Minister: Government plans to reform criminal justice system, introduce pre-sentence procedure, Sentencing Council

Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the government is considering reforming the country’s criminal justice system, which includes introducing several mechanisms, such as a pre-sentence procedure. ― Photo from Bernama file

By Yiswaree Palansamy

Friday, June 10, 2022 2:13 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 – The government is planning to reform the country’s criminal justice system, which includes introducing several mechanisms, such as a pre-sentence procedure, de facto Justice Minister Datuk Seri has said. Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

In a statement today, in which he also announced the government’s decision to abolish the mandatory death penalty and substitute the sentence at the discretion of the court, Wan Junaidi said that Putrajaya would also consider forming a Council sentencing, a sentencing guideline, a Law Commission, introducing prison reforms and implementing sentences based on the concept of restorative justice.

“The decision on this matter shows the government’s priority to ensure that the rights of all parties are protected and guaranteed, reflecting the transparency of the country’s leadership in improving the country’s dynamic criminal justice system.

“The government also expresses its highest appreciation for the commitment made by the Special Committee on Alternatives to the Mandatory Death Penalty in producing this research report which is the basis for more systematic and effective change in the country’s criminal justice system,” added Wan Junaidi. .

He also confirmed that Cabinet had agreed to further review and study of the proposed alternative sentence for 11 offenses carrying the mandatory death penalty, an offense under Section 39B of the 1952 on dangerous drugs. [Act 234] 2 and 22 other offenses punishable by death but at the discretion of the court.

This additional study will be conducted in collaboration with the Legal Affairs Division of the Office of the Attorney General (AGC), the Prime Minister and other interested ministries and departments.