Friday, 7 September 2007

The Rot in Our Judiciary: Magistrates and Sessions Court Judges Have NOT Submitted Written Judgements for Last EIGHT YEARS

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"I am looking into the matter to see what type of action can be taken"
-Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim
Related article: The Judge Who Did NOT Deliver Written Judgment in 35 Cases and HERE

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"...More than 1,000 convicted prisoners in jail cannot appeal against their sentences.

All because the (concerned) Sessions Court judges and magistrates have not submitted written judgments over the past two to eight years. Legal sources said the cases included offences such as rape and armed robbery.

As a result, the the High Court being unable to hear appeals in the cases.

Similarly, judges in the High Court and Court of Appeal have also not provided judgments in at least 100 cases that carried the death penalty.

Some of the prisoners convicted by the trial judges are languishing on Death Row.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketChief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, when told of the matter,said, "I am looking into the matter to see what type of action can be taken."

Ahmad Fairuz declined to comment on the issue of nine prisoners on Death Row who had filed action in the Court of Appeal to either set them free or substitute their death penalties with a prison term because the trial judges did not write judgments.

Karpal Singh named Federal Court judge Datuk Hashim Yusoff in the Dewan Rakyat as the judge who had not written judgments in over 30 cases. (read here)

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