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The establishment of the Judicial Appointments Commission in Malaysia to improve the constitutional method of appointing the judges of the superior courts : a critical study

Bari, M. Ershadul, Bari, M. Ehteshamul and Naz, Safia 2015, The establishment of the Judicial Appointments Commission in Malaysia to improve the constitutional method of appointing the judges of the superior courts : a critical study, Commonwealth law bulletin, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 231-525, doi: 10.1080/03050718.2015.1049634.

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Title The establishment of the Judicial Appointments Commission in Malaysia to improve the constitutional method of appointing the judges of the superior courts : a critical study
Author(s) Bari, M. Ershadul
Bari, M. EhteshamulORCID iD for Bari, M. Ehteshamul orcid.org/0000-0001-8347-6992
Naz, Safia
Journal name Commonwealth law bulletin
Volume number 41
Issue number 2
Start page 231
End page 525
Total pages 295
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0305-0718
1750-5976
Summary The Judicial Appointments Commission was established in Malaysia in 2009 to ensure unbiased selection of judicial candidates for the consideration of the Prime Minister, who has the final say regarding the appointment of judges to the superior courts. But the provisions concerning Prime Minister’s power to appoint the majority of the members of the Commission and his unfettered power of removing four of the five appointed members without assigning any reason, have calculatedly been devised for ensuring the selection of judicial candidates having right political patronage in accordance with the covert wishes of the Prime Minister. Furthermore, the Prime Minister’s power of rejecting the Commission’s recommendations of multiple candidates renders the undertaking of a lengthy process of selection unproductive and useless. Thus the Judicial Appointments Commission has become a superfluous body with an ineffective modus operandi to attain the stipulated objectives of improving and complementing the constitutional method of appointing judges to the superior courts. Since the Federal Constitution of Malaysia has not empowered the Parliament to enact a law providing for the establishment of a Judicial Appointments Commission, it also appears that the Judicial Appointments Commission Act 2009 is an invalid piece of legislation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03050718.2015.1049634
Field of Research 180108 Constitutional Law
Socio Economic Objective 940405 Law Reform
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Commonwealth Secretariat
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079503

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Collection: Faculty of Business and Law
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