Sunday, May 25, 2008

Syariah court must keep pace - The Star

IPOH: May 25, 2008

Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah has advised the state Syariah administration to keep abreast of current efforts to reform the country’s judicial system.

He said this was to ensure that the integrity of the system was enhanced and stood strong as a body respected by all.

“Many steps are being taken now to reinforce the country’s judicial system so that it remains free and independent.

“This is especially important as it is the very basic foundation of the doctrine of separation of powers between the legislative, the judiciary and the executive bodies,” he said in his speech during the launch of the RM33.4mil Perak Syariah Court yesterday.

Better facilities: Sultan Azlan Shah checking out the judge’s stand in a courtroom after the launch of the court in Ipoh yesterday. With him is Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

He added that the Syariah Court was an institution responsible for fulfilling its duties to manage the implementation of justice in the country.

“The construction of this court has achieved its physical needs in terms of hardware.

“Now, the most important thing is the software component. This comprises the judges and all of the court’s staff.

“These are the people who are blessed with the responsibility of bringing the very meaning of justice to this building,” he said.

Sultan Azlan Shah added that the Syariah Court needed to be able to carry out justice in an efficient and objective manner.

“All judgments made must be based on facts and valid data that has no doubt. Each judgment must be documented in writing so that it can be used as reference later,” he said.

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