PUTRAJAYA — July 12, 2018: Newly appointed Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum has proposed that cases involving constitutional issues be heard by a panel of nine Federal Court judges, including the four most senior.
He is also recommending that public interest cases be heard by seven while other appeal cases be heard by five.
Malanjum, who was sworn in yesterday, said applications for leave to appeal should be heard by a three judges, with members for these panels be decided by a ballot.
“We like to do this in a sense I don’t have to crack my head (on) who to sit (on the panel). We go by balloting.
“Appeal cases originating from Sabah and Sarawak should be heard by a panel consisting of at least one judge from these states,” Malanjum said in his maiden speech at the swearing in of the Court of Appeal president Tan Sri AhmadMaarop and the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk David Wong.
Currently, the Federal Court panel which hears appeals and review applications comprises five judges while the panel for an application for leave to appeal comprises three.
Malanjum said a number of new approaches would be implemented, including a joint and group management concept where the top four judges would be given the same power and responsibilities in all matters relating to policies and participation in the management of the judiciary.
The Federal Court, Court of Appeal and High Court will be led by senior judges in accordance with the roles as provided in the federal Constitution. These judges will be responsible for managing their respective courts.
He also suggested that a time-sheet system be introduced in the High Court to ensure judges were not accused of playing truant. — Bernama