Circular No. 17/15: Advocacy Training Course (12 – 13 June 2015)

Improving the Standard of Advocacy and Producing Better Advocates

The Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee of the Johore Bar in collaboration with the Bar Council CPD Committee will be conducting an Advocacy Training Course (ATC) in Johor Bahru. Training sessions have been successfully conducted in Johor Bahru, the upcoming one being the third one in Johor Bahru.

For the past five years, the Subcommittee on Advocacy Training Course (now Bar Council Advocacy Training Committee) has organised Advocacy Training Courses (“ATC”) throughout Malaysia for Members and pupils in chambers with the primary objective of improving the standards of advocacy and producing better advocates. The ATC aims to teach advocacy skills to lawyers in their first to third years of practice, in order to effectively indentify and rectify basic mistakes in advocacy, and to offer guidance to new practitioners on the correct way to adduce evidence, present their arguments as well as to conduct themselves in a courtroom.

The course utilises a specific method of advocacy teaching that is deployed in Commonwealth jurisdictions, which requires participants to perform as advocates in a simulated courtroom environment under the guidance of experienced and trained practitioners who will observe their performance and offer personalised guidance.

Junior Members and Members with little advocacy experience will find the course extremely useful and beneficial. Members are encouraged to register for and attend the course. Given the nature of the teaching method employed, the course is open to only 30 participants. Places will be given on a first-come, first-served basis but Members are encouraged to register their names nonetheless, as it is intended that the course will be organised regularly for the benefit of Members.

The feedback received from the participants at the end of every training session is that it was invaluable in many respects. Although the course is aimed primarily at lawyers in their first three years of practice by identifying and correcting basic mistakes as well as offering guidance, the value of the instructions and guidance for lawyers beyond that range of practice cannot be gain said. The feedback received from such lawyers is that the course was an eye-opener in that what was perceived and accepted as the “right” way of conducting a trial was in fact erroneous. So, it is never too late in the day to gain knowledge and correct our mistakes.

The ATC carries 12 points for trainers, facilitators and participants under the Bar Council Continuing Professional Development Scheme (“CPD”).

The particulars are as follows:

Date 12th and 13th June 2015 (Friday & Saturday)
Venue Registration Fee Johor Bahru Court ComplexJalan Ayer MolekRM 530.00 (Members of the Bar and Pupils)
CPD code T3/1213062015/ATC3/JH152233/12
  Fees are inclusive of 6% GST


Members of the Bar and pupils in chambers are urged to register for the course by completing and submit the enclosed registration form by fax to the Johore Bar Secretariat at 07-2761188 as earliest possible to book your seat. Registration will be confirmed once proof of payment is provided by email or fax and full payment is received. The course material will be e-mailed to each participant, the inclusion of a valid e-mail address is imperative.

If a participant is unable to attend, a replacement is allowed provided that the Secretariat of the Johore Bar is notified in writing prior to the commencement of the event.

Please be advised that certain supplies of goods and services that we make may be subject to GST, and we are required to levy GST on such taxable goods and services from 1 Apr 2015. Kindly also note that we reserve the right to implement any necessary changes to our policies on goods and services that we may supply or on supplies we may receive from vendors.


Santhi Balachandran


Continuing Professional Development


Circular No. 17-15 Advocacy Training Course (12 & 13 June 2015)1

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