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Writing Better Judgments, 24-26 March 2022

The “Writing Better Judgments” Course was held on 24th - 26th March 2022 (Thursday-Saturday) at the Zenith Hotel, Putrajaya. The course objective is to introduced the participants to the key concepts which aim to improve the quality of judgment writing using 5Cs concept; Clear, Concise, Comprehensive, Coherent and Convincing.

This 3-day course consists of 11 sessions. The details of all 11 sessions are as follows:

Date Session Title Facilitator
24 March 2022 (Thusday)  1  “Why Good Judgments Matter?”
  • The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Azahar bin Mohamed, Chief Judge of Ma
  • The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak
   2  “Issues Based Approach to Judgment Writing: The Conceptual Framework”
  • The Honourable Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan, Federal Court Judge
  • The Honourable Datuk Vazeer Alam bin Mydin Meera, Judge of the Court of Appeal
   3  “The First Page and Creating Headings” 
  • The Honourable Datuk Vernon Ong Lam Kiat, Federal Court Judge
   4  “Individual Feedback Session and Exercise on Re-writing the First Page and Creating Headings” 
  •  All facilitators
   5 “The Challenge of Judgment Writing” 
  • The Honourable Dato’ Lee Swee Seng, Judge of the Court of Appeal
     “The Structural Construct of an Issues Based Judgment” 
  • The Honourable Datuk Vazeer Alam bin Mydin Meera, Judge of the Court of Appeal
 25 March 2022 (Friday) 6  “The Road to Judgment” 
  • The Right Honourable Tan Sri Rohana binti Yusuf, President of the Court of Appeal
  7 “Workshop on Practical Issue Identification” 
  • All facilitators
  8 “Workshop – Review of the Re-written First Page and List of Headings” 
  • All facilitators
  9 “Issues Based Approach Judgment Writing in Criminal Cases (Section 39B of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Section 302 of the Penal Code” 
  • The Honourable Dato’ Abdul Rahman Sebli, Federal Court Judge
  • The Honourable Dato’ Mohamad Zabidin bin Mohd. Diah, Federal Court Judge
  • The Honourable Datuk Abdul Karim bin Abdul Jalil, Judge of the Court of Appeal
  10 “Managing Procrastination and Competing Priorities” 
  • The Honourable Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Zawawi bin Salleh, Federal Court Judge
26 March 2022 (Saturday) 11 “Workshop – Review of The Re-written Submitted Judgment” 
  • All facilitators

 


Each participant was given the task to re-write their sample of ground of judgment based on the principles that have been suggested in this course and then submitted the judgment to the facilitators of their respective groups. In order to fulfill this purpose, the participants were divided into four groups consisting of three to six members in each group. Participants in each group were guided by three facilitators consisting of Federal Court Judges and Judges of the Court of Appeal.

A total of 19 participants consisting of 7 High Court Judges and 12 Judicial Commissioners participated in the course. The Right Honourable Tun Tengku Maimun binti Tuan Mat, Chief Justice of Federal Court, Malaysia was also present. The facilitators of this course were The Right Honourable Tan Sri Rohana binti Yusuf, President of the Court of Appeal, Malaysia; The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Azahar bin Mohamed, Chief Judge of the High Court in Malaya; The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim, Chief Judge of the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak; The Honourable Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Zawawi bin Salleh, Federal Court Judge cum the Chairman of the Training Committee of Malaysian Judicial Academy; The Honourable Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan, Federal Court Judge; The Honourable Datuk Vernon Ong Lam Kiat, Federal Court Judge; The Honourable Dato’ Abdul Rahman Sebli, Federal Court Judge; The Honourable Puan Sri Dato’ Zaleha binti Yusof, Federal Court Judge; The Honourable Dato’ Sri Hasnah binti Dato' Mohammed Hashim, Federal Court Judge; The Honourable Dato’ Mary Lim Thiam Suan, Federal Court Judge; The Honourable Dato’ Mohamad Zabidin bin Mohd. Diah, Federal Court Judge; The Honourable Datuk Abdul Karim bin Abdul Jalil, Judge of the Court of Appeal; The Honourable Datuk Seri Kamaludin bin Md Said, Judge of the Court of Appeal; The Honourable Datuk Nor Bee binti Ariffin, Judge of the Court of Appeal; The Honourable Dato’ Has Zanah binti Mehat, Judge of the Court of Appeal; The Honourable Dato’ Lee Swee Seng, Judge of the Court of Appeal; The Honourable Datuk Hajah Azizah binti Haji Nawawi, Judge of the Court of Appeal; and The Honourable Datuk Vazeer Alam bin Mydin Meera, Judge of the Court of Appeal.

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