Lawyers with ti­tles don’t af­fect judges, says Arifin

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PU­TRA­JAYA: Chief Jus­tice Tun Arifin Zakaria yes­ter­day said hon­orary ti­tles such as “Datuk”, “Datuk Seri” or “Tan Sri” held by lawyers would not af­fect judges who presided over cases han­dled by such lawyers.

He said lawyers were usu­ally re­ferred to as coun­sels in court and by do­ing so, ev­ery­body would ap­pear to be the same.

“But I can as­sure you that Tan Sri and Datuk who come be­fore us do not af­fect us at all. It is the ar­gu­ments that mat­ter,” he said in a spe­cial in­ter­view held in con­junc­tion with his up­com­ing re­tire­ment.

Arifin is sched­uled to clock out on Fri­day.

He said judges, who were con­ferred with ti­tles, would nor­mally in­form the Chief Jus­tice “out of courtesy” and to en­sure he would not be caught off guard by read­ing about it in the news­pa­pers the next day.

“When I was of­fered a ti­tle, I will re­fer to my CJ (chief jus­tice). When a ruler con­ferred a ti­tle, I think it is an hon­our,” Arifin said, adding that dur­ing his ten­ure as chief jus­tice, he had never ob­jected against judges re­ceiv­ing hon­orary ti­tles.

Speak­ing about his last few days be­fore re­tir­ing, Arifin said he was glad that he had left a mark in the ju­di­ciary in en­cour­ag­ing judges to write and cre­ate a cul­ture of love for writ­ing and read­ing.

“When I started as a CJ in 2011, I did ev­ery­thing that should be done within my ten­ure and I think I have done what­ever that should be done within my power dur­ing five years as CJ.

“I am happy that I have left a mark in terms of en­cour­ag­ing judges to write. We have our own jour­nals now and our own an­nual re­port where judges and ex­judges are in­vited to write.

“I want to cre­ate a cul­ture of love for writ­ing and read­ing be­cause as judges we have to read, that is why we are al­ways be­ing re­ferred to as learned judge, learned coun­sel.

“Learned means that you are read­ing.

“It is a con­tin­u­ous ed­u­ca­tion for judges and lawyers.”

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