Tag: Judicial Appointments Commission
The CJM's position has been vacant for two months following the retirement of Zaharah Ibrahim on May 16.
Apex court judges must come with unquestionable integrity and race should not be a consideration, say lawyers commenting on the impending retirement of several judges this year.
Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar Al Mahdzar says the JAC Act empowers the prime minister to revoke the membership of any eminent member before their term expires.
His appointment to the Judicial Appointments Commission took effect on Sept 4.
Lawyers for Liberty says the resignations of Raus Sharif and Zulkefli Makinudin signal better times for the judiciary, but it is also important to reform the membership of the JAC.
Former chief justice Zaki Azmi had argued that JAC is an extra-constitutional body and cannot replace provisions of the Federal Constitution.
The Judicial Appointments Commission can then propose to the Conference of Rulers to appoint Richard Malanjum to the top judicial post, says Gopal Sri Ram.
Prime Minister Najib Razak also appoints Federal Court judge Azahar Mohamed to the Judicial Appointments Commission.
Ex-judge and a lawyer concur that Najib Razak should delegate his authority to a minister while another counsel feels the PM can do the appointments even though he is involved in several cases before the courts.