He said judges should take two weeks to write the draft, and another week or two, to rethink what they had written before making some adjustments to their judgment.
Syed Ahmad said judgments must be clear, adding that the importance of writing a judgment was for people who were affected by the judgment.
Syed Ahmad, who is also Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration director, was speaking at a media conference after the launch of his book, ‘Writing of Judgments: A Practical Guide for Courts and Tribunals’.
The book was launched by Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi at the Conference Hall in the Palace of Justice here.
In his speech, Zaki reminded judges that their judgments should be written in a concise, clear and succinct manner to make it easy for parties in a court case to understand the judge’s grounds of judgment, as well as for the appellate court to understand the rationale of their decision.
Meanwhile, Syed Ahmad said the book was intended to give judges, particularly the younger ones, guidance and equip them with knowledge and ability to write judgments.
On some judges who delayed writing judgments by between two and eight years, Syed Ahmad said the chief justice was concerned over the matter.
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2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.They would petition and sign and boycott or contact the UN or whatever legal world body to challenge the Asabiya form Bumiputra APARTHEID aka enforced Dhimmitude which is by proper application of Islam a munafiq practice to be denounced by Muslim lawyers as well.
Stalkers to be given ‘substantial’ jail sentences under new plans to protect victims – by Leon Watson – Last updated at 9:42 AM on 5th February 2012
A major inquiry will recommend that stalking should be made a specific criminal offence, it was reported today. MPs believe the problem has got so bad a new law is needed to protect victims from emotional and physical abuse. The all-party parliamentary group, following a six-month investigation, will say this week that stalkers should face substantial jail terms.
Lurking: Stalkers who harass their victims should face tougher sentencing, a report will claim
It comes before the result of a separate Home Office inquiry, which completes its consultation on how to protect stalking victims today.
Prime Minister David Cameron has already conceded that there is a gap in the current protection for stalking victims.
The Observer reported today that Home Office ministers Theresa May and Lynne Featherstone are also understood to be in favour of a change.
The parliamentary group on stalking heard evidence from lawyers, psychologists, academics and the parents of murdered stalking victims.
Chairman Elfyn Llwyd MP told The Observer: ‘We are very firmly of the view that there needs to be a change in the law.
‘We’ve looked at other countries, such as the way Scotland has done it, and they have a law which resulted in several hundred successful prosecutions in the first year.’
Tragedy: Tricia Bernal with her daughter Clare, who was shot by her stalker in 2005
British Crime Survey figures show there are an estimated 120,000 cases of stalking in the UK each year, 53,000 are recorded as crimes by police and only one in 50 of these leads to an offender being jailed.
A study released in December by the probation officers’ union Napo warned that just two per cent of suspected stalkers are being jailed.
It found that police, probation and court staff are continually failing victims, some of whom have suffered 20 years’ harassment at the hands of their stalker.
High-profile cases include that of Clare Bernal, shot dead by her stalker in 2005 as she worked at the Harvey Nichols department store in London.
Jailed: Stalker Shane Webber arrives at Southampton Magistrate’s Court today
Stalked: Ruth Jeffery was targeted by her ex-boyfriend over a period of three years
Stalker and his prey: Shane Webber, left, was jailed at Southampton Magistrates’ Court for his campaign against ex-girlfriend Ruth Jeffery, right
Ultimate betrayal: Shane Webber’s online harassment made girlfriend Ruth Jeffery so ill she was prescribed anti-depressants and aborted their unborn child
Former store security guard Michael Pech, 30 was on bail awaiting sentence for harassment of his former girlfirend when he murdered her.
The Czech-born immigrant then killed himself.
In October, a man who stalked his girlfriend online for years without her knowing it was jailed for four months. He had admitted causing harassment. Ruth Jeffery, 22, said Shane Webber had ‘wrecked the past three-and-a-half years of my life’.
The actions of the unemployed 22-year-old, from Nottingham, ‘made me feel sick and so stressed because it was happening every single day’, she said.
Researchers recently found that two-thirds of victims said the police and prosecutors did not take their complaints sufficiently seriously.
Laura Richards, of the charity Protection Against Stalking, said: ‘We know first hand that, for too long, victims have suffered in silence or at the hands of the criminal justice system.
‘The inquiry has now given them a voice.’
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According to Ken Clarke substantial will be three weeks.
– Stantheman 133, Vera Spain, 05/2/2012 14:32
Stalkers to be given longer jail terms? Thats me busted…..
– Ryan, Ireland, 05/2/2012 14:30
Oh, well, time to let Anne Widdecombe alone then 🙂
– Marko, Birmingham, 05/2/2012 14:08
“The parliamentary group on stalking heard evidence from lawyers, psychologists, academics……” The stalking industry again making money and political gain from the expansion of the abuse industry. The appalling disregard for justice that resuts is likely to lead to many cases of increased violence rather than less, murders are rare and may not have happened at all were it not for the stalking propaganda in the first place. There are already more than enough laws including the draconian harassment act, where unwanted conversation absent any threat and regardless of motive or context can lead to 5 years in prison. Vindictive malicious accusations will abound yet they wont lock up the thousands of female so called stalkers. If looking up someone on google can lead to a prison sentence under new laws then evil really has taken hold of the justice system and we have become worse than third world despot countries.
– truthforthepublic, uk, 05/2/2012 14:08
“‘substantial’ jail sentences” What exactly does that mean though? sentences for serious crimes are a complete joke in this country and even if they are given a long sentence it doesn’t mean they actually serve it. A friend of a friend got sentenced to 18months for something serious she served just 4 and half months in prison so the judge wanting to make an “example of her” was a complete waste of breath. Serving a quarter in prison and a quarter on tag makes the sentence laughable.
– Mea, Here, 05/2/2012 12:52
I hope you will understand that it is women as well as men who can bestalkers. I was stalked by a woman until I got a restraining order. She threatened two of my women friends too. Not pleasant, whoever you are.
– Alistair Hillier Manser, Sandbanks UK, 05/2/2012 12:37
Why does it take enquiry after enquiry? It’s called common sense which obviously no one in Parliament has. What type of idiots are running this country? Jail stalkers for 10yrs minimum, depending on the circumstances, end of story.
– Iacapa, Lurgan N.Ireland and UKIP, 05/2/2012 12:16
Going on the usual farcial sentencing by our learned judges substantial jail terms will be measured in hours rather than years for these criminals.
– rwb, Ayrshire, 05/2/2012 11:40
Making stalking a criminal offence should have been done years ago. A friend of mine was stalked by an ex-boyfriend who was trying to threaten her into going back to him. It went on for years. The police would only do something when he put bricks through the family’s windows and smashed up their cars, for which he only received a short sentence and then was straight back carrying on stalking as before. My friend ended up having to move abroad just to get away from him. He carried on harassing her parents for a while, but eventually gave up. It was really frightening for both her and her parents and yet the police said they could not stop him.
– Sue, Cheshire, 05/2/2012 11:25
About time too. We should be protecting the victims of such crimes and closing the loopholes their tormentors are exploiting. No-one should live in fear.
– busy as ever, worcestershire, 05/2/2012 11:24
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Don’t enrich the prison contractors. Use an electronic anklet and warning tracer for the victim. Anytime the item registers stalking, the police are alerted and the stalker will be required to relocate at cost to themselves at least a few 10s of kms away everytime they stalk as well as make a public apology in the local paper at cost to themselves? These are mentally ill people and fines or incarceration doesn’t change anything, the above relocations should however help the victims tremendously. Who wants to move house everytime they stalk people (effectively they are trying to displace well being so equitably the same type of punishment being meted would be mor meaningful) who have dropped them from their list of normal people that can be mixed with? Try another one for sickos who follow about the internet thinking they’re so cool when all they are is so SICK. Bar the creeps from using internet or remove their mobile handphone rights for an increasing period of time everytime they electronically stalk!
Former RAF sergeant, 60, revealed as transsexual named Foxy Roxy is jailed for offering kinky sex with boy – by Daily Mail Reporter – Last updated at 9:06 AM on 8th February 2012
A transsexual former RAF sergeant has been jailed for eight months after he was discovered offering sex services with a 15-year-old boy.
Martin Shaxted, 60, who used the name Foxy Roxy, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday to admit a charge of keeping a brothel and three counts of making and showing 32 indecent images.
The court heard that police officers had raided his home in Cliftonville, Kent, in December 2010 and discovered the boy.
Jailed: Martin Shaxted has been locked up for eight months after admitting keeping a brothel and three charges of making and showing indecent images
But the prosecution accepted that Shaxted believed the boy was 19, rather than his real age of 15 after he confessed to police.
The youngster also admitted smoking cannabis and taking ‘legal highs and poppers’ and engaging in sex.
Police who raided the home also found child abuse pictures on Shaxted’s computer and took away objects including sex toys.
During the hearing Oliver Saxby, prosecuting, told how Shaxted had advertised his services online
Military past: Shaxted, who used the alias Foxy Roxy, served in the RAF for 23 years
He admitted meeting the youngster at a bar but denied encouraging him to take part in sex with other men.
Diaries revealed his services had earned him annual totals of £5,620 in 2008, £5,180 during 2009 and £5,955 in 2010.
The court heard Shaxted was a former RAF sergeant but no details were given of his military records, apart from the fact he served for 23 years.
John O’Higgins, defending Shaxted, said: ‘He became associated with a person who masqueraded as a much older person.
‘He took up escort work five years ago. But he did not entice this young man into providing the services.
‘He is not in the best of health and is now a recluse and is very embarrassed.’
Judge Adele Williams rejected a call from the defence to suspend the sentence because ‘of the kind of experiences he could expect in prison’.
Judge Williams then sentenced him for eight months after telling him: ‘The mischief here is this, that even though you believed him to be 19, he was in fact 15 at the time.
‘You are 60 years old. You allowed a very young man to be providing these services. But I accept you did not exploit him’
Shaxted was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register.
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Whats so illegal about a brothel per se? Brothels offer sex workers safety in numbers and create a sense of community, a communicative atmosphere and camaraderie. What is so offensive? Whats so illegal about making and showing indecent images especially to persons obviously matured enough ‘appreciate’ the images? Some people subsist on a diet of porn, others exist off making porn. What’s criminal here?
The judgment on the teen is good, but the sentence of 8 mths is meaningless, which taxpayers want to pay for that jail stint? Porn is everywhere (actually it’s just art in nature of people unclothed in general . . . ), enjoyed by not everyone but a democratic and human right for those who do enjoy porn. Finally brothels in spirit are harmless! This judge is wasting taxpayer funds and colluding with prison contractors.