 29th August 2005 and elevated as a Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak with effect from 11th April 2007. His Lordship has been appointed as Managing Judge in ensuring that the computerised system and Court Recording System implemented until to date.

    On 8th January 2013, His Lordship was elevated as a Judge of the Court of Appeal. On 27th April 2018 His Lordship was elevated to the Federal Court Malaysia. On 11th July 2018, His Lordship was appointed as the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak.

    His Lordship is married to YBhg. Puan Sri Janet Wong Ying Kin and they are blessed with three children Davina, Daphne and Justin.

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