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Act 345
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT 1953
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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
Section
1.
Short title and application
2.
Abolition of penal servitude, rigorous and simple imprisonment
3.
Life sentences
4.
Abolition of whipping with cat-o'-nine tails, etc.
5.
(Omitted)
6.
(Omitted)
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CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT 1953
An Act relating to penal servitude, methods of imprisonment and
whipping; and for purposes connected therewith.
[Peninsular Malaysia--30 April 1953;
Sabah and Sarawak--8 November 1991, P.U. (A) 407/1991;
Federal Territory of Labuan--8 November 1991, P.U. (A) 408/1991]
Short title and application
1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Criminal Justice Act 1953.
(2) This Act shall apply throughout Malaysia.
Abolition of penal servitude, rigorous and simple imprison-
ment
2. (1) No person shall be sentenced by a court to penal servitude;
and every law conferring power on a court to pass a sentence of
penal servitude in any case shall be construed as conferring power
to pass a sentence of imprisonment for a term not exceeding the
maximum term of penal servitude for which a sentence could have
been passed in that case immediately before the commencement
of this Act.
(2) No person shall be sentenced by a court to rigorous impris-
onment or to simple imprisonment; and every law conferring power
on a court to pass a sentence of rigorous imprisonment, simple
imprisonment or imprisonment of either description, shall be
construed as conferring power to pass a sentence of imprisonment
for a term not exceeding the term for which a sentence of rigorous
imprisonment, simple imprisonment or imprisonment of either
description could have been passed in that case immediately be-
fore the commencement of this Act.
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(3) Any person who immediately before the commencement of
this Act was undergoing or liable to undergo a term of penal
servitude under a sentence passed by any court or as a commuted
punishment for an offence for which he was sentenced to death,
shall be treated thereafter as if he had been sentenced to, or were
undergoing or liable to undergo, imprisonment and not penal servitude
for that term.
(4) Any person who immediately before the commencement of
this Act was undergoing or liable to undergo a term of rigorous
imprisonment or of simple imprisonment under a sentence passed
by any court or as a commuted punishment for an offence for
which he was sentenced to death, shall be treated thereafter as if
he had been sentenced to, or were undergoing or liable to undergo,
imprisonment and not rigorous imprisonment or simple imprisonment
for that term.
Life sentences
3.  Where any person is treated as having been sentenced or is
hereafter sentenced to imprisonment for life, such sentence shall
be deemed for all purposes to be a sentence of imprisonment for
twenty years.
Abolition of whipping with cat-o'-nine tails, etc.
4.  No person shall be sentenced by a court to whipping with a
cat-o'-nine tails; and every law conferring power on a court to pass
a sentence of whipping with a cat-o'-nine tails, or whipping, shall
be construed as conferring power to pass a sentence of whipping
with a rattan.
5.
(Omitted).
6.
(Omitted).
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LIST OF AMENDMENTS
Amending law
Short title
In force from
P.U. (A) 407/1991
Modification of Laws (Criminal
08-11-1991
Justice Act) (Extension to the
States of Sabah and Sarawak)
Order 1991
P.U. (A) 408/1991
Modification of Laws (Criminal
08-11-1991
Justice Act) (Extension to the
Federal Territory of Labuan)
Order 1991
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LIST OF SECTIONS AMENDED
Section
Amending authority
In force from
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