KLANG: Judges have been told to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary no matter what by Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
He said their decisions should not be influenced by the interests of certain parties, insistence of public opinion or fear of criticism.
“Respect for the judiciary and court decisions rely on the people’s confidence in the integrity and independence of the judges who make their decisions without fear or favour,” The Star quoted Sultan Sharafuddin as saying.
He said this when launching the new Klang court building.
Calling on judges to make their decisions professionally, Sultan Sharafuddin said they should only take the side of the Constitution and legislation, and not any other party.
“Indeed, freedom, peace, development and the rule of law can only be upheld and guaranteed if the people have full confidence in the independence and integrity of the judiciary,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.
He commended the judiciary’s move of appointing qualified, talented and reliable advocates and solicitors as judges, saying this would facilitate the inclusion of various types of legal expertise and knowledge in the judiciary.
At the same function, Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria said there was a rise in cases, especially civil ones, being filed in the country.
Taking Selangor as an example, he said in 2009, the number of civil cases filed in the Selangor High Court was 15,211 while criminal cases numbered 945, according to the report.
“The number increases every year. In 2015, 20,599 civil and 1,058 criminal cases were registered in Selangor,” said Justice Arifin in his speech.
He added that the rise in the number of civil and criminal cases had resulted in an increase in the number of High Court judges in the state.
“Currently, there are 20 High Court judges and judicial commissioners in Selangor,” Justice Arifin was quoted as saying by The Star.
Also present were the Sultan’s consort Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin and Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali.