KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 2016 : The Magistrate and Sessions Courts in several states have managed to clear more than 80 per cent of the civil and criminal cases as at May this year, showing an improvement in the efficiency of
the judiciary and raising public confidence in the institution.
Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria said the success in clearing cases was due to the high demand by the industry to resolve trade disputes fast.
“The Magistrate and Sessions courts in Kuala Lumpur and several other states recorded a high level of settling civil and criminal cases while in Penang, Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang were still working below the 80 per cent
“Maybe there were specific reasons and we took note of the matter,” he told reporters after opening the 2016 Judicial Officers Conference here, today.
The conference with the theme ‘Towards Judicial Excellence’ was also attended by Court of Appeals president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan
Sri Richard Malanjum and Federal Court Chief Registrar Datin Latifah Mohd Tahar.
He said the biggest change undertaken by Malaysia’s judiciary in raising its efficiency rate was through a timeline in settling cases.
Apart from that, Arifin also called on judicial officers to improve their command of English to facilitate them understand and interprete the law more effectively and decide on cases fairly.
He said even though the Bahasa Melayu was recognised as the court language, the importance of English in the field of advocacy was indispensable as the country inherited the British Common Law system.
“We could see the command of English among our officers has declined, and we will try to address the problem by holding in-house training conducted by judges as well as invited speakers from the British Council,” he said.
Meanwhile, Arifin expected a decision on the proposed separation of powers of administrator of lower courts judge would be made known by the year’s end as the proposal had been submitted to the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (SPKP) for consideration. – Bernama