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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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  • Directive Letters of The Secretary

    Directive Letters of The Secretary Judicial Appointment Commission :-

  • 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 Right Honourable Tun Tengku Maimun binti Tuan Mat 
    The Chief Justice, Malaysia
     
    Members of the Judicial Appointments Commission:
    1) The Right Honourable Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim
    President of the Court of Appeal, Malaysia:
     
    2) The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' Mohamad Zabidin bin Mohd Diah
    Chief Judge of The High Court in Malaya:
     
    3) The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Abdul Rahman bin Sebli
    Chief Judge of The High Court in Sabah and Sarawak:
     
    Members of Judicial Appointments Commission appointed by YAB the Prime Minister:
    4) The Honourable Tan Sri  Nallini Pathmanathan
    Federal Court Judge
     
    5) YABhg. Tun Md Raus bin Sharif
    Retired Chief Justice of Malaysia
     
    6) YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Suriyadi bin Halim Omar
    Former Judge of The Federal Court
     
    7) YBhg. Datu Haji Abdul Razak Tready
    Retired Sarawak State Attorney Genera
     
    8) YBhg. Profesor Madya Datuk Dr. Shamrahayu binti Ab. Aziz
    Lecture, Faculty of Law, International Islamic University Malaysia
     

    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/spk/en/permohonan-pesuruhjaya-kehakiman-2.html . 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/spk/en/permohonan-pesuruhjaya-kehakiman-2.html

  • 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, DUPN, DPSK 

    Biography

     

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim

    President of the Court of Appeal, Malaysia

    PSM, DA, DSPN

    Biography

     

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' Mohamad Zabidin bin Mohd Diah

    Chief Judge of the High Court in Malaya

    PSM, DSDK, SMP, SDK 

    Biography

     

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Rahman bin Sebli

    Chief Judge of the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak

    PSM, DIMP, PPB 

    Biography

       

    Members of Judicial Appointments Commission Appointed by YAB The Prime Minister

     

    The Honourable Tan Sri  Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan

    Federal Court Judge

    PSM, PMW

     

    YABhg. Tun Md Raus bin Sharif

    Retired Chief Justice of Malaysia

    SSM, PMN, PSM, SSAP, DUPN, SPDK, SSTM, DA, DMPN, KMN

     

    YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Suriyadi bin Halim Omar

    Retired Judge of the Federal Court

    PSM, DPMS, DMSM, KMN

     

    YBhg. Datu Haji Abdul Razak Tready

    Retired Sarawak State Attorney General

    DJBS, PPC (EMAS), PPB, PBE

     

    YBhg. Profesor Madya Datuk Dr. Shamrahayu binti Ab. Aziz

    Lecture, Faculty of Law, International Islamic University Malaysia

    PMW

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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 :

    1. integrity, competency and experience;
    2. objective, impartial, fair and good moral character;
    3. decisiveness, ability to make timely judgments and good legal writing skills;
    4. industriousness and ability to manage cases well and;
    5. 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 Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Abdul Rahman bin Sebli

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Abdul Rahman bin Sebli
    Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak
    PSM,DIMP, PPB

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Rahman bin Sebli was born on 25 January 1959 in Sarawak. The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' obtained his Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from the University of Malaya in 1983. Upon graduation, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' joined the Judicial and Legal Service of Malaysia in December 1983.

    Prior to The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato's elevation to the High Court of Malaya, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' had served in various capacities in the Judicial and Legal Departments of the Government of Malaysia. Among the notable posts, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' held were Deputy Public Prosecutor to the state of Sarawak, Pahang, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Senior Federal Counsel at the Sarawak State Attorney-General’s Chambers, Sessions Court Judge of Kota Kinabalu and Miri, Legal Advisor to the State of Pahang and Director of Legal Division at the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

    On 15 September 2008, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' was appointed as Judicial Commissioner. On 9 August 2010, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' was elevated to the position of a Judge of the High Court of Malaya. The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' served at the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak at Kota Kinabalu and also in the High Court of Malaya at Shah Alam and Johor Bahru until The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' elevation to the Court of Appeal. The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' was elevated to the Court of Appeal on 12 September 2014.

    On 8 August 2019, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' was elevated to the position of a Judge of the Federal Court, and on 17 January 2023, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' was appointed as the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak.

    In recognition of The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato's service to the State of Pahang, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' has conferred the award of Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (D.I.M.P) which carries the honorific title Dato’ by Sultan of Pahang in 2003. The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' has conferred the award of Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M) which carries the honorific title Tan Sri by His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in 2023.

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' is married to YBhg. Puan Sri Datin Sarbanun binti Mokhtar is blessed with seven children.

     

  • The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Mohamad Zabidin bin Mohd Diah

    The Right Hon. Tan Sri Dato’ Mohamad Zabidin bin Mohd Diah
    Chief Judge of Malaya
    DSDK, SMP, SDK

     

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah was born on 1st September 1957 in Gurun, Kedah. The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ obtained his LLB degree from the University of Malaya in 1982.

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ has had a long career with the Judicial and Legal Services since 1982. The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ has held several positions, amongst them are Magistrate, Butterworth, Penang; Head of State Prosecution for Perlis, Kedah & Penang and State Legal Advisor (Perlis).

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ was appointed as a High Court Judge of Malaya in 2004. The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ served the High Court of Kuala Lumpur (2007) and the High Court of Shah Alam (2012).

    On 26th November 2018, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ was elevated as a Judge, in the Court of Appeal, and on 3rd February 2022, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ was elevated as a Federal Court Judge.

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ was designated by the Right Honourable Chief Justice to exercise the powers and perform the duties of the Chief Judge of Malaya on 7th November 2022. On 17th January 2023, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ was appointed as the Chief Judge of Malaya.

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ was conferred with Pingat Dato’ Setia DiRaja Kedah (D.S.D.K.) in 2006 carrying the title Dato’ and in 2018, Pingat Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Selangor (D.P.M.S.) also carrying the title Dato’. The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ was conferred with Pingat Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M) which carries the honorific title Tan Sri by His Majesty Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in 2023.

  • The Right Honourable Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim

     
    YAA Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim
    Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak
    PSM, DA, DSPN


    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Amar Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim was born on 3 July 1959 in Sibu, Sarawak.

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri's career in the Judicial and Legal Service began on 1 August 1983 when he was appointed as a Magistrate in Miri, Sarawak before being transferred to the Magistrate’s Court of Limbang in the same year and to the Magistrate’s Court of Sibu in the following year.

    From the court, The Right Honourable Tan Sri crossed to Sarawak Legal Aid Bureau in 1989. A year later, The Right Honourable Tan Sri returned to the court as a Session Court Judge, at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri gained vast experience when he had the opportunity to join various government departments in his service. From 1992 until 1994, The Right Honourable Tan Sri was posted as the Legal Advisor of the Fisheries Department, Ministry of Agriculture.

    From 1994 until 2000, The Right Honourable Tan Sri led the General Crime Unit, Prosecution Division, Attorney General’s Chambers, Kuala Lumpur, and the Commercial Crime Unit, Prosecution Division, Attorney General’s Chambers, Putrajaya as the Head of the Unit.

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri was then appointed as the Chairman of the Department of Cooperative Development Malaysia Tribunal, Kuala Lumpur in 2000 and held the post for one year before being seconded to the Central Bank of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur as the Head of Prosecution Unit/ Deputy Public Prosecutor. Two years later, The Right Honourable Tan Sri returned to the Attorney General’s Chambers, Putrajaya as the Head of the Commercial Crime Unit, Prosecution Division for a period of one year i.e. from the year 2003 until 2004.

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri's journey in the legal profession continued when in the year of 2004, The Right Honourable Tan Sri was seconded to the Malaysia Securities Commission Malaysia, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur as the Director of the Enforcement Division until the year 2007.

    On 1 March 2007, The Right Honourable Tan Sri was appointed by the DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong as a Judicial Commissioner. In the same year, The Right Honourable Tan Sri was also appointed as the Chairman of the Appeal Board, Board of Engineers Malaysia, by DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri served at the High Court of Shah Alam, Selangor from 1 March 2007 until 31 April 2009 as Judicial Commissioner before being transferred to Kuala Lumpur High Court on 1 May 2009.

    On 14 October 2009, The Right Honourable Tan Sri was appointed by DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong as a High Court Judge. The Right Honourable Tan Sri continued to serve in the Kuala Lumpur High Court in various divisions until 31 December 2012.

    On 2 January 2013, The Right Honourable Tan Sri was transferred to the Penang High Court. Nine months later, i.e. on 30 September 2013, The Right Honourable Tan Sri was elevated as a Judge of the Court of Appeal, Malaysia.

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri was appointed by DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di Pertuan Agong as a Federal Court Judge on 26 November 2018 and on 20 February 2020, The Right Honourable Tan Sri was appointed as the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak. On 13 January 2023, The Right Honourable Tan Sri was appointed as the President Court of Appeal.

    To appreciate The Right Honourable Tan Sri's contribution to the Civil Service, The Right Honourable Tan Sri was awarded Pingat Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) by Tuan Yang di Pertua of Pulau Pinang on 27 August 2013. The Right Honourable Tan Sri was then conferred with the federal award Panglima Setia Mahkota which carries the title "Tan Sri" on 13 November 2021.

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ is married to YBhg. Puan Sri Datin Fadzillah binti Dato’ Kamaruddin and they are blessed with three (3) children.

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