Court reform programmes: the Malaysian experience

  • Azahar bin Mohamed
Keywords: Malaysia, Courts, Access to justice, Alternative dispute resolution


In this paper Justice Azahar bin Mohamed (Federal Court Judge, Malaysia; Inns of Court Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies) gives a brief account of the experience in Malaysia of transforming the judicial landscape with the introduction of new measures to tackle a massive backlog of cases and unacceptable delay in the litigation process. The article focuses on the key initiatives aimed at strengthening judicial systems and procedures, including efforts to address court management systems, procedural rules, and jurisdictional limits of courts and implementation of alternative dispute resolution. Some of the accomplishments and the resulting outcomes of the reforms are highlighted, and the article concludes by setting some future directions which the court should take.


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