Cabinet agrees Judicial and Legal Services be separated

Source: FMT News

Chief Justice Federal Court of Malaysia Tun Arifin Zakaria speaks to reporters at the International Malaysia Law Conference 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, September 21, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Chief Justice Federal Court of Malaysia Tun Arifin Zakaria speaks to reporters at the International Malaysia Law Conference 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, September 21, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PETALING JAYA: Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria has received approval from the cabinet to shake up the Judicial and Legal Service Commission, The Star reported today.

The main reason behind this step is to separate the two branches of the commission, namely Judicial Services and Legal Services, and place it under two separate heads.

The commission currently comprises prosecutors as well as subordinate court judges, namely magistrates and sessions court judges.

The Judicial and Legal Service Commission is currently headed by the Attorney-General, hence Arifin calls this arrangement inappropriate as it could create the appearance of a conflict of interest.

“The prosecutors are all under the AG, and they appear before a sessions court judge or magistrate who is under the same service where the AG is the head. It doesn’t look good, does it?

“With respect, we disagree with this,” Arifin was quoted as saying by the daily, at a press conference after the launch of his book, Justice Above All: Selected Judgments of Tun Arifin Zakaria With Commentaries, in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Read more