Chief Registrar: Chief Justice, top judge sworn in as required constitutionally

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — The top two judges currently holding the posts of Chief Justice and Court of Appeal president took their oaths of office according to the requirements of the Federal Constitution, the judiciary’s administrative arm said today.

The Chief Registrar’s Office of the Federal Court confirmed that both Tun Md Raus Sharif and Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin had fulfilled the constitutional requirements to be appointed to two of the most senior positions in the country’s judiciary.

“With this, the Federal Court of Malaysia’s Chief Registrar’s Office states that the Chief Justice of Malaysia and the Court of Appeal President had taken their oaths of office as Additional Judges for the Federal Court before they took their oaths of office as the Chief Justice of Malaysia and Court of Appeal President in line with the provisions of the Federal Constitution,” it said in a statement issued by its corporate communications unit.

The Chief Registrar’s Office said that Raus had on August 4 taken his oath of office as an additional judge for the Federal Court at the Palace of Justice before Zulkefli in the latter’s position as Court of Appeal president. Read more

Raus defends extension of tenure as Chief Justice

Source: FMT News 

PUTRAJAYA: Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif today defended his reappointment as the country’s top judge, questioning why he should decline the position.

He said although the move was unprecedented, everything was done according to due process of law where the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has the power to appoint judges under the Federal Constitution.

“Of course there are conflicting views on this. As I said, lawyers always disagree,” he said.

“So it is nothing strange for lawyers to disagree on the interpretation of the constitution. It happens every day in court,” he told a press conference at the Palace of Justice here.

Raus was referring to the controversial extension of his tenure as chief justice, as well as that of Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin as Court of Appeal president, by the government last month, by way of appointing them as additional judges of the Federal Court after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 66.

The Malaysian Bar announced on Thursday that it will file a suit to challenge their appointments as additional judges to remain in their posts. Read more