A Christian lawyer in Malaysia has failed in her attempt to be allowed to practise in the Muslim Shariah courts.

Victoria Jayaseele Martin said she wanted to appear for non-Muslim clients fighting in such courts, to provide them with fairer representation.
An increasing number of cases heard in the Islamic courts involve both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Malaysia runs two parallel legal systems.

The civil courts cater to its non-Muslim citizens while the Islamic system decides issues affecting the fate of the country’s Muslim majority.

A judge in Kuala Lumpur dismissed her challenge to the decision of a religious council that all lawyers in Islamic courts must be Muslim.

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