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
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
"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