Lawyer sues judge, faces contempt action
Tuesday, 09 September 2008 09:33am
Straits Times (Used by permission)
by V. Anbalagan
PUTRAJAYA: A Seremban-based lawyer who filed a RM30 million suit against a High
Court judge has been asked to show cause why he should not be cited for
Mohamed Azmi Ismail has to attend the High Court in Kuala
Lumpur on Thursday to explain himself and purge the contempt action.
This means he would have to prove that his court action in filing the suit
against High Court judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus did not amount to
showing disrespect to the judge or scandalising the court.
The proceedings were initiated by the attorney-general following a complaint.
Judge Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat had, on Aug 28, granted leave to the
attorney-general to begin proceedings against Azmi.
That application was allowed on grounds that the
attorney-general had established a case against the lawyer for contempt.
On Thursday, Azmi or his counsel would respond to the allegation of contempt,
followed by a reply from a senior federal counsel before Tengku Maimun.
The court would then decide whether there was contempt.
Punishment ranges from imposing a custodial sentence to admonishing the lawyer
for such demeaning conduct.
Azmi, who appeared for a client in a civil suit, is said to have filed the RM30
million suit against Hishamudin for the judge's alleged failure to, among
others, deliver his ruling on time and for being malicious against the litigant.
He claimed that Hishamudin's act or omission resulted in his client suffering
However, that suit was struck out by High Court judge Datuk Ramly Ali last year.
In the past, there have been cases of the attorney-general filing proceedings
against lawyers for showing disrespect to judges.