The “Writing Better Judgments 2/2022” Course was held on 27th - 29th October 2022 (Thursday-Saturday) at the Chini 1 dan 2 Room, DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Putrajaya Lakeside, Putrajaya. The course aimed to achieve the 5Cs in judgment writing; Clear, Concise, Comprehensive, Coherent and Convincing.
This three-day course consisted of 11 sessions namely “Why Good Judgments Matter?”, “Issues Based Approach to Judgment Writing: The Conceptual Framework”, “The First Page and Creating Headings”, “Individual Feedback Session and Exercise on Re-writing the First Page and Creating Headings”, “The Challenge of Judgment Writing” / “The Structural Construct of an Issues Based Judgment”, “The Road to Judgment”, “Workshop on Practical Issue Identification”, “Workshop – Review of the Re-written First Page and List of Headings”, “Issues Based Approach Judgment Writing in Criminal Cases (Section 39B of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952”, “Managing Procrastination and Competing Priorities” and “Workshop – Review of The Re-written Submitted Judgment”.
Each participant was given a task to rewrite a sample of judgment ground based on the suggested principles in this course and then submitted the judgement to the facilitators of their respective groups. The participants were divided into four groups consisting of three to five members per group. The participants of each group were guided by three facilitators who are Judges from Federal Court and the Court of Appeal.
A total of 18 participants consisting of 10 High Court Judges and eight 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 Datuk Amar Abang Iskandar bin Abang Hashim, Chief Judge of the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak; The Honourable Datuk Vernon Ong Lam Kiat, Federal Court Judge cum the Chairman of the Training Committee of Malaysian Judicial Academy; The Honourable Dato’ Abdul Rahman Sebli, Federal Court Judge; The Honourable Dato’ Zabariah binti Mohd. 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 Datuk Harminder Singh Dhaliwal, 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 Hanipah binti Farikullah, Judge of the Court of Appeal; The Honourable Datuk Seri Kamaludin bin Md Said, Judge of the Court of Appeal; The Honourable Dato’ Has Zanah binti Mehat, Judge of the Court of Appeal; The Honourable Datuk Hajah Azizah binti Haji Nawawi, Judge of the Court of Appeal; The Honourable Datuk Vazeer Alam bin Mydin Meera, Judge of the Court of Appeal; The Honourable Dato’ Gunalan a/l Muniandy, Judge of the Court of Appeal; and The Honourable Dato’ Nordin bin Hassan, Judge of the Court of Appeal.