Abdullah to unveil judicial reforms today – Apr 17, 2008 (by Leslie Lopez)
But lawyer Charles Hector has this to say: Judicial Reforms….mmmmm?
What are the “judicial reforms” that the PM will reveal? (oops … how did the Media know about it and what those reforms would be before that) ?
COMMISSION for the selection, elevation, transfer of Judges
SEPARATION of Judicial and Legal Services Commission
INCREASE in the number of judges and courts. [The Malaysian ratio is 2.4 judges to a million people – a far cry from the ratio in India (10.5), Australia (57.1), Britain (50.1) and Canada (75).]
INCREASE IN THE SALARY OF JUDGES – AND DEFINITELY INCREASING THE PENSION OF JUDGES [For the pension, it should be the same as the last drawn monthly salary. When they retire, they will lose all the allowances, etc — which most of the time comes to about 50% of their take-home pay]
JUDGES SHOULD HEAR MATTERS IN THE HIGH COURT – including all applications where the end result is the striking out/dismissal of a suit/action, or the giving of judgment to a party (The current practice of allowing Senior Assistant Registrars and Deputy Registrars hear such applications should be immediately discontinued. Registrars should spend time assisting their judges – and there really is a lot of assisting that can be done and this will surely expedite the coming out of Grounds of Judgment and Notes of Evidence. Judges should never just rely on submissions by the counsels representing parties BUT should also be doing their own research, and also perusal of the existing evidence..and this is where the Registrars have a big role to play.
A COMPLAINTS MECHANISM AND PROCEDURE should be put in place, where members of the public, etc can lodge complaints against Judges, Magistrates, Registrars and Court Staff.
EXPEDITING the 13,880 remand cases or 34.2% of the total number of prisoners in the country. (Star, 22/11/2007). Criminal matters whereby the accused are in remand should be expedited. Cases where persons are out on bail is NOT the priority. Of course, at the end of the day all criminal matters should be put to an end as soon as possible.
Bringing back the court stenographers, as this will expedite the speed at which cases move. Now the Judge has to record down everything said – and this takes time… And of course, amending the FEDERAL CONSTITUTION to remove the amendments introduced around the 1988 period — including Art. 121,.. OR WILL IT JUST BE THAT THE PM WILL SAY THAT WE REGRET WHAT WAS DONE TO SALLEH ABAS AND THE JUDGES, AND THE MALAYSIAN JUDICIARY BY THE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE PREMIERSHIP OF MAHATHIR M…
Everyone knows that the most vocal critic in the past months have been good old Dr Mahathir – so is this ‘judicial reforms’, the ‘1988 Judicial Crisis’,…that ‘Lingam Tape’ matter…etc all just a way for the present PM and his people to try to distract all of us from themselves, the current BN government, etc — ? We will not be made ‘distractions’, or be distracted by our present PM and this government. We are not going to forget about TODAY as our attention is again taken to YESTERDAY and the former PM.
And Mr PM, we do not want some nice sounding non-binding speech about all them “Judicial Reforms” – we want it to be REAL and BINDING…now…not in 5 years time…not in 10 years…