1 Name of Course Malaysian Legal System II
2 Course Code LAC1033
3 Instructor
4 Rational for the Inclusion of the Course in the Programme LAC1033 is a compulsory subject for SMSU program. It is a continuation of Malaysian Legal System The students are required to register for this subject during their second semester. This course is intended to expose students to the different court systems in Malaysia, as well as the judicial and legal profession.
5 Semester and Year offered Semester 2 (Year 1)
6 Student Learning Time

Face to face Independent learning Formal Assessment Total
Teacher centered Student Centered Learning Non face to face Revision Assessment Preparation Continuous Assessment Final Exam
Lecture T O


 13  2  10 28  21  15  3


7 Credit Value 3 (120/40 = 3)
8 Pre-requisite (if any) None
9 Learning outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students should have the ability to:

  1. Recognize the component and structure of the judiciary.
  2. Identify the jurisdictions and powers of each court.
  3. Understand the task of the Legal Professional Bodies.
10 Transferable skills Students should be able to develop good written and interpersonal communication skills, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills through a process of lectures and tutorials.
11 Teaching-Learning and Assessment Strategy


Teaching-learning strategy:

The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, exercises, group work, using authentic materials, informal activities and various textbooks. Practical experience and collaborative teamwork will be fostered throughout the course. The use of examination and internal reporting assessment will assess the student’s ability to apply theoretical concepts in context.

Assessment strategy:

  • Formative
  • Summative
12 Synopsis This course is a continuation of Malaysian Legal System I and is divided into two major parts The first part covers the judicial system, where the main focus will be on the hierarchy of the ordinary courts and special courts, as well as their respective jurisdictions and powers. In the second part, students will be educated on the structure of the legal education in Malaysia. The discussion will also include requirements on admission and enrolment to the Bar, pupillage and the functions of professional legal bodies.
13 Mode of Delivery Lecture, tutorial, class discussion, mini seminar, PBL, student centered learning and presentation.
14 Assessment Methods and Types
  Item Percentage


Continuous Assessment 40%
2. Final examination 60%
  Total 100%
15 Mapping of the Course Learning Outcome/Module to the Programme Learning Outcomes Refer to attachment
16 Content Outline and Topics Covered:


Week Topic
1 Part 1: Introduction To The Judicial System
2-3 Subordinate Courts
4 -6 Superior Courts
7-8 Special Courts – Court for Rulers, Court for Children, Court Martial
9-10 Native Courts
11 Industrial Court, Syariah Court
12-13 Part II: The Legal Profession And Judicial Services
14 Judicial Services, Legal Services

*Note: Total = 120 hours.

17 Main references


  1. Ahmad Ibrahim & Ahilemah Joned. (1995). Malaysian Legal System. 2nd Edition. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.
  2. Farid Sufian Shuaib. (2001). An Introduction to the Malaysian Legal System, Kuala Lumpur: MHR Creative.
  3. Noor Aziah Mohd Awal. (2003). Sistem Perundangan di Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: International Law Books Services.


1.     Federal Constitution

2.     Subordinate Courts Act 1948

3.     Subordinate Courts (Amendment) Act 2010 (Act A1382)

4.     Courts of Judicature Act 1964

5.     Child Act 2001

6.     Armed Forces Act 1972

7.     Industrial Relations Act 1967

8.     Native Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1991

9.     Native Courts Enactment (Sabah) 1992

10.  Native Courts Ordinance (Sarawak) 1992

11.  Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993

12.  Legal Profession Act 1976

13.  Judicial Appointments Commission Act 2009

14.  Legal Aid Act 1971

 Related cases

18 Additional references


  1. Abdul Aziz Bari, Armed Forces Personnel as Public Servants under the Federal Constitution: A Review on the Decision in Abdul Salam bin Husin [2001] 1 MLJ xxix
  2. Baljit Singh Sidhu, An Overview of the Child Act 2001 and the Criminal Procedure Aspects [2003] 2 MLJ xIix
  3. Chew Li Hua, Criminal Procedure under Part X of the Child Act 2001 in Siri Undang-undang Mimi Kamariah: Akta Kanak 2001, University of Malaya Press, Kuala Lumpur at pp 235-242
  4. Wan Arfah Hamzah (2009) A First Look at the Malaysian Legal System. Kuala Lumpur: Penerbit Oxford Fajar Sdn Bhd.
  5. Sharifah Suhanah Syed Ahmad, Malaysian Legal System,2nd Edition (2007) Lexis Nexis.



Course Learning Outcomes Compliance to PO Teaching & Learning Activities (TLAs) Assessment Tasks (ATs)



















  K CTPS CS TS EM LL     KK LS    
1- Recognize the component and structure of the judiciary.


  3               Classroom lecture and discussion Written test


2.  Identify the jurisdictions and powers of each court. (LO3-PS3-P5)     3             Lecture, Tutorials and Presentation Instructor evaluation of the presentation
3-  Understand the task of the Legal Professional Bodies.   (LO5-TS4-A5)         3         Assignments Instructor evaluation of the assignment