| Azlan Othman |
THE Syariah Courts are focusing on four key areas this year to strengthen the knowledge of court officers who handle cases under the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013, which was enforced on May 1, 2014.
The key areas include the purchase of books for the courts’ library and the implementation of the e-Syariah project whose budget has been approved, the Acting Head Registrar of the Syariah Court of Appeal, Haji Hassan bin Haji Metali, said yesterday.
He said that the other key areas feature plans to increase the number of posts in the Syariah Courts and carry out courses and work placements.
The Syariah Courts have a five-year plan (2013-2017) and its projects were implemented successfully in 2014, he said at the start of the Syariah Criminal Fiqh Revision Course, which is attended by Syar’ie Judges, Registrars and officers from the Syariah Courts.
The Syariah Courts are planning more courses and workshops pertaining to Syariah crime to enhance the knowledge of the officers of the Syariah Courts which now have the power to hear cases under the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013, he said.
Prof Dato Paduka Dr Mahmood Zuhdi bin Haji Abdul Majid, Fiqh Professor from International Islamic University, Malaysia is the facilitator of the four-day course which aims to raise the participants’ understanding of the Syara’ law concept from its original source rather than being only limited to what has been said in ‘Nas’ or existing legal text.
The course also aims to explain the implementation of the Islamic criminal law in the context of Brunei’s laws and the principal application of the law in certain cases and legal problems.
Also present was the Acting Chief Syar’ie Judge, Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awg Salim bin Haji Besar.