Admiralty Court to resolve maritime disputes

FOR EXPEDIENCY: (From left) Zaki, Arifin and Raus at the launching of the Admiralty Court. — Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: An
Admiralty Court, dealing
with all admiralty and
maritime claims which will
commence operations today,
is expected to resolve
maritime industry disputes
competently and
expeditiously.
Chief Justice Tun Zaki
Azmi said the court, located
at the Jalan Duta Court
Complex here, will operate
as a one-stop-centre to
provide easy access to
information on arrest,
release and sale of vessels.
The clearance target to
dispose of claims filed on Oct
1 was within nine months,
comparable to Singapore and
Hong Kong while all
applications filed on an
urgent basis would be heard
immediately and disposed of
within two months from the
date of filing, he said.
Hoping for the success of
the Admiralty Court in the
near future, Zaki said the
purpose of establishing the
court was to give parties the
option, by consent, to have
all their claims dealt with
expeditiously at one
centralised location.
“To facilitate its growth, a
working committee will be
formed to plan the way
forward. I trust that with
time, this court will achieve
significant growth and
acquire a reputation for both
excellence and integrity,”
he said in his speech at the
launching of the Admiralty
Court at the Court Complex.
Also present were Chief
Judge of Malaya Tan Sri
Arifin Zakaria and Federal
Court Judges Datuk Seri Md
Raus Shariff and Datuk
James Foong.
Zaki said for a start, two
Commercial High Court
Judges P Nalini and
Anantham Kasinather will
hear cases and that there
would be a High Court
Registrar available at all
times, even outside business
hours in matters of urgency.
He said since 2007, the
maritime industry and the
Malaysian Bar had
clamoured for the
establishment of an
Admiralty Court, a court
envisaged to expend most if
not all of its time in the
adjudication of maritime
matters.
Zaki said for many years
now, maritime related
claims had been dealt with
by the Commercial Division
of the High Court and with
the establishment of such
specialist court (Admiralty
Court) it would mark the
first step towards the
efficient and expeditious
resolution of maritime
dispute.
“With the significant
expansion of commerce in
the oil and gas and shipping
sectors, the call for such a
specialist court grew,” he
said.
Among the cases which
come under the Admiralty
Court’s jurisdiction are
claims relating to
transaction of international
trade and commerce,
including shipping
agreements, import and
export, carriage of goods by
sea, construction, design,
maintenance and repair of
ships. — Bernama

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