[Malaysian Bar:2816] Circular No 145/2010: Practice Direction No 4 of 2010 – Change of Courts’ Sitting Time

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Date: 30 June 2010 17:43
Subject: [Malaysian Bar:2816] Circular No 145/2010: Practice Direction No 4 of 2010 – Change of Courts' Sitting Time
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Circular No 145/2010
 
Dated 30 June 2010
 
To all Members of the Malaysian Bar
 
Practice Direction No 4 of 2010 – Change of Courts' Sitting Time 
  
Please be informed that via Practice Direction No 4 of 2010 the YAA Chief Justice of Malaysia has instructed that effective 1 July 2010 (Thursday), the sitting time for courts throughout Malaysia will be as follows:
 
(a) Federal Court Malaysia and Court of Appeal Malaysia to begin sitting at 9:00 am; and
 
(b) High Courts, Sessions Courts and Magistrates' Courts all over Malaysia to begin sitting at 8:30 am.
 
Please find attached Practice Direction No 4 of 2010 for your reference.
 
At the meeting with the Chief Justice on 3 June 2010 the Bar Council expressed its concern to the Chief Justice that the Practice Direction would cause hardship to both lawyers and litigants and conveyed the fear of some lawyers that judges would strike out cases if parties were not present at the required time.  The Chief Justice said that he had already issued the direction and that all parties should give this a try for the next three months to see how the system works.  He said that the Practice Direction would not be applied strictly and assured the Bar Council that cases would not be struck off until the close of sitting for the day.  The Chief Justice also agreed to the suggestion from the Bar Council that courts could implement a system of staggered hearing times.
 
The Bar Council will revisit this issue with the Chief Justice at the end of September 2010.
 
Thank you.
 
George Varughese
Secretary
Bar Council

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