Circular No 132/2017
Dated 30 June 2017
To Members of the Malaysian Bar
Application for Sijil Annual and Practising Certificate Will Be Completely Online With Effect from 3 July 2017
We refer to Circular No 083/2017 dated 17 Apr 2017, entitled “Application for Sijil Annual and Practising Certificate to Become Completely Online”, in which we informed Members that as part of the Court’s e-Kehakiman (Phase 2) system, all applications for both Sijil Annual and Practising Certificate (“SAPC”) would have to be made online by mid-2017.
The Court has informed us that this paperless application process will be implemented with effect from 3 July 2017 (Monday).
As a result, all SAPC applications must be made online only, from 3 July 2017 (Monday). Members will no longer have the option to submit hard copy documents in order to apply for their SAPC.
Members will have to log into the Bar Council’s online portal in order to complete and submit their SAPC applications. All supporting documents must be scanned and uploaded during the application process. When ready, the SAPC can only be retrieved from the online portal.
At present, this paperless online process will affect those who are applying for their SAPC 2017, including those who are applying for their SAPC for the first time or who are resuming practice.
In addition, all applications for SAPC 2018 will have to be undertaken through the paperless online process only.
Members are therefore strongly urged to apply, without further delay, for access to the Bar Council’s online portal, as described below.
Access to the Bar Council’s Online Portal
The online portal is accessible through the Malaysian Bar website at www.malaysianbar.org.my.
Please refer to Circular No 190/2016 dated 24 Aug 2016, entitled “Online Self-Service Portal for Members and Law Firms”, for details regarding the functions available through the Bar Council’s online portal.
(1) Online Portal for Members
To access this section of the online portal, Members are required to register as users of the Malaysian Bar website by completing the registration form available at www.malaysianbar.org.my/create-an-account.html.
(2) Online Portal for Law Firms
The authorised representative of a law firm can access the online portal for law firms in order to assist Members in preparing their SAPC applications. However, the application must ultimately be submitted by the individual Member through the online portal for Members.
Law firms that have not yet nominated an authorised representative may do so by providing the following particulars of the authorised representative, to whom the user ID and password will be released by email:
(c) Office address; and
(d) Email address.
Please submit these details by completing and returning the attached Registration Form to the Bar Council, together with the original copy of a covering letter on the law firm’s letterhead.
If your law firm had previously been issued with a user ID and password, those same particulars can be used to access the online portal for law firms.
Assistance for Members
We are currently working on guidelines on using the online application system, including a set of Frequently-Asked-Questions and an online video. We are also looking into the setting up of help desks to assist with this transition.
Should you have any enquiries, please contact the Membership Department by telephone at 03-2050 2191 or by email at email@example.com.
Roger Chan Weng Keng