Bar groups to discuss judicial term extension challenge

Source: The Malaysian Insight 

THE three organisations representing lawyers in the country may mount an unprecedented legal challenge against the term extensions of Chief Justice Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal President Zulkefli Makinudin.

Malaysian Bar President George Varughese will meet with the leadership of the Sabah Law Society and the Advocates Association of Sarawak in Miri this Saturday during a regular biannual tripartite meeting.

“We believe that if these appointments are not declined, it can lead to a constitutional crisis,” Varughese told The Malaysian Insight.  Read more

Borneo lawyers want Raus, Zulkefli to reconsider posts

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: Sabah and Sarawak lawyer groups have urged Chief Justice Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin to consider the potential risk to public confidence in the judiciary in deciding whether to remain in office after their mandatory retirement age.

The groups said they had no doubts as to the sterling character and capability of both judges and the constitutional powers bestowed upon the king under Article 122 (1A) of the Federal Constitution.

“However, it is clear that the timing and mode of the appointments/extensions certainly give rise to various issues raised and specifically on the public perception and confidence in the judiciary,” they said.

Their concerns were expressed in a joint press statement released today by Sabah Law Society president Brenndon Keith Soh and the Advocates Association of Sarawak president Ranbir Singh Sangha. Read more