Malaysia ignores Bar on judicial appointments

The Judicial Appointments Commission in Malaysia appears to have appointed seven new judges without consulting the Bar Council.

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Although there is no legal requirement to consult, the practice of consultation has grown up in recent years. The new appointments are to the Federal Court and the Court of Appeal. Former Chairman of the  Bar Council Lim Chee Wee  told The Star: 'The Bar should always be consulted on appointments and promotions because we are the users of the courts and would know who are the good and bad judges. The Bar, Judiciary and AG [Attorney General] share a common goal of a world class legal system.'

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