CLJ Bulletin, Vol 2004, Issue 42
22 October  2004

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New This Week -   CLJ October (Part 3) 2004

COURT

FEDERAL COURT

Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim v. PP
(Criminal procedure - Judgment - Direction by Chief Justice as to who should write judgments - Whether impinging on judicial independence - Jurisdiction of Federal Court - Whether could reopen or review its own decision) [2004] 4 CLJ 157

Malaysian Bar v. Dato’ Kanagalingam Veluppillai
(Legal Profession - Professional discipline - Right to appeal - Appeal to High Court from decision of disciplinary board) [2004] 4 CLJ 194

Westcourt Corporation Sdn Bhd lwn. Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah
(Pentafsiran statut - Kesan kebelakangan - Akta Pindaan) [2004] 4 CLJ 203

COURT OF APPEAL

Foo Lian Sin & Anor v. Ng Chun Lin & Anor
(Sale of land - Conveyancing - Mutual mistake - Description of land as per qualified title) [2004] 4 CLJ 220

SUBJECT INDEX

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Courts - Jurisdiction of Federal Court - Whether can reopen or review its own decision - Rule 137, Rules of Federal Court 1995 - Whether ultra vires and unconstitutional - Federal Constitution arts. 121(2)(c), 124(2), 128, 130, 160 - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, ss. 16, 17, 94(2)
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim v. PP
(Abdul Malek Ahmad PCA, Siti Norma Yaakob & Alauddin Mohd Sheriff FCJJ)  [2004] 4 CLJ 157 [FC]

CONTRACT

Sale and purchase of land - Agreement for sale of land and building erected thereon - Vendor disposing of two shophouses to two different purchasers - Both purchasers claiming to have purchased the same shophouse - Whether there was a mutual mistake - Description of land as per qualified title, sale and purchase agreement, and charge and schedule to annexture - Whether prevails over shophouse number assigned by local authority - Whether there was a collateral contract as between both purchasers - Whether issue/register document of title should have been rectified under s. 30 of the Specific Relief Act 1950
Foo Lian Sin & Anor v. Ng Chun Lin & Anor
(Abdul Hamid Mohamad, KC Vohrah & Mohd Noor Ahmad JJCA) [2004] 4 CLJ 220 [CA]

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

Judgment - Grounds of judgment - Judgment of Federal Court - Mode of delivery - Written judgments on separate issues by only two members of three-member panel - Whether proper - Direction by Chief Justice as to who should write judgments - Whether impinging on judicial independence of individual judges - Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance No. 22 of 1970 s. 2 - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 94(2), proviso thereof - Federal Constitution, art. 124(2)
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim v. PP
(Abdul Malek Ahmad PCA, Siti Norma Yaakob & Alauddin Mohd Sheriff FCJJ)  [2004] 4 CLJ 157 [FC]

Jurisdiction of court - Federal Court - Inherent powers - Whether can reopen or review its own decision - Rule 137, Rules of Federal Court 1995 - Powers of Federal Court to hear applications - Whether intra vires - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, ss. 16, 17, 94(2) - Federal Constitution, arts. 121(2)(c), 124(2), 128, 130, 160
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim v. PP
(Abdul Malek Ahmad PCA, Siti Norma Yaakob & Alauddin Mohd Sheriff FCJJ)  [2004] 4 CLJ 157 [FC]

LAND LAW

Sale of land - Conveyancing - Vendor disposing of two shophouses to two different purchasers - Both purchasers claiming to have purchased the same shophouse - Whether there was a mutual mistake - Description of land as per qualified title, sale and purchase agreement, and charge and schedule to annexture - Whether prevails over shophouse number assigned by local authority - Whether there was a collateral contract as between both purchasers - Whether issue/register document of title should have been rectified under s. 30 of the Specific Relief Act 1950
Foo Lian Sin & Anor v. Ng Chun Lin & Anor
(Abdul Hamid Mohamad, KC Vohrah & Mohd Noor Ahmad JJCA) [2004] 4 CLJ 220 [CA]

LEGAL PROFESSION

Professional discipline - Disciplinary board - Members and quorum - Disqualification of President of Malaysian Bar as member of board when Malaysian Bar is the complainant - Whether President present at board meeting - Whether presence may be presumed if board refuses to disclose names of members who attended meeting - Whether composition of board lawful if President presumed to be present - Whether rules of natural justice eschewed - Whether decision of board to appoint investigating tribunal void ab initio - Legal Profession Act 1976, s. 93(3) - Legal Profession (Disciplinary Board) (Procedure) Rules 1994, r. 4(1) - Evidence Act 1950, s. 114(g)
Malaysian Bar v. Dato’ Kanagalingam Veluppillai
(PS Gill, Rahmah Hussain FCJJ & Hashim Yusoff JCA) [2004] 4 CLJ 194 [FC]

Professional discipline - Right to appeal - Appeal to High Court from decision of disciplinary board - Decision of disciplinary board to appoint investigating tribunal - Not a final decision on the merits of complaint against advocate and solicitor - Whether decision appealable - Whether only final decision appealable - Whether ‘any decision’ is appealable - Legal Profession Act 1976, s. 103E(1) - Whether plain and unambiguous - Whether must be interpreted literally
Malaysian Bar v. Dato’ Kanagalingam Veluppillai
(PS Gill, Rahmah Hussain FCJJ & Hashim Yusoff JCA) [2004] 4 CLJ 194 [FC]

STATUTORY INTERPRETATION

Construction of statutes - Literal approach - Whether must be applied strictly if words of statute are plain and unambiguous - Purposive approach - When may be used - Whether only when application of literal rule leads to uncertainty - Legal Profession Act 1976, s. 103E(1) - Whether must be construed literally - Whether amenable to purposive interpretation
Malaysian Bar v. Dato’ Kanagalingam Veluppillai
(PS Gill, Rahmah Hussain FCJJ & Hashim Yusoff JCA) [2004] 4 CLJ 194 [FC]

Subordinate legislation - Validity - Rules of Federal Court 1995 - Whether a subsidiary legislation - Whether having legislative effect - Whether constitutional - Federal Constitution art. 121(2)(c) - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, ss. 16, 17 - Rules of Federal Court 1995, r. 137
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim v. PP
(Abdul Malek Ahmad PCA, Siti Norma Yaakob & Alauddin Mohd
Sheriff FCJJ)  [2004] 4 CLJ 157 [FC]

INDEKS PERKARA

PENTAFSIRAN STATUT

Kesan kebelakangan - Akta Pindaan - Sama ada statut berkaitan prosedur - Sama ada menyentuh hak-hak substantif - Sama ada beroperasi secara kebelakangan - Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah - Bidang kuasa - Sama ada boleh mendengar tuntutan yang berbangkit dari kemungkiran kontrak yang berlaku sebelum tarikh kuatkuasanya - Tarikh perjanjian - Sama ada tidak material kepada bidang kuasa Tribunal - Akta Pemaju Perumahan (Kawalan dan Pelesenan) (Pindaan) 2002 ss. 16AD, 16M, 16N, 16N(2) & (3), 16O(1)32(2) - Perlembagaan Persekutuan fasal 7
Westcourt Corporation Sdn Bhd lwn. Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah
(Ahmad Fairuz KHN, Pajan Singh Gill HMP & Augustine Paul HMR) [2004] 4 CLJ 203 [FC]

PROSEDUR SIVIL

Bidang Kuasa - Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah - Objek penubuhan - Berkuatkuasa pada 1 Disember 2002 - Sama ada berbidang kuasa mendengar tuntutan yang berbangkit dari kemungkiran kontrak yang berlaku sebelum 1 Disember 2002 - Akta Pemaju Perumahan (Kawalan dan Pelesenan) (Pindaan) 2002, ss. 16AD, 16M, 16N, 16N(2) & (3), 16O(1), 32(2) - Perlembagaan Persekutuan fasal 7
Westcourt Corporation Sdn Bhd lwn. Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah
(Ahmad Fairuz KHN, Pajan Singh Gill HMP & Augustine Paul HMR) [2004] 4 CLJ 203 [FC]

 

CASE OF THE WEEK

NAN AK TUN v. JOHN AHWANG AK PANGGAU

Restoration of action - Absence of counsel - Adjournment


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