Sabahan is among the  new judges
Published on: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
By: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR:  The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Tuesday presented the instruments of appointment to 10 judges of the High Court at Istana Negara.

The Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, was also present at the ceremony.

The judges are Datuk Rozana Ali Yusoff; Datuk Faizah Jamaludin; Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid; Abu Bakar Katar; Hayatul Akmal Abdul Aziz; Wong Chee Lin; Darryl Goon Siew Chye; Ismail Brahim Brahim;  Dean Wayne Daly and Celestina Stuel Galid.

Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar; Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Court of Appeal President Datuk Seri Ahmad Maarop were also present.

The appointments take effect Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the probation period for judicial commissioners (JCs) will now be a maximum of two years and there will be no extension, Malanjum said.

“Two years. If you don’t meet the mark, you go out. Previously, the probation period could be extended. Now, no more. Maximum two years,” he said.

He said that in the past, JCs have been on probation for between three and six years, which was rather long.

Malanjum said the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), of which he is the chairman, recommends candidates for promotion based on their ability to write judgments, judicial temperament and disposal of court cases.

He said six JCs “did not cross the line” because this time the JAC was strict in its vetting exercise.

Earlier, in his speech, he apologised to some of the JCs who were on probation for more than two years but were not confirmed as High Court judges.

“Maximum two years. If you don’t meet the target of being a judge within the two years, sorry, you either go back to practice or retire,” he said.

Malanjum also advised judges to refrain from using transparency to destroy the institution.

“Not that we must be opaque all the time. The institution survives on public confidence,” he said.

His advice to the JCs who were confirmed as judges today: “My humble advice is to always be honest and humble. Just because you’re a judge, you don’t have to be proud or bergaya (boastful). Live honestly.

“If you live honestly, nobody will suspect you. And always follow your conscience because your conscience will always lead you in a good way,” he said.

Malanjum also said that judges must not live in their own world otherwise they would not sync with the society. – Bernama


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