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CJ And A-G Slam Lawyers Who Unfairly Criticise Judges On Social Media

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PUTRAJAYA – The Chief Justice and the Attorney-General have jointly condemned a “handful of lawyers” who criticised the judiciary via the social media.

Tun Arifin Zakaria said it was disheartening to note that the lawyers had repeatedly made use of the media and public forums to make unjustified criticisms against the judiciary and on court decisions.

“As members of the Malaysian Bar, they are obliged to act with candour, courtesy and fairness.

“Any attack on the judiciary which undermines the confidence of the public in this institution amounts to an attack on the administration of justice,” the Chief Justice said in his speech at the opening of Legal Year 2015 here yesterday.

Arifin said in his view, no lawyer deserved his scholarship if he continually contaminated the system with intemperate behaviour.

“The dignity and honour of the legal profession is determined by the way lawyers uphold the rule of law, due process and respect for the judiciary,” he noted.

In elaborating on the matter in his speech, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail cited a comment published in an online media that read:

“Malaysian judges have failed to recognise that the Federal Constitution is the Supreme Law of the land and this is the reason public law litigation is dead in this country.”

Abdul Gani said the lawyer quoted should have made an “honest criticism” and not in that manner.

“Criticism made against the judiciary must be made in a proper place and in a proper manner,” he added.

More than 500 people comprising the Malaysian Bar, Attorney-General’s Chambers and the judiciary attended the half-day event.

On the date of the Federal Court’s decision in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy appeal, Arifin said the apex court would issue a notice to the prosecution and defence soon. — Bernama

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