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Judicial Commissioner

  • Congratulations to 2 Judicial Commissioner appointed. The names are as follows:

    1. The Hon. Dato’ Rohana binti Abd Malek
    2. The Hon. Tuan Tee Geok Hock

     

  • Congratulations to the 13 Judicial Commissioners appointed. The names are as follows:

    1. The Hon. Datuk Haji Aslam bin Zainuddin
    2. The Hon. Dato’ Norsharidah binti Áwang
    3. The Hon. Dato’ Julie Lack
    4. The Hon. Dato’ Fredrick Indran X.A. Nicholas
    5. The Hon. Tuan Wong Siong Tung
    6. The Hon. Tuan Khairil Azmi bin Haji Mohamad Hasbie
    7. The Hon. Tuan Leonard David Shim
    8. The Hon. Tuan Nadzarin bin Wok Nordin
    9. The Hon. Tuan George Varughese
    10. The Hon. Tuan Quay Chew Soon
    11. The Hon. Tuan Wong Hok Chong
    12. The Hon. Tuan Atan Mustaffa Yussof Ahmad
    13. The Hon. Tuan Anand Ponnudurai
  • Congratulations to the President of the Court of Appeal, 3 Federal Court Judges, 3 Court of Appeal Judges dan 2 High Court Judges appointed. The names are as follows:

    President of the Court of Appeal

    1. The Rt. Hon. Dato' Rohana binti Yusuf  

    Federal Court Judge

    1. The Hon. Puan Sri Dato' Zaleha binti Yusof 
    2. The Hon. Dato' Zabariah binti Mohd. Yusof 
    3. The Hon. Datuk Hasnah binti Dato' Mohammed Hashim 

    Court of Appeal Judge

    1. The Hon. Dato' Hadhariah binti Syed Ismail
    2. The Hon. Dato' Abu Bakar bin Jais
    3. The Hon. Tuan Nantha Balan a/l E.S. Moorthy

    High Court Judge

    1. The Hon. Dato' Sri Tun Abd Majid Bin Dato' Haji Tun Hamzah
    2. The Hon. Dato' Azmi Bin Abdullah
  • The Course "Induction Program for Judicial Commissioners" were held 20-27 March 2017 at the Office of the Secretary of the Judicial Appointments Commission, Palace of Justice, Putrajaya. This course aims to expose the new Judicial Commissioners appointed on the job scope and best practices to be followed in carrying out its duties and responsibilities.

    A total of 14 Judicial Commissioners have followed this course. A total of 19 topics were be delivered by senior judges consisted of the President of the Court of Appeal, Chief Judge of The High Court in Malaya, Federal Court Judge and Judge of the Court of Appeal.

    Among the topics of the lectures are Judge Craft: The Making of a Good Judge, Pending Hearing and Sitting in Judgment; Case Management; How to Read Statute; Judgment Writing: The Important of Language; Practical Approach to Judgment Writing; Dealing with Conflict and Unexpected Contentious Situation; When to Recuse; Assessing the Credibility and Reliability of Evidence; Adjudicating Trafficking of Drug Cases Under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952; Adjudicating Cases Under Section 302 of the Penal Code; Criminal Law: Evidence and Procedure; An Overview to Court-Annexed Mediation; Salient Features of the Rules of Court 2012; e-Court System; and Salary, Allowances and Benefits for Judges.

  • 1. These recommended Evaluation Criteria are grounded on the consideration that the public interest in improving the quality of our judicial system is best served by merit selection of judges and judicial commissioners.

    2. The criteria are designed to ensure that nominees have the intellectual capacity, the efficiency and personal qualities which would enable them to resolve disputes impartially and decide solely upon the facts of the cases and the law. These criteria need to be rigorous, both in their articulation as well as in their application in the selection process.

    3. The Evaluation Criteria are to provide minimum criteria and the presence of each criterion may vary according to the specific appointment under consideration. The demands of the particular office may require a different emphasis: The skills for a trial judge and an appellate judge differ. This is so with the exception of integrity which importance cannot be overstated.

    4. The following are considered as the minimal essential qualities for successful performance of the judicial function:

    (i)   Integrity

    (ii)   Legal Knowledge and Ability

    (iii)   Professional Experience 

    (iv)   Judicial Temperament

    (v)   Diligence

    (vi)   Health

    (vii)   Financial Responsibility

    (viii)   Public Service

    (ix)   Views on Public Issues

    (x)   Desirable Special Qualities 

    5. Merit selection cannot rely solely on these criteria alone. The procedure to be employed is equally critical. Certainly a common information pool bearing on all candidates which the Judicial Appointments Commission can rely upon is indispensable.


    (i)     Integrity 

    (This should be undisputed)

    It should be regarded as the keystone of the judicial system. It enables a judge to base his decision strictly on the facts and the law. It enables him to disregard personalities and all other extraneous matters. Consequently this quality should be rigorously sought in any candidate to the point that it may be preferable to err on the side of caution in this investigation. A candidate must be honest, truthful and be able to admit responsibility for mistakes. Integrity is also reflected by impartiality, moral courage, intellectual honesty and obedience to the law and high ethical standards.

    An examination of a candidate’s personal and professional conduct should reflect adherence to these principles.



    (ii)    Legal Knowledge and Ability  

    To secure successful performance of the function of a judge, a candidate should possess a sufficiently high level of knowledge of the law, substantive as well as procedural, and be able to interpret and apply the law. He should be able to communicate, both orally and in writing, his reasoning in coming to a decision. In all this, he is expected to conduct himself so as to demonstrate that he has the ability to understand the issues presented and to respond to them effectively and be able to reach a decision efficiently.

    Given that legal knowledge and ability should be continually refreshed, updated and enhanced, a candidate should possess a willingness to assimilate new ideas and skills.



    (iii)   Professional Experience 

    Professional experience is any substantial exposure to legal problems and the judicial process. It should not refer exclusively to practising law at the Bar. The experience however should be long enough to provide a basis for the evaluation of the candidate’s experience.

    The extent and variety of the candidate’s experience should be considered in light of the requirements of the judicial office that is being considered.

    Although trial experience is desirable, other types of legal experience are relevant. Experience in government legal work, corporate legal work, in public interest bodies and as a successful law teacher and writer, for instance, are relevant and can contribute towards the desired professional experience.



    (iv)   Judicial Temperament 

    This quality is universally regarded as an important criterion of a judge. Qualities of judicial temperament stem from the nature of the judicial function. Since the function is essentially concerned with conflict resolution, it requires the ability to deal with counsel, witnesses and parties with fairness, calmness, patience and courtesy, and the willingness to hear and consider all news presented. As an arbiter, it requires a judge to be even tempered, open-minded and confident, without losing firmness. He should be willing to understand and appreciate the whole range of topics and issues that may be presented, whether he is initially familiar with them or otherwise. Underlying all these is his understanding of the importance of his role to the administration of justice and to the rights of parties and therefore he needs to overlook his personal desires in order to serve those objectives.

    Factors which are incompatible with judicial temperament include arrogance, impatience, pomposity, loquacity, irascibility and arbitrariness.



    (v)    Diligence 

    A candidate should have the care and earnest effort to accomplish that which he undertakes. Diligence implies good work habits and the ability to set priorities to his work.

    As procedural deadlines are important in court work, a candidate should have a good record for punctuality and respect for the time of other lawyers, litigants and parties and others involved.



    (vi)   Health 

    This is directed to ascertain that a candidate does not have any serious condition (physical or mental) that could affect his abilities to perform his duties as a fair and mpartial judge, including any erratic or bizarre behaviour or addiction to alcohol or drugs.



    (vii)   Financial Responsibility 

    Financial responsibility demonstrates self-discipline and important in predicting his ability to withstand pressures that might compromise independence.



    (viii)  Public Service 

    A judge is required to be sensitive, compassionate and considerate. His involvement in public service can indicate his social consciousness and consideration for others.


    (ix)   Views on Public Issues 

    Merit selection should not preclude any person from being favourably considered on account of his opinion on public issues. However, if such opinions indicate an easily prejudiced mind, he may not the suitable for judicial office.


    (x)    Desirable Special Qualities 

    Different courts and at different levels require judges to have special knowledge and skills. Though special knowledge and skills are desirable, it should not be overemphasized resulting in otherwise good candidates being passed over. Certainly knowledge, experience and special interest in issues of families and children would be an added advantage if the candidate is largely to deal with cases involving juveniles. For a candidate for the Appeal Court and the Federal Court, because of the collegial decision making process, it is important for the candidate to understand and respect differing opinions; also experience in scholarly research and writing on the development of the law.

  • 15 - 16 February 2019 | Palace of Justice, Putrajaya

    "Principles of Contractual Interpretation" Course

     

  • “Induction Programme for Judicial Commissioners” was held on 26-30 March 2018 (Monday-Friday) at the Secretary’s Office, Judicial Appointments Commission, Palace of Justice, Putrajaya. The objective of this programme is to expose the candidates to be on the scope and the field of work as well as the best practices while undertaking their duties and responsibilities as Judicial Commissioners.

    This course was conducted in the form of lectures with a total of 18 topics presented by senior judges namely “The Making of a Good Judge”; “Judge Craft”; “Dealings with Conflict and Unexpected Contentious Situation”; “Business of Judging: Practical Workshop”; “When to Recuse”; “Assessing the Credibility and Reliability of Evidence”; “Practical Approach to Judgment Writing”; “How to Read Statute”; “Judgment Writing: Importance of Language”; “Adjudicating Cases under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA)”; Adjudicating Cases under Section 302 of the Penal Code”; “Criminal Law: Evidence and Procedure”; “Adjudicating Trafficking of Drugs Cases under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952”; “Case Management”; “Salient Features of the Rules of Court 2012”; “An Overview to Court-Annexed Mediation”; “E-Court System”; and “Salary, Allowance and Benefits for Judges”.

    A total of seven (7) candidates to be appointed as Judicial Commissioners have attended this course, namely YBhg. Dato’ Ahmad Fairuz bin Zainol, YBhg. Dato’ Mohd Radzi bin Harun, YBhg. Dato’ Hajah Aliza binti Sulaiman, YBhg. Datuk Meor Hashimi bin Abdul Hamid, YBrs. Puan Wong Chee Lin, YBrs. Encik Darryl Goon Siew Chye dan YBrs. Dr. Lim Hock Leng.

  • Induction Programme for Judicial Commissioners 25 - 28 November 2019

    1. The Hon. Dato' Ahmad Shahrir bin Mohd Salleh - 27.03.2017
    2. The Hon. Dato' Sri Latifah Binti Haji Mohd Tahar - 03.05.2019
    3. The Hon. Dato' Amarjeet Singh A/L Serjit Singh - 03.05.2019
    4. The Hon. Tuan Awang Armadajaya Bin Awang Mahmud - 03.05.2019
    5. The Hon. Datuk Duncan Sikodol - 03.05.2019
    6. The Hon. Tuan Muniandy A/L Kannyappan - 03.05.2019
    7. The Hon. Dr Shahnaz Binti Sulaiman - 03.05.2019
    8. The Hon. Puan Evrol Mariette Peters - 03.05.2019
    9. The Hon. Tuan Christopher Chin Soo Yin - 03.05.2019
    10. The Hon. Tuan Ong Chee Kwan - 03.05.2019
    11. The Hon. Puan Maidzuara Binti Mohammed - 03.05.2019
    12. The Hon. Tuan Mohd Radzi Bin Abdul Hamid - 03.05.2019
    13. The Hon. Datuk Haji Aslam bin Zainuddin - 28.11.2019
    14. The Hon. Dato’ Norsharidah binti Áwang - 28.11.2019 
    15. The Hon. Dato’ Julie Lack - 28.11.2019
    16. The Hon. Dato’ Fredrick Indran X.A. Nicholas - 28.11.2019
    17. The Hon. Tuan Wong Siong Tung - 28.11.2019
    18. The Hon. Tuan Khairil Azmi bin Haji Mohamad Hasbie - 28.11.2019
    19. The Hon. Tuan Leonard David Shim - 28.11.2019
    20. The Hon. Tuan Nadzarin bin Wok Nordin - 28.11.2019
    21. The Hon. Tuan George Varughese - 28.11.2019
    22. The Hon. Tuan Quay Chew Soon - 28.11.2019
    23. The Hon. Tuan Wong Hok Chong - 28.11.2019
    24. The Hon. Tuan Atan Mustaffa Yussof Ahmad - 28.11.2019
    25. The Hon. Tuan Anand Ponnudurai - 28.11.2019
    26. The Hon. Dato' Rohana binti Abd. Malek - 03.01.2020
    27. The Hon. Tuan Tee Geok Hock - 03.01.2020
    28. The Hon. Datuk Hajah Zaleha Rose Binti Datuk Haji Pandin - 10.07.2020
    29. The Hon. Dato’ Azhar Bin Abdul Hamid - 10.07.2020
    30. The Hon. Dr. Arik Sanusi Bin Yeop Johari - 10.07.2020
    31. The Hon. Datuk Amirudin Bin Abd Rahman - 10.07.2020
    32. The Hon. Puan Mahazan Binti Mat Taib - 10.07.2020
    33. The Hon. Tuan Bhupindar Singh a/l Gurcharan Singh Preet - 10.07.2020
    34. The Hon. Puan Alice Loke Yee Ching - 10.07.2020
    35. The Hon. Tuan Ahmad Murad Bin Abdul Aziz - 10.07.2020
    36. The Hon. Puan Liza Chan Sow Keng - 10.07.2020
    37. The Hon. Tuan Wan Muhammad Amin Bin Wan Yahya - 10.07.2020
    38. The Hon. Tuan Alexander Siew How Wai - 10.07.2020
  • 28 November 2019 | Palace of Justice, Putrajaya

    Swearing-in and Allegiance Ceremony of Judicial Commissioners

  • NO. COURT POST FILLED VACANT REFERENCES
    1. a. Chief Justice 1 1 0 Article 122(1) of The Federal Constitution
      b. President of The Court of Appeal 1 1 0
      c. Chief Judge of The High Court in Malaya 1 1 0
      d. Chief Judge of The High Court in Sabah and Sarawak 1 1 0
    2. Judge of Federal Court 11 10 1 1 May 2009 [PU (A) 163/2009]
    3. Court of Appeal Judge 32 27 5 1 May 2009 [PU (A) 164/2009]
    4. Judge of High Court 73 58 15 1 October 2006 [PU (A) 384/2006]
      i. High Court in Malaya 60 49 11 1 October 2006 [PU (A) 384/2006]
      ii.High Court in Sabah and Sarawak 13 9 4
      Total (Judges) 120 99 21  
    5. a. Judicial Commissioners Peninsula   32   Appointment Pursuant To Article 122AB of Federal Constitution
      b. Judicial Commissioners Sabah   2  
      c. Judicial Commissioners Sarawak   4  
      Total (Judicial Commissioners)   38    
      Total (Judges and Judicial Commissioners)   137 21  

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