15 Jan '12, 3am

Five judges to sit on Federal Court panel to hear appeals: ©The Star (Used by permission) PUTRAJAYA: Chief Just...

PUTRAJAYA: Chief Justice Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria has announced that effective this month, all criminal and civil appeals in the Federal Court would be heard by a five-man quorum. He said the changes on the number of judges sitting on the panel to hear the appeals were aimed at improving the quality of judgments and decisions. The chief justice made the announcement in his speech at the Opening of the Legal Year 2012 held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) here Saturday. Arifin said, effective March this year, leave to appeal applications would also be heard by the Federal Court's five-member panel, instead of the usual three-man panel. However, it was left to the court's discretion whether to constitute a five-man panel or nine-man panel to hear selective appeals, particularly when involving complex constitutional issues. About 700 guests comprising law...

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