Don: Syariah courts' jurisdiction still limited by constitution

comments     Zikri Kamarulzaman     Published     Updated

Civil and syariah court judges have seemingly forgotten that the latter's jurisdiction is limited by the Federal Constitution, a law expert said.

Professor Shad Saleem Faruqi of Universiti Malaya, said this has made syariah courts behave as though they are immune from civil courts.

Shad highlighted how Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution states that syariah courts are not subject to civil courts only "of any matter within the jurisdiction of the syariah courts".

"But very conveniently many syariah court judges and civil judges have forgotten the word 'in matters within their jurisdiction'...

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