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Bar calls for review of representation process in criminal cases

It says the process should be overhauled in the wake of recent decisions by the public prosecutor to discontinue or withdraw proceedings in several high-profile cases.

Cap on PM’s term, separation of powers could remain a dream,...

Retired judge Gopal Sri Ram says the recent failure to amend Article 1(2) of the constitution casts doubt on whether MPs would support further amendments to the law.

Judicial, legal officers to have say on separating roles of AG,...

Survey forms will be distributed to get feedback from members of the Judicial and Legal Service Officers Association.

Lawyers: Constitution must be amended to remove AG’s prosecutorial powers

They say merely amending a federal law like the Criminal Procedure Code would be insufficient and could lead to legal challenges.

Just amend Criminal Procedure Code, says lawyer on separation of powers

Syed Iskandar Syed Jafaar Al Mahdzar says the Delegation of Powers Act 1956 allows the king to delegate the attorney-general's prosecutorial power to the public prosecutor.

Bersih: Don’t delay separation of powers between AG and public prosecutor

In its New Year message, the electoral watchdog says constitutional amendments can be done without the government needing to have two-thirds majority in Parliament as it will have the support of the opposition.

PAS, Umno back separation of powers for AG, public prosecutor

This comes after deputy minister Hanipa Maidin says the government does not have the two-thirds majority needed to amend the law.

Hanipa: Govt will move AG-public prosecutor power separation if opposition backs...

Deputy minister tells Dewan Rakyat that the Pakatan government does not have a two-third majority to separate the offices of the attorney-general and the public prosecutor.

Govt defers decision on civil servants’ involvement in politics

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the government is also deferring decision on the separation of powers of the attorney-general and the public prosecutor.

Saudi public prosecutor arrives in Istanbul

The Saudi public prosecutor heading the investigation into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi arrived in Istanbul ahead of expected talks with the Istanbul chief prosecutor.

Lawyer questions move to review Guan Eng’s acquittal

Salim Bashir says only the AG can appeal against High Court rulings in a criminal case.

Speed up institutional reforms, Bersih says after Guan Eng’s acquittal

The NGO says work to separate the office of the AG from the office of the public prosecutor and to make MACC independent should not be further delayed.

Lawyer: Conflict of interest if AG leads prosecution on Najib

N Sivananthan says it will breach PH's election manifesto if Tommy Thomas continues leading the prosecution team.

Vital for new AG to know criminal law, says ex-judge

Otherwise the government would be heading for legal disaster if it has to bring charges against those who broke the law in the previous government while the AG is also Public Prosecutor, says former judge Gopal Sri Ram.

Appoint AG now to supervise 1MDB probe, say lawyers

They say only the attorney-general can look into the investigation papers and apply the right laws to frame charges against the suspects.

Bar: Appoint separate persons as AG and PP

A situation of conflict of interest arises when AG, as legal adviser to government, has to prosecute politicians for criminal offences, says Bar president George Varughese.

Judges put prosecutor on spot in Surendran sedition case

Is prosecutor going against the will of Parliament since the charge is no longer an offence, says a judge.

I did not kill Kevin Morais, says accused

R Dinishwaran, 26, tells court that if he had committed the murder, he would not have surrendered to police when he saw his photo in the newspaper.

Anwar’s suit can’t stand as wrong party named, says govt lawyer

Anwar Ibrahim should have named the attorney-general, acting in his capacity as public prosecutor in criminal cases, and not the government, says Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud in Anwar’s suit alleging fraud by the government in convicting him of sodomy.

Lawyers: AG can appeal acquittal, inadequacy of sentence, but without bias

Two lawyers say in Bilqis Hijjas's case, the offence is not serious and the appeal can be seen as a witch hunt but another lawyer says one must remember that it involves the prime minister.

Drug Act: Judiciary still limited, says Malaysian Bar

Bar president George Varughese says sentencing should always remain within the domain of the judiciary.

MP: Convicted traffickers must be allowed review of death sentence

Any new amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act should be retrospective in nature and apply to all, says Ramkarpal Singh.

DAP submits 2 objections to Dangerous Drugs Act amendment

Let courts decide on drug convicts, without need for prosecution to issue certificate, says Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh.

Bar: Withhold amendment bill until judicial discretion restored

President George Varughese says the shift away from the mandatory death penalty, as provided in the bill to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act, should not be dependent on certification from the public prosecutor.