Standard Of Malaysian Judges Much Improved, Says Tun Zaki

SINGAPORE, Sept 29 – The standard of judges inMalaysiahas improved tremendously in the last few years as a result of the training that they have been given, former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Tun Azmi said here.

“Although the training had been ad hoc, we can see a major improvement in their decisions and judgements,” he told Bernama after delivering a lecture at the Singapore Academy of Law Annual Lecture 2011.

“More important, the new Chief Justice, I understand, is asking the government to set up a judicial studies board to give training to the superior court judges,” he said.

Zaki also said the judges would have more time to write better quality grounds of judgment now that the backlog of cases had been cleared.

In his lecture entitled “The Common Law of Malaysia in the 21st Century”, Zaki said the appointment and promotion of judges inMalaysia went through many levels of filtering.

After being nominated by the Chief Justice, judges were scrutinised by  the Judicial Appointments Commission before their names were forwarded to the Prime Minister, the Conference of Rulers and finally the King, Zaki said.

“A judge has to go through five layers of vetting, not forgetting the nine rulers whose objections are likely to be a ground for removing the name of that judge from the list,” he added.

Also present was Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Md Hussin Nayan andSingaporeChief Justice Chan Sek Keong.

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