PUTRAJAYA: The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has submitted names of possible candidates to fill vacancies, including for the position of chief justice, to Putrajaya.
Out-going Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria said the JAC had identified and approved the names recently.
“So it is a matter of time. Of course, I cannot announce who is going to take over from me as it will be a breach of secrecy,” Arifin told reporters after the opening of the 2017 Judicial Year here today.
Arifin, who is also the JAC chairman, said the body had suggested names for “necessary positions”.
Under the Federal Constitution, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong appoints judges and those for administrative positions on the advice of the prime minister after consulting the Conference of Rulers.
The top judge will retire on March 31, after serving the bench for an additional six months.
Court of Appeal president Raus Sharif will retire in August and Chief Judge of Malaya Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin in September after having obtained similar extensions.
Last September, Arifin said he would use the extended six-month period to work out a succession plan.
The JAC only interviews and vets candidates for judicial appointments and elevation but its recommendations are not binding on the authorities. -FMT