Bar welcomes promotion of women judges to superior courts

George-Varughese_Alizatul-Khair-Osman-Khairuddin_law_600PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar has lauded the elevation of Alizatul Khair Osman Khairuddin as Federal Court judge, making it the largest number of women to sit in the highest court of the land.

Its president, George Varughese, said her appointment reflected the situation seen in the lower courts.

“There are many women judges in the subordinate courts, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. This is now also seen in the apex court with the elevation of Alizatul,” he told FMT.

On Saturday, Alizatul received her appointment letter from the king.

High Court judges, all women, Suraya Othman, Yeoh Wee Siam and Rhodzariah Bujang, also received their letters elevating them to the Court of Appeal.

All took their oath of office in Putrajaya this afternoon.

Varughese said Alizatul was a deserving candidate as she had the experience and judicial temperament to sit in the apex court.

With the elevation of Alizatul, four of the judges in the Federal Court are women.

Besides Alizatul, the others are Zainun Ali, Zaharah Ibrahim and Aziah Ali.

With the promotion of Suraya, Teoh and Rhodzariah, 14 of the 25 Court of Appeal judges are women, also a record, surpassing the number of men.