Too few qualified syarie lawyers have applied to practise in the syariah courts, the Chief Syar’ie Judge Yahya Ibrahim said.
From 2003 to this year, 103 have qualified and registered as syarie lawyers, but only 16 of them have applied to practise in syariah courts, said Judge Yahya Ibrahim.
These 16 are from 11 law firms, he said.
This is an “unsatisfactory” number, he said, noting that with the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013, syarie lawyers play an important role in assisting the courts in upholding justice.
“If there is an increase in the number (of practising syarie lawyers in syariah courts), the cases will be able to run smoothly.”
The number of syarie lawyers in syariah courts must at least be half of those registered, he said in an opening speech prior to presenting official certificates to 26 lawyers who completed the qualification process for syarie lawyers.
The lawyers have been endorsed by the syariah lawyers committee and approved by the chief judge to be admitted as part of Section 13 of Chapter 184 of the Syariah Courts Act.
In his speech, Judge Yahya also called for the court’s management and research section to conduct research on why syarie lawyer is not a preferred profession for one’s professional career.
“This, in my opinion, is one thing that should be made by the judicial management studies and research division in administrative court of appeal syariah; why the profession as syarie lawyers is not preferred to term employment as professional-class job,” he said.
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