Thursday, January 3, 2008


JPs being shortlisted to be Second Class Magistrate
KOTA KINABALU: The courts are in the process of shortlisting justices of Peace (JPs) to become Second Class Magistrate to help out in handling small cases.
Sessions Court judge Duncan Sikodol disclosed this after attending the swearing-in ceremony of 12 JPs before Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum at the latter's chambers yesterday morning.
"We are now in the process of shortlisting those JPs to become the Second Class Magistrate to help out Magistrates to handle small cases such as summonses by Kota Kinabalu City Hall, traffic cases and other small cases," Duncan said.
"These JPs can also handle remand cases when a District Officer (DO) or Assistant District Officer (ADO) is not available.
"There will be no need for cases in Sipitang or Kuala Penyu to be brought to Beaufort to obtain a remand order during the absence of the DO or the ADO as they can get the remand Duncan added when cases from Sipitang are brought to Beaufort to get the remand order, it is troublesome as the suspects may escape.
"If possible the JPs are spread out not only in Kota Kinabalu area but also in rural areas as it is very useful," Duncan said.
The 12 JPs sworn in were Tan Sri Datuk Robert Phang Miow Sin, Papar Member of Parliament Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, Datuk Voo Min @ Voo Thien Fui, Haji Adenan
h Mohd Yussuf,.Daniel b Kinsik, David Tiongin Lumbok, Penampang Member of Parliament Donald Peter Mojuntin, Gordon Leong Vui Cheung, Jimmy Wong Chee Kiong, Dr Hj Mohd Ariff b Hassan, Peter Govind @ Tuan Haji Mohd Farid Abdullah and Linton Paul.