Mahkamah Persekutuan : How's its day starts.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mahkamah Persekutuan of Malaysia, situated in Istana Kehakiman at Putrajaya, is the apex court of the Malaysian. It has original jurisdiction in regards to determining validity of laws, enacted by the Federal Legislative Body or State Legislative body, and also to hear cases where the dispute is between states in Malaysia or between state and the federal government. It only hear appeal in cases arises from the High Court exercising it original jurisdiction. It also has advisory jurisdiction, in event the Yang Dipertuan Agong refers to the Federal Court for its opinion any question as to the effect of any provision of this Constitution.

The administration of the Registry of the Federal Court is headed by the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court. At most time, the duty of the Chief is exercised by the most senior Deputy Registrar of The Federal Court (in fact the most senior Deputy Registrar in the country, the one called Deputy Registrar 1).this Deputy is assisted by several junior deputies and senior asisstants.

Before the judges descend from their chambers to the ante room (a room adjacent to the Court room), the interpreter and the registrar will manage the attendance of counsel, ensure that the ante room is in order, the records of the judges are in order. Once all of the judges are in the ante room, the registrar will have an audience with the judges, reporting about the the status of cases of the day.

The court will start in a grand manner. Unlike the subordinate court, the majestic entrance of the judges demonstrate that the court is an apex court of the land. Sounds of buzzer will be heard, proceeded with the sound of stomp like, caused by an orderly (the personal assisstant of the judges, dressed in white), who will usher their individual judges to their rightful seat. On the 1st day of the week, the judges will be preceded by a mace bearer. While the judges ascend to the bench, the interpreter will recite the cry (similar to oyez oyez oyez in American Courts of Law):
"Kepada semua yang berkenaan dengan persidangan Mahkamah Persekutuan, sila tampil ke hadapan dan beri perhatian".
Then the Registrar will seek leave of their Lordships and Ladyship before calling the first case of the day for their Lordship and Ladyship to hear...And that's how Mahkamah Persekutuan starts its day.

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