How to use the NewCLJ as your English – Malay dictionary

My latest article was published by CLJ under the citation [2013] 1 LNS(A) xvii.

Last year, I published an article titled “How to use CLJ as your English – Malay dictionary”. As explained by the title, it was a short guide on how to use CLJ”s website,, to translate English words especially your legal jargon into the Malay language. The article was published by CLJ under the citation [2012] 1 LNS xxxi.

However, CLJ recently upgraded its website thus the need for this new article on how to use the New CLJLaw as your English – Malay dictionary.

Unlike the previous system, it is now easier to do the search.

Go to the Search Page. Make sure that “Caselaw” is selected as the “Search Criteria” (caselaw is selected by default).

In the textbox “Search Term”, insert the word or words you wish to search followed with a space (for “and”) and thereafter, the word “translation”. Note that the word “translation” is the key to enable the dictionary.

For example, if you wish to search for the words “liberty to file afresh”, you can put the words “Liberty to file afresh” translation. If you want to search the exact words, you will need to put a quotation mark in the beginning of the sentence and at the end of the sentence.

Under “Search In”, click on “Head Notes”. This means that the search will only be conducted on the headnotes of all cases.

After that, click on the Search button.

Once you get the results, click on any of the cases (if any). The results are located in the Headnote section.

You’ll find the searched words highlighted. In this case, “liberty to file afresh” is highlighted in paragraph (4).

Now scroll down to the translated section of the Headnote in particular paragraph (4) of the Malay version.

The Malay translation can be seen in paragraph (4). I’ve highlighted the section for easy reference.

As mentioned in my previous article, this little trick has its limitation. If the word does not appear in any of CLJ’s headnotes, you will not get the translation. However, based on my experience, most words, in particular legal jargon, are available






One response to “How to use the NewCLJ as your English – Malay dictionary”

  1. Hasnan Hakim Avatar

    Great and helpful article. Many thanks.

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