1. New Guidelines for Case Management at High Court.
Please take note of the attached Practice Direction of the Chief Judge of Malaya No. 2 of 2014 which has come into force on 15.7.2014.
Amongst the changes, the first Case Management for civil suits at High Court will be before the TP/SAR within 30 days from the date of filing of the writ. After that the case will be managed directly by the Judge and directions as per the Practice Direction will be issued. Members are strongly advised to be familiar with these changes immediately.
2. Postponement of Effective Date of Practice Directions of the Chief Registrar No. 3 to 8 of 2014.
Members would recall that on 19.6.2014 Practice Directions No. 3 to 8 of 2014 were issued for various matters including on appeals, default judgments, writ of execution, show cause notice and filing of documents in English language. Please take note that the effective date of these Practice Directions is now postponed until further notice. Please see Bar Council Circular No. 140/2014 dated 2.7.2014 on this.
3. Standardisation of E-Filing Service Bureau Charges.
New rate of charges will be implemented for filing of documents at the Service Bureau beginning from 15.8.2014. Members are advised to be familiar with the rate changes when filing documents at the Service Bureau. The new rates can be seen at Bar Council Circular No. 144/2014 dated 4.7.2014.
4. Implementation of Personal Data Protection Act 2010.
The Act has now come into force. Please note that partnership firms are required to be registered under the Act. Sole-proprietorships, though not required to be similarly registered, are however still bound by certain requirements under the Act. All firms are advised to study and take note of the requirements under the Act especially on setting up a policy for retention of client’s data and giving notice to client of such policy.
5. Public Opinion on National Harmony Bills.
As is commonly known, there is a proposal by the Government to abolish the Sedition Act 1948 and to be replaced with a new set of laws generally referred to as the National Harmony Bills and specifically as (i) National Harmony and Reconciliation Bill, (ii) National Harmony and Reconciliation Commission Bill and (iii) Racial and Religious Hate Crimes Bill. The Bills can be viewed at www.nucc.my . Members are requested to study the Bills and forward your views, preferably by 30.7.2014, to the Bar Council or to JBC on how the Bills can be improved further so as to achieve its stated purpose.
6. Cases before SAR Puan Norhabsarina Binti Ayob on Wednesday and Thursday.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the SAR will be on duty at the old court building at Jalan Ayer Molek to handle AE matters. Members who have cases before her on these 2 days, including non AE matters, are requested to appear before her at the old court building and not at Level 25 Menara Cyberport until further notice.
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