Minister ends 15-year term as Syariah Court judge

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE minister of religious affairs was feted yesterday in a ceremony for his 15 years of service as one of the permanent judges in the Syariah Court of Appeals which ended this year.

In his welcoming speech, Head Registrar of the Syariah Court of Appeals Hj Hassan Hj Metali, said that the minister was one of the first individuals appointed as a permanent judge in the Syariah Court of Appeals when the Syariah Court was first established in 2001.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman ended his term this year in March, making his term of service 15 years, the same age as the Syariah Court.

From 2008 until 2015, YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin was also appointed as Chairman of the Committee of Syariah Lawyers.

“In the time in which the minister presided over the committee, many ideas and insights have been contributed on ways to improve the quality of Syariah advocacy in the Syariah Court,” said Hj Hasnan.

“For the contributions that YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin have made in his time as a judge in the Syariah Court of Appeals, on behalf of the Chief Syar’ie Judge and members of the Syariah Court, we express our sincere appreciation and thank you,” he added.

Replacing the minister of religious affairs as one of the permanent judges is Dato Seri Setia Hj Tassim Hj Akim who was appointed in April of this year.

During the ceremony, YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin was presented with a gift of appreciation by the Chief Syar’ie Judge, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Hj Salim Hj Besar.

A talk was also given at the event by Pg Dr Hj Badaruddin Pg Abd Rahman, one of the judges in the Syariah Court to commemorate the new Hijrah year.

Also present was Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Dato Paduka Hj Abd Mokti Hj Mohd Daud along with senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, the ministry as well as the Syariah Court.

The Brunei Times