Judges’ conference postponed over Covid-19

PUTRAJAYA: The annual Judges’ Conference scheduled to be held over two days in Langkawi next week has been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, sources say.

A source said about 125 judges of the High Courts, Court of Appeal and Federal Courts were informed of this yesterday.

“We were informed about the postponement by the Chief Registrar’s Office yesterday evening,” a judicial officer told FMT on condition of anonymity.

Federal Court Chief Registrar Ahmad Terrirudin Mohd Salleh was not available for comment.

Under Section 17A of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964, it is mandatory to hold at least one meeting a year to discuss policy matters, among others.

Sunday was designated for travel to the venue while the conference proper was to be held on Monday and Tuesday.

The judges would then be off on Wednesday as they would be returning to their stations.

“We have already vacated all hearings to attend the conference. I suppose we will spend our time writing judgments on pending cases,” a judge said.