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06 JunE 2011 COuRtESY CALL/MEEtinG With thE MAnAGinG JuDGE OF thE KL CRiMinAL COuRtS, YA tAn SRi DAtO’ ZuLKEFLi AhMAD MAKinuDDin The meeting was also attended by some of the Kuala Lumpur Criminal High Court Judges. Amongst the issues discussed during the meeting included the Tracking System, Legal Aid and Biro Bantuan Guaman and the Bukit Jalil Remand Centre.
12 JuLY 2011 COuRtESY CALL/MEEtinG With thE AttORnEY GEnERAL’S ChAMBERS WiLAYAh PERSEKutuAn KuALA LuMPuR (“AGCWPKL”) The meeting was chaired by YM Puan Raja Rozela Binti Raja Toran, the Head of Prosecution Unit Kuala Lumpur. Some of the issues discussed were issues relating to Representation, Communication with DPP’s Office and Dock Brief Programme under the Legal Aid. CPC was also informed that the AGCWPKL will soon be moved to their new office at Wisma Chase Perdana, Jalan Damansara.
CRIMINAL PRACTICE COMMITTEE22 ANNUAL REPORT 2011/12 • 07 OCtOBER 2011 COuRtESY CALL/MEEtinG With thE nEW MAnAGinG JuDGE OF KL CRiMinAL COuRtS, YA DAtO’ hASAn Bin LAh The meeting was also attended by Senior Officers of the Kuala Lumpur Criminal Courts. Apart from getting acquainted, the issues discussed were the Tracking System at the Criminal High Court, problems in the Magistrates’ Courts as well as the improvement of the bail process.
COnCLuSiOn AnD APPRECiAtiOn I would like to record my deepest thanks and appreciation to the members of the CPC for their support and cooperation during the term 2011/12.
Datuk Baljit Singh Sidhu Chairperson Criminal Practice Committee
These questions were later to be discussed, analysed and evaluated at a Climate Change Forum organised by EHC at the then Bar Council Auditorium on 22 February 2011. The forum saw a line-up of speakers representing environmental interest-groups, government agencies, academics and professionals. It attracted about 100 participants comprising members of the KL Bar, those from universities, governmental institutions, NGOs and civil society. The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Dato’ Douglas Uggah was present to close the forum later in the afternoon. He gave EHC his ministry’s unwavering support and expressed the hope of seeing more Climate Change forums organised by the KL Bar in the future.
EHC took part in the global annual event, Earth Hour, on 22 March 2011. It called on members of the KL Bar to switch off the lights for an hour to symbolise our commitment in the sustainability of use of Earth’s resources.
EHC organised a five-day collection period, for old newspapers and used papers in conjunction with Earth Day starting 18 April 2011 till 22 April 2011. This was the 3rd consecutive year that EHC had held this event and the support for this reuse and recycling campaign from the various law firms were encouraging. Proceeds from the sale of the old newspapers were channelled to fund other future environmental projects of the committee. The highlight of this campaign was an interview in Malaysia Hari Ini (MHI) by TV3 of EHC’s Deputy Chairperson, Noor Hajran who spoke on the importance of awareness in saving our environment.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMANITIES COMMITTEE24 ANNUAL REPORT 2011/12 • One of EHC major events of the year was the 3 Day 2 Night Children’s Nature Camp, from 03 June 2011 to 05 June 2011, organised jointly with the Malaysian Nature Society at their Nature Education Centre, located within the Forest Research Institute (FRIM) in Kepong.
In this initiative, EHC sponsored 18 children from Yayasan Psikologi Malaysia for their entire stay at the camp in FRIM. 2 other children of members of the KL Bar also participated in this nature Camp. Five facilitators and volunteers from the EHC were on site to assist in the running of environmental workshops and programmes for the children.
EHC had also supported Himpunan Hijau 109, a mass gathering of about 10,000 people in Taman Gelora Kuantan to voice their discontent over the issue of radioactive waste-dumping following construction of the Lynas Advanced Material Plant at Gembeng, Kuantan. It had assisted the Bar Council Environmental and Climate Change Committee (ECC) in organising a public forum on the issue at the Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium recently.
At the point of writing this report, EHC had met three (3) times since taking on the portfolio for the year 2011/2012.
COnCLuSiOn AnD APPRECiAtiOn EHC would like to place on record all the help and assistance rendered by its members and the KL Bar Secretariat in ensuring the successful implementation of its activities and various initiatives for the benefit of KL Bar members and the public in general.
Roger Chan Weng Keng Chairperson Environmental and Humanities Committee
In addition, the ITCC continued to promote freedom of speech on the net. With that in mind, we organised a Forum on Freedom of Speech in the new Media on 17 november 2011 at the KL Bar Auditorium. The Forum was aimed at addressing some of the key issues such as the implications of freedom of speech in the new media, the effect of the new media on the way journalism and communication works, how should the new media be placed alongside with the traditional media as well as management and regulation of the new media. The speakers were Jahabar Sadiq (the CEO of The Malaysian Insider), Foong Cheng Leong (an Advocate and Solicitor) and Fahmi Fadzil (a Social Media Activist). The Forum was moderated by H.R.
Dipendra and was sponsored by Media Legal Defence Initiative-Southeast Asia. 32 participants attended the Forum.
The ITCC was also invited to Seminars organised by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), namely DnS Security and DnSSEC on 03 March 2011, Internationalised Domain name on 19 April 2011 and the 3rd network Security Industry Talk on 14 October 2011.
Another project which was initiated last term was finally launched in the last quarter of 2011. KLBC and Microsoft entered into a collaboration which introduced our members to Microsoft Malaysia’s ‘Office 365’.
The collaboration with DiGi is also ongoing and DiGi runs a roadshow every month at the KL Courts with special offers for the KL Bar members.
The ITCC is also in the midst of collaborating with Alcassoft Solutions Sdn Bhd.
The ITCC also embarked on coming up with articles to help members understand IT better and become more IT savvy.
These projects cannot be carried out without the strong and genuine interest of our ITCC members. Our ITCC Deputy Chairperson, Justine Chew Bee Ling, continued
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE26 ANNUAL REPORT 2011/12 • to assist and work behind the scenes to get projects running and going. The ITCC members have continued to be supportive and helpful.
Syahredzan Johan Chairperson Information Technology and Communications Committee
This term, the PDC organised 32 events between March 2011 and February 2012, covering a wide area of topics as listed in the accompanying table.
To-date, the response for the PDC events has been encouraging and it is our hope that members will continue to benefit from the programmes lined-up for the remainder of the term. We hope to see a continued support and increased participation from members and pupils alike.
For a change, the PDC is also looking at organising a 2-day conference specifically targeting the corporate sector and also in the pipe-line is a Dialogue Session and Hi-Tea Get-Together with Bank negara, Securities Commission, Bursa Malaysia, Companies Commission of Malaysia and Malaysian Competition Commission.
Jeremiah R Gurusamy Chairperson Professional Development Committee
The Publications Committee this term focused primarily on ensuring that monthly Committee Member activity reports were produced for all the KL Bar Activities. The committee also edited Sheila Lingam all the event reports including the 2011/12 Annual Report.
All reports were emailed to the KL Bar members and also included in the KL Bar Website (www.klbar.org.my) and links were put up on the KL Bar FB group page (www.facebook.com/groups/208444762526623/) and the KL Bar Twitter page (http://twitter.com/klbar).
The Publications Committee is also tasked to come up with two handbooks for pupils and young lawyers. The topics would cover Traditions of the Bar and Advocacy.
Due to time constraints, the committee was unable to produce the books. It will be something for the incoming committee to look into.
Choo Dee Wei Chairperson Publications Committee
Having co-chaired the sessions with Puan Hendon, the PWC had proposed to produce a speaker’s guideline on the Ethics Dialogue sessions for the purpose of creating a larger pool of lawyers who may conduct the said sessions. However, the proposed plan could not materialise as PWC acknowledges the fact that the speaker must first be familiar with the EPS syllabus and marking scheme structure in order to guide pupils to face the exam. As such, a simple speaker’s guideline may be insufficient to equip the EPS speakers.
Under the circumstances, with consent of the KLBC, the PWC had agreed to cease conducting the EPS from 2012 onwards and had instead proposed to organise the Ethics Dialogue sessions at the Bar Council level by incorporating the said sessions into the main EPS course itself. This also has the advantage of benefiting pupils from outside Kuala Lumpur and Selangor as pupils from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor were mainly the ones benefiting from these Dialogue sessions at the moment.
The PWC wishes to take this opportunity to extend our deepest gratitude to Puan Hendon for her continuous effort in delivering the Ethics Dialogue for the pupils throughout the whole year of 2011.
PuPiLS intRODuCtiOn SESSiOn Initially, the Pupils Introduction Session (P.I. Session) was conducted in a large group once a month. The process involved playing for the pupils a video depicting briefly the history of the Bar. After the said video, the pupils were divided into 2 large groups which were facilitated by members of the KLBC who were present.
PUPILS WELFARE COMMITTEE34 ANNUAL REPORT 2011/12 • Last year (2010), several suggestions were made to revise the method of conducting the P.I. Session. The proposal that was carried was that each month every member of the KLBC member will be assigned between 5 to 10 pupils whom the member will meet at the member’s venue of choice for a 1-hour dialogue on the Bar and issues faced by the pupils. While this system was somewhat effective, it lacked uniformity and the KLBC was unable to actually collate problems faced by pupils or have the opportunity to hear the pupils’ views of their period of pupillage, the Bar, its committees or even the Courts.
In 2011, there was a suggestion made at the KLBC Meeting to again revise the method of conducting the said P.I. Session.
Together with Ravin Singh and the support of the KLBC Chairman, Brendan Navin Siva and the KLBC, the PWC revamped the P.I. Session and the new format of the P.I. Session took its first flight in July 2011.
The modus operandi for the new P.I. Session was simple. The pupils were required to be present at the KL Bar Auditorium for the P.I. Session from 2.30pm (sharp) to 5.30pm or any time the session ends. The KLBC takes the issue of timing very seriously and pupils who arrive more than 15 minutes after the session has started will not be allowed to participate and have to fix another appointment unless they have a valid reason for the delay which is acceptable to the KLBC. The session has also been known to end as late as 6.30pm as dealing with the issues raised by the pupils can be a long drawn-out affair.
At 2.30pm, the facilitators will conduct a short ice breaking session followed by a Question Session. At the Question Session, the pupils will be quizzed on basic but relevant information about the Bar. After the Question Session, there is a presentation on the structure of the Bar, right from individual State Bar Committee to the Malaysian Bar Council. Thereafter, it will break for tea and resume with a session on the problems faced by the pupils.
While the problems faced by the pupils might be trivial to seasoned members or to those who had already been admitted to the Bar, these problems are very real to pupils.
With the introduction of this new system, the KLBC is in a position to collate problems faced by the pupils, and also record the frequency of the said complaints.
With such information available, the PWC is currently working with the KLBC to upload the problems faced by pupils onto the KL Bar website in a Question and Answer format.
While the publicising of the problems may not necessarily solve the problems, it is important for members to be aware of the issues and circumstances that affect our pupils. Pupils would also have the opportunity to follow up on their complaints and solutions would be uploaded as and when they become available.
The PWC would like to thank Ravin Singh for his contribution and unconditional support towards the new P.I. Sessions. The PWC also extends our sincerest appreciation to the KLBC Chairman, Brendan navin Siva and members of the KLBC who had rotated among themselves to assist at the P.I. Sessions.
PuPiLS WORKShOPS This term, the Pupils Workshops Programme was headed by PWC member Por Yang Wei and co-chaired by Chan Khoon Moh. PWC continued to organise a series of monthly Civil and Criminal Litigation workshops for pupils. These workshops were specially designed for pupils and attendance was limited to 20 pupils per session. The objective of the workshops was to introduce the practical aspect of the operation of the law and also fostering pupils’ development on basic legal knowledge and fundamental of Court practices in the real world.
The workshops were presented by a group of experienced speakers in their respective field of expertise. The speakers provided materials and delivered very interactive sessions in a smaller group which benefited pupils who were about to begin practice.
In Criminal Litigation, the pupils were exposed to knowledge on client interview skills, mitigation, bail application, remand hearings and trial procedure. Here, the PWC wishes to record its thanks to the speakers Arimuthu Perithamby, Datuk N Sivananthan and Ravin Singh for their unconditional support in delivering the Criminal Litigation workshops.
In Civil Litigation, the pupils were taught opinion drafting, drafting summons and statement of claims, Civil Court Rules and advocacy skills. PWC thanks the speakers Mohd Izral Mohamed Khairy, Tharminder Singh, Sanjeev Kumar Rasiah and Colin Andrew Pereira for their time and effort in conducting these Civil Litigation workshops.
PWC will continue to explore new areas of law practices that might be of interest to pupils and provide adequate knowledge to pupils in the real world of practice.
2011 PuPiLS WORKShOPS AS FOLLOWS:
LEGAL CAREER FAiR The Legal Career Fair is headed by PWC Deputy Chairperson, Adrian See. The Legal Career Fair is an annual event and has been tentatively scheduled to be held in September 2012. Thus far, the PWC had consulted and had meetings with the venue provider and is in the midst of finalising a reasonable quotation. PWC is also on the lookout for media partners and with the support from other KLBC members, will promote the upcoming Legal Career Fair 2012 in full force for the benefit of members of the Bar, pupils and university students.
GuiDELinES FOR COunSEL REPRESEntinG thE KLBC At hEARinG OF ADMiSSiOnS tO thE BAR Based on records, an average of 150 pupils were admitted to the Bar each month. The KLBC would appoint a Counsel to represent the KLBC (“KLBC Rep”) at every hearing of Admission to the Bar. This term, the PWC had produced a set of standard guidelines for the KLBC Reps. The guidelines serve the objective of achieving uniformity of the KLBC Rep’s role and a recommended step by step standard procedure at the hearing of Admissions to the Bar.