LAWS OF MALAYSIA
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Act 355
SYARIAH COURTS
(CRIMINAL JURISDICTION)
ACT 1965
Incorporating all amendments up to 1 January 2006
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SYARIAH COURTS (CRIMINAL
JURISDICTION) ACT 1965
First enacted
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1965 (Act No. 23 of
1965)
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1988 (Act 355 w.e.f.
1 December 1988)
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SYARIAH COURTS (CRIMINAL
JURISDICTION) ACT 1965
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
Section
1.
Short title and application
2.
Criminal Jurisdiction of Syariah Courts
3.
Validation
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LAWS OF MALAYSIA
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SYARIAH COURTS (CRIMINAL
JURISDICTION) ACT 1965
An act to confer jurisdiction upon Courts constituted under any
State law for the purpose of dealing with offences under Islamic
law.
[1 April 1965]
BE IT ENACTED by the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan
Agong with the advice and consent of the Dewan Negara and
Dewan Rakyat in Parliament assembled, and by the authority of
the same, as follows:
Short title and application
1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Syariah Courts (Criminal
Jurisdiction) Act 1965.
(2) This Act shall apply to all the States of Peninsular Malaysia.
Criminal Jurisdiction of Syariah Courts
2.  The Syariah Courts duly constituted under any law in a State
and invested with jurisdiction over persons professing the religion
of Islam and in respect of any of the matters enumerated in List
II of the State List of the Ninth Schedule to the Federal Constitution
are hereby conferred jurisdiction in respect of offences against
precepts of the religion of Islam by persons professing that religion
which may be prescribed under any written law:
Provided that such jurisdiction shall not be exercised in respect
of any offence punishable with imprisonment for a term exceeding
three years or with any fine exceeding five thousand ringgit or
with whipping exceeding six strokes or with any combination
thereof.
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Validation
3.  All offences under Islamic law which before the commencement
of this Act in relation to the States of Peninsular Malaysia and
which before the commencement of the Syariah Courts (Criminal
Jurisdiction) (Amendment and Extension) Act 1989 in relation to
the States of Sabah and Sarawak, had been tried by any of the
Courts aforesaid shall be deemed to have been validly tried as if
jurisdiction in respect thereof had been conferred on those Courts
by Federal law.
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JURISDICTION) ACT 1965
LIST OF AMENDMENTS
Amending law
Short title
In force from
Act A612
Muslim Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction)
01-01-1984
(Amendment) Act 1984
Act A730
Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction)
05-05-1989
(Amendment and Extension) Act 1989
Act A996
Interpretation (Amendment) Act 1997
24-07-1997
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SYARIAH COURTS (CRIMINAL
JURISDICTION) ACT 1965
LIST OF SECTIONS AMENDED
Section
Amending authority
In force from
1
Act A730
05-05-1989
2
Act A612
01-01-1986
3
Act A730
05-05-1989
Act A996
24-07-1997
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