Malaysia’s Courts “Going Green” as Judges Focus on Environmental Crimes November 2012

ARREST-Newsletter_02_Oct-Dec-2012_final-19ASEAN-WEN-LogoFifty senior Malaysian judges and judicial officials from the federal and state courts, and instructors from Indonesia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) participated in a three-day national seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to discuss environmental and biodiversity protection and implementation of recently created “Green Courts” by the Federal Court of Malaysia. The first of its kind, the seminar featured discussion on sentencing of environmental cases, environmental laws and tools to render effective rulings. Such cases will now be assigned to dedicated “green courts” nationwide, a concept first established in September 2012 under the patronage of the Chief Justice of the Federal Court. The seminar was supported by the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and ARREST. ARREST provided support for the participation of Indonesian Government representatives/lecturers from the Supreme Court and the Office of the Attorney General to provide best practices in the development and management of “green benches” including environmental cases prosecution and sentencing.

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