Special FT shariah courts to standardise laws, says Mujahid

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has proposed the establishment of special high and lower shariah courts to deal with matters relating to marriage, child custody (hadhanah) and maintenance (nafkah) in the Federal Territories, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa said these were among the proposals for measures to standardise laws under the shariah court system.

“The proposal was made by the Federal Territories shariah court to focus on child custody cases and maintenance in the Federal Territories so that such matters can be solved swiftly and effectively,” he said to Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman (PAS-Sik).

He added that the government was reviewing amendments to criminal shariah enactments as these had yet to be standardised between states, with different regulations on offences and punishments.

“The inconsistencies could create injustice towards the accused and relevant parties.”

He said other improvements in the pipeline included shortening the issuance of order process for permanent child custody cases from 14 days to one hour at the Federal Territories shariah courts.

He said there would also be self-service counters for plea preparations at shariah courts, and a “fast-tracking” of divorce cases under a project by the Selangor Shariah Judiciary Department where court proceedings for irreconcilable marriages are shortened from 90 days to six hours.