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Sarawak Syariah Judiciary Department
Commonly known as the Jabatan Kehakiman Syariah Sarawak in Malay.

Syariah Court (Mahkamah Syariah) was established in 1978 under the Undang-undang (Pemerbadanan) Majlis Islam Sarawak to ensure propriety and legality in the administration of justice and working of the Courts in accordance with the Syariah Islamic laws.

On March 1, 1985, Undang-undang Mahkamah Syariah Sarawak Order 1985 came into force.

Sarawak Syariah Judiciary Department was established on October 2, 1990 as a separate department from the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department. Its objective is to hear and decide on civil cases involving divorce and matrimony, civil and property claims, guardianship of infants and inheritance of Muslims.

On May 14, 1991, six ordinances were passed by the Sarawak State Assembly. Since 1991, two rules and regulations were also passed by Sarawak Islamic Religious Council (Malay: Majlis Islam Sarawak) have been enforced and implemented by the State.

* Ordinan Mahkamah Syariah, 1991;
* Ordinan Undang-Undang Keluarga Islam, 1991;
* Ordinan Acara Mal, 1991;
* Kanun Acara Jenayah, 1991;
* Ordinan Keterangan Syariah, 1991;
* Ordinan Kesalahan Jenayah Syariah, 1991;
* Kaedah Peguam Syarie, 1992; and
* Kaedah-Kaedah Prosiding Suami Isteri, 1992.

On September 1, 1992, the six ordinances have been gazetted and implemented. In December 2001, the Syariah Court Ordinance 1991 (Malay: Ordinan Mahkamah Syariah 1991) has been repealed by the Sarawak Syariah Courts Ordinance 2001 which came into force on December 1, 2004.

The official website of the Jabatan Kehakiman Syariah Sarawak features Online and Mobile Services; Case Procedure; Jurisdiction; Law References; Arahan Amalan; Law Directory; List of Courts; and FAQs.

    Address:Sarawak Syariah Judiciary Department
Level 4, Sarawak Syariah Court Building,
Jalan Satok,
93400 Kuching

Kuching Syariah High Court
Level 5, Syariah Court Building,
Jalan Satok,
93400 Kuching

Kuching Syariah Lower Court
Level 3, Syariah Court Building,
Jalan Satok,
93400 Kuching
    Notes:Available in English (Site Menu only) and Malay versions.
    Website:www.syariah.sarawak.gov.my/

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Keywords: sarawak, syariah, judiciary, syariah courts, islamic religious department, government
Guide ID: 1237 - Last Updated: August 29, 2013

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