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Appoint lawyers as contract judges to clear backlog, Bar urges
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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar is proposing that experienced lawyers be appointed temporarily to help the judiciary dispose of the backlog of criminal and civil cases caused by Covid-19 and the movement restrictions.

Its chairman Salim Bashir said these lawyers could return to practice after completing their task.

“The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) can employ private lawyers to help clear cases, just like judicial commissioners (JCs) did in the early 1970s,” he said.

Salim said this was an option the JAC could consider to assist the bench dispose of cases filed in the High Court and also clear appeals from the magistrates’ and sessions courts.

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