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High Court In Taiping Will Remain

High Courts In Taiping, Muar And Temerloh Will Remain - Chief Justice

 KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- The High Courts in Taiping, Perak, Muar (Johor) and Temerloh (Pahang) will remain, said Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria.

 However, he said the judiciary would decide whether the judges should be placed permanently at those courts or serve on visiting basis.

 Ariffin was commenting on reports that the Taiping, Muar and Temerloh High Courts may be closed soon following amendments to the Subordinate Courts Act.

 He was speaking to reporters after launching a book entitled "Malaysian Rules of Court", here today.
 Under the amendments, magistrates will have jurisdiction to hear claims of up to RM100,000. Currently, the amount is limited to RM25,000.

 In the case of Sessions Court judges, the amendments empower them to preside over civil claims of up to RM1 million. At present, their jurisdiction is limited to RM250,000 and below.
 This means many civil matters currently heard in the High Court will be transferred to the Sessions Court.

 In his speech, Ariffin said since Aug 1 (this year), there was only one set of rules applicable for filing of civil cases in the Subordinate courts and the High Courts nationwide.
 "Prior to that, the rules of procedures for Subordinate Courts and the High Courts were the Subordinate Courts Rules 1980 and the Rules of High Court 1190 respectively.

 "In the interest of justice and efficiency to the 'rakyat' (people), these two sets of rules have now been merged into a single set of rules and the new rules are now known as the Rules of Courts 2012.
 "The Rules of Courts apply to both the Subordinate Courts and the High Courts. It is pertinent to mention that in the course of the merger, some of the existing rules have also undergone significant changes," he said.

 The book is in collaboration between LexisNexis and the Malaysian Bar and is now available at the price of RM395 a copy.
 Also present were President of the Court of Appeal Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, President of Malaysian Bar Lim Chee Wee and Managing Director of LexisNexis Malaysia Bart Sjoerdsma (rpt:Sjoerdsma).