Writing Of Judgments : A Practical Guide For Courts And Tribunals

RM80.00 Publisher: LexisNexis
Format: Soft Cover, Book
ISBN: 9789674000127


Foreword by The Right Honourable Tun Dato' Seri Zaki bin Tun Azmi,
Chief Justice Of The Federal Court,Malaysia
1 January 2011
While judgment writing is individualistic, this book I hope would help judges and other judicial decision makers to write their short simple clear direct to the point without being verbose and difficult to understand. I also hope this Book can help readers to fine-tune their decision-writing capability. Lastly, I commend the writer and his team, IIUM and LexisNexis for having published the Book. I am sure it will lead to improved quality of grounds of judgment in the ASEAN region.

Foreword by The Right Honourable the Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong, Chief Justice of Singapore
18 April 2010
This book provides a useful discussion on the techniques of judgment writing. It provides helpful suggestions on how to structure a judgment for clarity of exposition which should be particularly useful to new judges. Without a basic structure, a judgment may, for one, look disorganised and untidy and, as a result, give the appearance of it having been rushed for whatever reason. Amongst other things, this book also carefully expounds on the rationale for ensuring that judgments are well-crafted, and, in addition, provides useful comparative commentary. Through works like this book, judges may be inspired to improve or enhance a daily chore, which, in truth, is one of the most important judicial tasks that they have to discharge.

Foreword by H.E. Judge Kenneth Keith, International Court of Justice (2006) Judge of the New Zealand Court of Appeal and Supreme Court (1996-2006)
A Patron of Clarity
It is in that broader context that the present book is to be seen. It brings together important ideas and experiences about how judges are to go about their central role of stating the reasons for the judgments they give on the rights and duties of those who appear before them. Dato' Syed Ahmed Idid rightly calls attention to the practice of judges in South East Asia. His study demonstrates the value of comparative study of issues which arise across different jurisdictions in very different areas of court practice, in that region and beyond. Judges in all jurisdictions, including I might say, those in international courts and tribunals may learn a great deal from the experience and ideas of others.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Legal reasoning and judicial writing

3. Composition of a judgment

4. A standard judgment and grounds of decision

5. The British style of writing judgments and the civil law position

6. Decision writing by Philippine judges

7. Style, rules of grammar and punctuation in a judgment

8. Personal perspective in judgment writing

9. Delivery of court judgment



Dato' Syed Ahmad Idid is the former Justice of the High Courts of Borneo and Malaya. In 2004, Dato' Syed was appointed the Director of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA).

Dato' Syed served in the Youth Welfare Department way back in late 1950s and then in the Royal Customs & Excise until 1967. Dato' Syed's ability to magnetize intelligence led him to successfully ambush smugglers and drug traffickers at the Malaysia/Thai border as well as samsu distillers in Perak and Kedah.

Leaving Malaysia after resigning from the Customs, Dato' Syed read for the Bar at the Inner Temple. Upon returning to Malaysia, Dato' Syed served in Judicial & Legal Service after which our speaker took up the post in Brunei as Stipendiary Magistrate and in Hong Kong as Director of companies.

Dato' Syed has written books and numerous articles on law, banking and arbitration. Dato' Syed has also addressed international conferences in Australia, New Zealand, several countries in Asia (China Shanghai/Beijing/Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Vietnam, The Philippines and Thailand). Dato' Syed also participated in UNCITRAL meetings in Vienna and at the UN Headquarters in New York on revamping of the international arbitration rules.
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