Dear fellow members of the Johore Bar,

We are pleased to inform you that the Johore Bar Committee has after much consideration and deliberation drawn up the list of activities that would be carried out during the current term.

In an attempt to give you early notice of the proposed activities and to solicit your support and participation, we give you the calendar of events below. Full details of the activities would be given via circulars that would be issued closer to the dates.

I urge all members of the Johore Bar and Pupils in Chambers to make a note of the said activities in your diary and to give us your fullest support. The Committee is taking great efforts to organize these activities for you, but success ultimately depends on your support and cooperation. So let us join forces to make it an interesting, exciting and productive year for the Johore Bar.

1. JBC Courtesy Call on the Judges and Judicial Commissioners of the High Court in Johor Bahru (28th March 2012)

The newly elected Johore Bar Committee continued with the tradition of paying a Courtesy Call on the High Court Judiciary on 28th March 2012.

2. Launching of the National Legal Aid Scheme or Yayasan Bantuan Guaman Kebangsaan (YBGK) (25th February 2011)

Organized jointly by the Legal Aid Sub-Committee and the Bar Council.

The YBGK is an ambitious program introduced by the government with the support and backing of the Malaysian Bar to provide free legal aid to all persons detained or arrested by the authorities. The project was officially launched on 25th February 2011.

3. The Superfun Bowling Tournament (14th April 2012)

Organized by the Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee.

Saturday 14th April 2012 at 2.00 p.m. at the Dynamic Bowl, Johor Bahru.

4. Talk on Procedures in the Industrial Court (20th April 2012)

Organized by the CLE & IT Sub-Committee.

The talk was given by the Industrial Court Judge, Tuan Roslan bin Mat Nor, on Friday, 20th April 2012 from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

5. Human Rights Training Workshop (21st April 2012)

Organized by the Human Rights Sub-Committee jointly with the Bar Council.

The workshop was held with 24 participants and led by 4 trainers from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday 21st April 2012 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

6. Informal Social Gathering (26th April 2012)

Organized by the Social Sub-Committee.

The first social event for the year was a Hi-Tea on Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 4.00 p.m. at the Grand Paragon Hotel, Johor Bahru.

7. Seminar on Bankruptcy Law And Proceedings (27th April 2012)

Organised by the CLE & IT Sub-Committee.

Speaker: Mr Trevor Jason Mark Padasian from M/s Skrine, Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 27th April 2012 from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm, at the Johore Bar Auditorium.

8. Johore Bar Bowling Tournament (28th April 2012)

Organised by the Sports Sub-Committee took place at 10.00 a.m. at Dynamic Bowl, Danga City Mall held on Saturday 28th April 2012.

9. Monitoring and Providing Legal Aid for Bersih 3.0 Rally (28th April 2012)

Organized jointly by the Human Rights and Legal Aid Sub-Committees.

Volunteer members of the Johore Bar would be present at the Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru on Saturday 28th April 2012 from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m., to monitor the scheduled Bersih 3.0 Rally and to render legal aid in the event of arrest.

10. Johore Bar Forum on Court Matters (1) (7th May 2012)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee.

This will be the first in a series of Forum to be held at regular intervals during the year to obtain feedback from members on the various issues and problems that they face in court and is scheduled to be held on Monday 7th May 2012.

11. Law Awareness Campaign in Batu Pahat (13th May 2012)

Organized Jointly by the North Johore Affairs and Legal Aid Sub-Committees.

This will be the first ever Law Awareness Campaign organized by the Johore Bar Committee in Batu Pahat and is scheduled to be held on Sunday 13th May 2012.

12. Reference for the late Ho Thian Cheh and the late Neoh Lay Choo (22nd May 2012)

The Johor Bahru High Court has agreed to hold a Reference for the late Ho Thian Cheh and the late Neoh Lay Choo on 22nd May 2012.

13. Meeting with PTG (30th May 2012)

Organized by the Conveyancing Sub-Committee.

This is the annual meeting between the JBC and the PTG and this year it will be our turn to host the meeting which would be held on 30th May 2012 at 10.00 am at the Johore Bar Secretariat.

14. Seminar on Syariah Law Practice (sometime in May 2012)

Organized Jointly by the Shariah and the CLE & IT Sub-Committees.

A Circular containing the details of the proposed Seminar to be held sometime in May 2012 would be issued in due course.

15. Johore Bar North v South Games (sometime in May or June 2012)

Organized Jointly by the North Johore Affairs Sub-Committee and the Sports Sub-Committee.

This Annual series of games between North and South Johor would be held in Muar, sometime in May or June 2012.

16. Introduction of Automatic Mediation in Accident Cases in the Johor Bahru Courts (1st June 2012)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee.

The Judiciary is desirous of launching a pilot project in the Johor Bahru Courts to introduce Automatic Mediation in Accident Cases. A Joint Working Committee comprising of the Judiciary, the Johore Bar and the Insurance Industry is currently formulating the framework and mechanism for the said project which is expected to be implemented w.e.f. 1st June 2012.

17. Johore Bar Family Day (1st to 3rd June 2012)

Organized Jointly by the Social, Charity & Welfare, North Johore Affairs and Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committees.

To be held at Lotus Hotel Desaru from 1st to 3rd June 2012.

18. Farewell for YA Dato’ Ahmad Nasfy Bin Hj Yasin (sometime in early June 2012)

Organized by the North Johore Affairs Sub-Committee

A simple farewell gathering would be held to send off YA Dato’ Ahmad Nasfy Bin Hj Yasin, the Judicial Commissioner of the High Court in Muar, who is going on transfer in June 2012.

19. Law Awareness Campaign in Muar (17th June 2012)

Organized Jointly by the North Johore Affairs and Legal Aid Sub-Committees.

This will be the first such event to be held in Muar and will be held on Sunday 17th June 2012.

20. JBC Courtesy Call on the Judge and Judicial Commissioner of the Muar High Court (sometime in June 2012)

The Annual Courtesy Call by the JBC on the Judge and Judicial Commissioner of the Muar High Court would be made sometime in June 2012.

21. Official Opening of the Muar Legal Aid Centre (sometime in June 2012)

Jointly organized by the North Johore Affairs and Legal Aid Sub-Committees.

The learned Judge of the Muar High Court has graciously allocated a room within the Muar Court Complex to the Johore Bar Committee for the purpose of operating a Legal Aid Centre in Muar. The said Legal Aid Centre is presently being set up and the Official Opening of the same is expected to be done sometime in June 2012.

22. JBC Meeting with the Judge in charge of the Criminal Court of the Johor Bahru High Court (sometime in June 2012)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee.

The JBC plans to hold at least 2 Dialogue Sessions with the Judge in charge of the Criminal Court of the Johor Bahru High Court to discuss issues and problems pertaining to criminal law practice and the first such dialogue is planned for June 2012.

23. Johore Bar Futsal Tournament (sometime in June 2012)

Organized by the Sports Sub-Committee.

This is an annual event and is scheduled to be held sometime in June 2012.

24. Seminar on Intellectual Property (sometime in June 2012)

Organized by the CLE & IT Sub-Committee.

This is being slotted for June 2012.

We welcome suggestions on the speaker and topic.

25. Publication of the 1st Issue of Info Johore Bar (June 2012)

Organized by the Publications Sub-Committee.

The 1st issue of Info Johore Bar for the current year is expected to be published in June 2012.

26. Professional Standards Course (Ethics Lecture) (10th & 11th July 2012)

Organized by the CLE & IT Sub-Committee.

This will be the first of two such courses to be conducted for the year, attendance for which is compulsory for all Pupils in Chambers. The Course will be spread over two days from the 10th to the 11th of July 2012, with a written test on the second day. There will also be the usual Dinner on the second day, which will be attended by Pupils in Chambers, Masters and Judges & Judicial Commissioners of the High Court in Johor Bahru.

27. Seminar on Criminal Litigation (sometime in July 2012)

Organized by the CLE & IT Sub-Committee.

This is being planned for July 2012.

28. Johore Bar Forum on Court Matters (2) (6th August 2012)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee.

The second Johore Bar Forum to discuss court issues and problems will be held on 6th August 2012.

29. JBC Meeting with the Senior Judge of the Johor Bahru High Court (sometime in August 2012)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee.

This would be the second meeting between the Bar and the Judiciary to discuss and resolve court issues and is planned for August 2012.

30. Seminar on Civil Procedure and Practice (sometime in August 2012)

Organized by the CLE & IT Sub-Committee.

This is being planned for August 2012.

31. Overseas Trip (sometime in September 2012)

Organized by the Social, Charity & Welfare Sub-Committee.

The Johore Bar Committee had many many moons ago taken members to places such as Bali and Sri Lanka and is now looking at Shenzhen, China, most probably during the school holidays in September 2012.

32. Paintball Fund Raising Competition (8th September 2012)

Organized by the Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee.

The proposed date for this event is 8th September 2012. Venue is yet to be decided.

33. Johore Bench & Bar v Police Games (September 2012)

Organized by the Sports Sub-Committee.

The Committee hopes to revive this annual series of games started more than 30 years ago and carried out every year without fail, until a few years ago when it went into hibernation. For the benefit of the younger or newer members of the Bar, who have not previously heard of it, the Games were initiated, inter alia, with the objective of promoting goodwill and friendship among the members of the Bench, the Bar and the Police Force, thus contributing to a healthy working relationship among the three bodies. We have written to the Johor Police regarding this and suggesting that the Games be held in the last week of September 2012.

34. JBC Meeting with the Judge in charge of the criminal courts in the Johor Bahru High Court (sometime in September 2012)

The second Dialogue Session to discuss matters pertaining to criminal law practice would be held sometime in September 2012.

35. Seminar on Acquisition of Companies – Law and Procedures (sometime in September 2012)

Organized by the CLE & IT Sub Committee.

This is being planned for September 2012.

36. Opening of the Johore Bar Building (12th October 2012)

Organized by the Building, House, Library & Members’ Welfare Sub-Committee.

The acquisition of the Johore Bar Building was completed on 17/04/2012 and the Johore Bar Committee has taken possession of the building on 23/04/2012.

The ground floor is being let out to an existing tenant, and the fourth floor will be let out to a legal firm as a store on a short tenancy.

The building will be renovated over a 5-month period commencing in May 2012 and is estimated to be occupied by the Johore Bar and the Johore Legal Aid Centre by October 2012. We have the President of the Malaysian Bar to officiate a simple Opening Ceremony on Friday 12th October 2012.

37. Johore Bar Social Gathering with the Bar Council (12th October 2012)

Organized by the Social, Charity & Welfare Sub-Committee.

In conjunction with the Bar Council’s monthly meeting scheduled to be held in Johor Bahru on 13th October 2012, the Johore Bar Committee is planning to organize Dinner for members of the Johore Bar to meet the members of the Bar Council on Friday 12th October 2012.

38. Seminar on Conveyancing and Banking Transaction (sometime in October 2012)

Organized by the CLE & IT Sub-Committee.

This is being planned for October 2012.

39. Publication of the Second issue of Info Johore Bar (October 2012)

Organized by the Publications Sub-Committee.

The 2nd issue of Info Johore Bar is scheduled to be published in October 2012.

40. 1 Festival Gathering (sometime in October or November 2012)

Organized by the Social, Charity and Welfare Sub-Committee.

This would be an all in one Multi-Festival Social Gathering to be held in October or November 2012 in Johor Bahru.

41. Johore Bar v Law Society Singapore (3rd November 2012)

Organized by the Sports Sub-Committee.

The Johore Bar Committee has written to Law Society of Singapore that the Games that had been held in the past but somehow skipped over the last few years be revived and held on 3rd November 2012.

42. Johore Bar Forum on Court Matters (3) (5th November 2012)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee.

The third in the series of Johore Bar Forum on Court matters will be held on 5th November 2012.

43. JBC Meeting with the Senior Judge of the High Court in Johor Bahru (sometime in November 2012)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub Committee.

The third meeting between the Bar and the Bench to discuss and to resolve court issues would be held sometime in November 2012.

44. Seminar on Criminal Trials (sometime in November 2012)

Organized by the CLE & IT Sub-Committee.

This is being planned for November 2012.

We welcome suggestions on the speaker and topic.

45. North Johore Bar v Bench Games (1st December 2012)

Organized Jointly by the Sports and the North Johore Affairs Sub-Committees.

This is an annual series of Games between members of the Bar and the Bench in North Johore is scheduled to be held on 1st December 2012 in Muar.

46. Multi Festival Night (7th December 2012)

Organized by the North Johore Affairs Sub-Committee.

This social gathering is planned to be held on Friday, 7th December 2012 in Muar.

47. World Human Rights Day Activity (10th December 2012)

Organized by the Human Rights Sub-Committee.

The Committee is considering organizing a series of activities to commemorate World Human Rights Day on Monday 10th December 2012.

48. Seminar on Islamic Banking and Procedures – Part II (sometime in December 2012)

Organized by the CLE & IT Sub-Committee.

This is being planned for December 2012.

49. JBC Meeting with the Senior Judge of the High Court in Johor Bahru (sometime in January 2013)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee.

This will be the fourth meeting between the Bar and the Bench to thrash out issues and will be held sometime in January 2013.

50. Professional Standard Course (Ethics Lecture) (15th & 16th January 2013)

Organized by the CLE & IT Sub-Committee.

This will be the second such course to be conducted for the current year. The Course would be held on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th January 2013. There will also be a Dinner on Wednesday 16th January 2013.

51. Law Awareness Campaign – “Law for the Layman” (sometime in January 2013)

Organized by the Courts Liaison and Public Relations Sub-Committee.

The Committee is considering holding a series of talks by prominent lawyers on topics of interest to the general public and spread over a week, sometime in January 2013.

52. Seminar on Probate and Administration (sometime in January 2013)

Organized by the CLE & IT Sub-Committee.

This is being planned for January 2013.

53. Publication of the Third Issue of Info Johore Bar (February 2013)

Organized by the Publications Sub-Committee.

The 3rd and final issue of the Info Johore Bar for the year will be in February 2013.

54. Annual General Meeting of the Johore Bar (22nd February 2013)

The Annual General Meeting of the Johore Bar for 2013/14 has been scheduled for Friday 22nd February 2013 at 3.00p.m. at Jotic Auditorium, Johor Bahru.

55. Annual Dinner & Dance of the Johore Bar (23rd February 2013)

Organised by the Social, Charity & Welfare Sub-Committee.

The Annual Dinner & Dance of the Johore Bar is scheduled to be held on Saturday 23rd February 2013 at 7.30 p.m. at a venue to be fixed.

I would like to conclude by saying that whilst every effort would be made to ensure that all the aforesaid activities are carried out as planned, cancellations or changes in the dates may be inevitable in respect of certain events and that members would be duly informed of the same in due course.

Please be guided accordingly.

S. GUNASEGARAN

CHAIRMAN

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