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Monday, 14 May 2012

KLBC Activities Report for April 2012

04 April 2012
Pupils Introduction Session
Organised by the KL Bar Pupils Welfare Committee (PWC), the introduction session for April was held on 04 April 2012. The session, attended by 84 pupils, was led by Jason Kong and Harleen Kaur (Leena). Pupils were briefed on the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the KL Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the KL Bar Committee and highlights of the Malaysian Bar. The introduction session included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their period of pupillage and the Chairman and members of the KLBC were on hand to provide input and possible solutions. The issues raised by the pupils at this session were divided into the  areas of Court, Office and Miscellaneous matters, with the following details :

  • E-Filing including the filing system
  • Rude Court Staff - Admission Registry at RKKK (Rayuan dan Kuasa Kuasa Khas)
  • Parking
  • Section 36(2) Application (commonly know as “Short Call”) - long hearing date
  • Court Canteen - Smoking zone. Currently there is a “No-Smoking” policy at the KL Court Canteen  but it is not adhered to. The pupils suggested that the Court should come up with designated Smoking areas.
  • SA Court - Q System. Bankruptcy matters, there is no uniformity, some are on first come first served basis, others record their names on the piece of paper and wait to be called in.
  • Proposed to allow court documents to be printed on both sides of the paper
  • Too many “Borang” for admission
  • Admission to the Bar - long hearing date
  • The compulsory 14 days Legal Aid Service
  • Inefficiency of the Court staff
  • Conveyancing - RPGT (Real Property Gains Tax). Pupils have an issue on the Form required to be filled up to inform the Inland Revenue Board of any parties who buy or sell properties.
  • Wages, SOCSO
  • Courses for Master - Pupils opined that certain Masters needed to be reminded and guided on how    to train their pupils
  • Working hours
  • Work station/condition
  • Exemption on period of pupillage
  • Filing of pupillage papers - There is lack of guidance on this

13 April 2012
Environmental Talk - Beyond Me & Mine: From Solid Waste to Climate Change
In conjunction with Earth Day 2012 and to kick-start KL Bar’s 4th year ‘Old/Disused Paper Collection Week’, the KL Bar Environmental Law Committee and Professional Development Committee presented an Environmental Talk by Mr Gurmit Singh at the KL Bar Auditorium at 3.00pm. As encouraged, participants brought along recyclable items as a ticket for admission to the Talk.

13 April 2012 to 23 April 2012
KL Bar ELC Earth Day 2012 Activity Week - Collection Of Recyclables, Paper, Bottles And Cans 
The KL Bar Environmental Law Committee (ELC) organised the ‘Old/Disused Paper Collection’ for the 4th consecutive year for members to participate in the Earth Day Celebration which falls on 22 April 2012.  This year ELC decided to include 2 more recyclable items namely plastic bottles and aluminium/tin cans to be collected besides old/disused paper.

16 April 2012
E-Filing Meeting between KL Bar Civil Court Liaison Committee (CCLC), KL Court Officers and Formis Representatives
The main objective of the meeting was to introduce the new CCLC members to the Court Officers and Formis Representatives in charge of the E-Filing System (EFS). In future the CCLC members may approach the Court Officers/Formis representatives directly should members of the Bar raise any issues with them pertaining to the EFS. Various issues and arising matters were also discussed at the meeting.

17 April 2012
E-Purse Briefing
The Civil Court Liaison Committee were invited for a briefing on the e-purse at 3.00pm at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya. The Judiciary is looking for alternative methods of payment for the electronic filing system. The CCLC was represented by Brendan Navin Siva and Lew Chee Seong.

18 April 2012
PDC Seminar on Remand, Bail and Criminal Advocacy
Amrit Pal Singh from Messrs Amrit & Company presented the seminar which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 3.00pm. The seminar was attended by 55 participants. The seminar covered basic advocacy skills required for a Criminal Trial including Remand and Bail.

20 April 2012
PDC Seminar on Maritime Law and Shipping Business in Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Sabirin Ja’afar who is currently Professor of Business Law and Ethics in the International Business School (IBS), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur presented the seminar which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 3.00pm. The seminar was attended by 64 participants. The seminar covered the following areas “Malaysia as a Maritime Nation”, “UN Convention 1982”, “Malaysia and UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea)”, “Shipping Trends” and “Ship Building”.

26 April 2012
PWC Pupils Workshop on Civil Litigation
The workshop, organised by the KL Bar Pupils Welfare Committee specifically for pupils, was presented by Richard Wee Thiam Seng on 26 April 2012 at 3.00pm. The workshop focused primarily on the practical aspects of handling a brief, opinion writing, drafting of pleadings and presenting a case in court. The workshop was attended by 22 pupils.

26 April 2012
KL Bar Vaisakhi Night
The KLYLC organised a Vaisakhi Night at Sangam @ Plaza Kelana Jaya on 26 April 2012 from 7.00pm onwards. 55 members attended this inaugural event. It was an enjoyable evening with good food and entertainment by the “Mumbai Stars”. Click here to view the photos.

27 April 2012
PDC Seminar on An Introduction to Due Diligence: Practice and Procedures
Kenny Poon and Anne Wong from Messrs Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong presented the seminar which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 10.00am. The seminar was attended by 105 participants. The seminar covered the following areas “What is Due Diligence?”, “Why is Due Diligence Necessary?”, “Relevant Legislation”, “Guidelines and Requirements”, “Important Elements of Due Diligence”, “Process of Compliance Due Diligence” and  “Role of Solicitors in Due Diligence”.

30 April 2012
Meeting with the KL Criminal Court Officers and PDRM
The meeting was initiated by the KL Bar Criminal Practice Committee (CPC) and mainly to discuss the Jinjang and Dang Wangi Remand Centres and the problems faced by Criminal Practitioners such as the application of Section 28A and 'IO Ganti' during Remand Proceedings.

Edited by Jeremiah R. Gurusamy.

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