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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 
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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  Rohana binti Yusuf
    President of the Court of Appeal, Malaysia:
     
    2) The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' Sri Azahar bin Mohamed
    Chief Judge of The High Court in Malaya:
     
    3) 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:
    4) The Honourable Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Zawawi bin Salleh
    Federal Court Judge
     
    5) YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Suriyadi bin Halim Omar
    Former Judge of The Federal Court
     
    6) YBhg. Datuk Dr. Prasad Sandosham Abraham
    Former Judge of The Federal Court
     
    7) YBhg. Datuk Stephen Chung Hian Guan
    Former Judge of The Court of Appeal
     
    8) 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/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, 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

    Biography

     

       

    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

    Retired Judge of the Federal Court

     

     

     

    YBhg. Datuk Dr. Prasad Sandosham Abraham

    Retired Judge of the Federal Court

     

     

     

    YBhg. Datuk Stephen Chung Hian Guan

    Retired 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 Right Honourable Dato' Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim

     
    YAA Dato' Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim
    Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak
    DSPN


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

    His Lordship’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, His Lordship crossed to Sarawak Legal Aid Bureau in 1989. A year later, His Lordship returned to the court as a Session Court Judge, at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.

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

    From 1994 until 2000, His Lordship 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 Unit.

    His Lordship 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, His Lordship 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.

    His Lordship’s journey in the legal profession continued when in the year of 2004, His Lordship was seconded to the Malaysia Securities Commission Malaysia, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur as the Director of Enforcement Division until the year 2007.

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

    His Lordship 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, His Lordship was appointed by DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong as a High Court Judge. His Lordship continued to serve in the Kuala Lumpur High Court in various divisions until 31 December 2012.

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

    His Lordship 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, His Lordship was appointed as the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak.

    To appreciate His Lordship’s contribution in the Civil Service, His Lordship was awarded with Pingat Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) by Tuan Yang di Pertua of Pulau Pinang on 27 August 2013.

    The Right Honourable Dato’ is married to YBhg. Datin Fadzillah binti Dato’ Kamaruddin and they are blessed with three (3) children.
  • The Right Honourable Dato' Rohana binti Yusuf

    The Right Honourable Tan Sri Rohana binti Yusuf
    President of the Court of Appeal
    PSM, SPSK, DPSK

    The Right Honourable Yang Amat Arif Tan Sri 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 practice 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 and on th 5th of December, Her Ladyship was appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal. On August 17th 2020, Her Ladyship was then conferred with Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota which brings the tittle 'Tan Sri'.

    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 27th July 2006, His Lordship was elevated as a High Court Judge of Malaya. On 1st January 2009, His Lordship served the High Court of Commercial Division, Kuala Lumpur. On 1st May 2009, His Lordship served as Intellectual Property Judge, Kuala Lumpur High Court. 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 9th October — 31st December 2015, Awarded Visiting Fellowship of Inns of Court at the Institute Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.

    Justice Azahar Mohamed was a Managing Judge of Kuala Lumpur High Court (Civil Division, Criminal Division, Family Court, Construction Court and Appellate & Special Powers Division) (2012 — 2017).

    On 8th February 2018, His Lordship was appointed as a Judge of the Special Court pursuant to Article 182 of the Federal Constitution.

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

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