Circular No. 20/13: Proposed Activities of the Johore Bar for 2013/14

Dear fellow members of the Johore Bar,

Since our election at the end of February, we have been busy planning our activities for the year and the budget to finance these activities. In an endevour to give you early notice and to solicit your support and participation, we are now pleased to present to you the proposed list of activities. Full details will of course be given closer to the proposed event by way of circulars. And as you know, some activities have already been carried out during the planning stage itself.

I urge all members of the Johore Bar and Pupils in Chambers to take a special interest in the activities of the Bar to give us your fullest support and co-operation. These activities are carried out with you in mind. You are the reason for these activities. We expend a considerable amount of time in planning and carrying out these activities. We do this in the hope that you would enjoy them and/or find them useful. Nothing can be more demoralizing than a lack of support or response from you. So, my fellow members of the Johore Bar, please make a note of these activities in your diary and give us your support. 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 (27th March 2013) (DONE)

The newly elected Johore Bar Committee continued with the tradition of paying a Courtesy Call on the High Court Judges in Johor Bahru on 27th March 2013.

2. Welcome High-Tea in Honour of YA Dato’ Abd Rahman Bin Sebli, Judge of the Johor Bahru High Court (28th March 2013) (DONE)

Organized by the Social, Charity & Welfare Sub-Committee, this event was held at the Grand Bluewave Hotel, Johor Bahru on Thursday, 28th March 2013.

3. JBC Courtesy Call on the Judge of the Muar High Court, Johor (3rd April 2013) (DONE)

The newly elected Johore Bar Committee paid a Courtesy Call on the Muar High Court Judge on 3rd April 2013.

4. High-Tea with Muar High Court Judge, Members of the Judiciary and Members of the Bar (3rd April 2013) (DONE)

Organized by the North Johore Affairs Sub-Committee

The High-tea was held at Muar Traders Hotel, Muar, Johor on Wednesday, 3rdApril 2013.

5. Reference Proceedings (10th April 2013) (DONE)

Reference Proceedings were held for the late Bhuvanadas Gopaldas, the late Brian Komathi, Allahyarham Mohd Yassin Bin Ibrahim, the late Sivarajendran Nair a/l Kunju Raman Nair, the late Tan Choon Lim on Wednesday 10th April 2013 at the Johor Bahru High Court Criminal Court (1), Jalan Dato’ Onn, Johor Bahru.

6. Opening of new Bar room at level 25 in Menara MSC Cyberport, Johor Bahru (17th April 2013) (DONE)

A new Bar room has been opened at Level 25, Menara MSC Cyberport, Johor Bahru, for the benefit of members.

7. Informal Gathering (19th April 2013) (DONE)

Organised by the Social, Charity & Welfare Sub-Committee, the Informal Gathering was held at Tropical Inn Hotel, Johor Bahru on Friday, 19th April 2013.

8. Johore Bar Forum on Court Matters (1) (24th April 2013) (DONE)

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

This is 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 was held on Wednesday, 24th April 2013.

9. Seminar on Conveyancing Practice (25th April 2013) (DONE)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee.

The Seminar was conducted by Mr. P K Yang from M/s K J Lo & Co, Johor Bahru on Thursday, 25th April 2013 from 9.45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m., at the Johore Bar Auditorium.

10. Seminar on Conveyancing Practice (3rd May 2013) (DONE)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee.

The Seminar was conducted by Mr. P K Yang from M/s K J Lo & Co, Johor Bahru on Friday, 3rd May 2013 at Muar.

11. JBC Meeting with the Johor Bahru High Court Judge(s) (16th May 2013) (DONE)

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

This is the first meeting between the Bar and the Bench to discuss and resolve outstanding court issues.

12. Johore Bar 7th Futsal Tournament (18th or 25th May 2013)

Organized by the Sports Sub-Committee

This is an annual event and is planned for 18th or 25th of May 2013.

13. Talk on Accident Matters (sometime in May 2013)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee.

A Circular containing the details of the proposed Seminar to be held sometime in May 2013 would be issued in due course.

14. Seminar on Syariah Law Practice (sometime in May 2013)

Organized Jointly by the Continuing Professional Development and Shariah Sub-Committees

A Circular containing the details of the proposed Seminar to be held sometime in May 2013 in Johor Bahru and Muar would be issued in due course.

15. Young Lawyers Retreat to Sibu Island (sometime in May 2013)

Organized by the Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee

This is being planned for May 2013.

16. Young Lawyers T-Shirt Drive (May 2013)

Organized by the Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee

This is being planned for May 2013.

17. Meeting with Stamp Duty Office (sometime in May or June 2013)

Organized by the Conveyancing Sub-Committee

This is being planned sometime in May or June 2013.

18. A trip to Singapore Zoo (8th June 2013)

Organized by the Social, Charity & Welfare Sub-Committee

This is being planned on Saturday, 8th June 2013.

19. Johore Bar Forum on Court Matters (2) (19th June 2013)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee

The second Johore Bar Forum to discuss court issues and problems will be held on Wednesday, 19th June 2013.

20. Johore Bar vs Bench Games (sometime in June 2013)

Organized by the Sports Sub-Committee

This is being planned sometime in June 2013.

21. Johore Bar Pool party (sometime in June 2013)

Organized by the Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee

This is being planned for June 2013.

22. Talk on Key Considerations in Negotiating & Drafting of Cross Border Commercial Contracts (sometime in June 2013)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee

This is being planned for June 2013.

23. Talk on Constitutional & National Customary Land Rights (sometime in June 2013)

Organized by the Human Rights Sub-Committee

This is being slotted for June 2013.

24. Professional Standards Course (Ethics Lecture) (sometime in June 2013)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development 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, 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.

25. Moving of the JBC Secretariat to new building (sometime in June 2013)

The new Johore Bar building at No. 5, Jalan Tun Abd Razak, Susur 1/1, 80000 Johor Bahru has been under renovations commencing on 26th March 2013 and the targeted date for completion is 7th June 2013. The JBC Secretariat will be moving to the new Johore Bar building in mid-June 2013.

26. JBC Meeting with the Johor Bahru High Court Judge(s) (June 24 – 28, 2013)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee

This would be the second meeting between the Bar and the Bench to discuss and resolve court issues and is planned for June 24 – 28, 2013.

27. Publication of the 1st Issue of Info Johore Bar (June 2013)

Organized by the Publications Sub-Committee

The 1st Issue of Info Johore Bar for the current year is expected to be published in June 2013.

28. Meeting with PTG (sometime in June or July 2013)

Organized by the Conveyancing Sub-Committee

This is being planned sometime in June or July 2013.

29. Talk on Intellectual Property (15th July 2013)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee

The Talk is scheduled to be held on Monday, 15th July 2013.

30. Young Lawyers Go-Kart (sometime in July 2013)

Organized by the Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee

This is being planned for July 2013.

31. Buka Puasa Dinner (July 2013)

Jointly organized by the Social, Charity & Welfare and Young Lawyers & Chambering Pupils

Sub-Committees

The Buka Puasa Dinner is planned to be held in July 2013 at a venue to be fixed.

32. 8th Johore Bar v Law Society Singapore Games (sometime in August 2013)

Organized by the Sports Sub-Committee

This year the Law Society of Singapore will host the games scheduled to be held in August 2013.

33. Seminar on Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Proceedings (sometime in August 2013)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee

This is being planned to be held in both Johor Bahru and Muar in August 2013.

34. Workshop and Clinic on Legal Aid and Yayasan Bantuan Guaman Kebangsaan (“YBGK”) at Johor Bahru (sometime in August 2013)

Organized by the Legal Aid Sub-Committee

This is being planned for August 2013.

35. Opening of the Johore Bar building (sometime in August 2013)

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

The opening of the new Bar Building would be officiated by the President of the Malaysian Bar. The opening ceremony would be followed by a Talk by a distinguished guest speaker at the new Johore Bar Auditorium and refreshments thereafter.

36. Johore Bar Forum on Court Matters (3) (28th August 2013)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee

The third Johore Bar Forum to discuss court issues and problems will be held on Wednesday, 28th August 2013.

37. Workshop and Clinic on Legal Aid and Yayasan Bantuan Guaman Kebangsaan (“YBGK”) at Muar (sometime in September 2013)

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

This is being planned for August 2013.

38. Public Forum on Divorce and Islamic Family Law (sometime in September 2013)

Jointly organized by the Continuing Professional Development, Shariah and Legal Aid Sub-Committees

This is being planned for September 2013.

39. JBC Meeting with the Johor Bahru High Court Judge(s) (September 9 – 12, 2013)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee

This is the third meeting between the Bar and the Judiciary to discuss and resolve court issues is planned for September 9 – 12, 2013.

40. Legal Aid Charity Fundraiser (sometime in September 2013)

Organized by the Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee

This is being planned for September 2013.

41. Overseas Trip (13th to 17th September 2013)

Organized by the Social, Charity & Welfare Sub-Committee

The Overseas Trip is being planned on 13th to 17th September 2013.

42. Johore Bar Forum on Court Matters (4) (16th October 2013)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee

The forth Johore Bar Forum to discuss court issues and problems will be held on Wednesday, 16th October 2013.

43. Advocacy Training Course (sometime in October 2013)

Organized jointly by the Continuing Professional Development, Shariah and Legal Aid Sub-Committees, the Bar Council and Judiciary

This is planned for October 2013.

44. YLC Charity Drive (sometime in October 2013)

Organized by the Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee

This is being planned for October 2013.

45. JBC Meeting with the Johor Bahru High Court Judge(s) (October 28 – 31, 2013)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee

This would be the forth meeting between the Bar and the Judiciary to discuss and resolve court issues and is planned for October 28 – 31, 2013.

46. Deepavali Gathering (November 2013)

Organized by the Social, Charity & Welfare Sub-Committee

The Deepavali Gathering is planned to be held in November 2013.

47. 42nd Bar & Bench vs Police Games (sometime in October or November 2013)

Organized by the Sports Sub-Committee

The Johore Bar will host the games this year and is being planned sometime in October or November 2013.

48. Legal Aid Charity Fundraiser (sometime in November 2013)

Organized by the Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee

This is being planned for November 2013.

49. Workshop on Islamic Financing (sometime in October 2013)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee

This is being planned to be held in both Johor Bahru and Muar for October 2013.

50. Publication of the Second issue of Info Johore Bar (October 2013)

Organized by the Publications Sub-Committee

The 2nd issue of Info Johore Bar is scheduled to be published in October 2013.

51. Talk on Tax Compliance and Accounting Procedures (sometime in November 2013)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee

This is being planned to be held in both Johor Bahru and Muar in November 2013.

52. North Johore Bar v Bench Games (sometime in November 2013)

Organized by the North Johore Affairs Sub-Committee

This is an annual event and is scheduled to be held sometime in November 2013.

53. World Human Rights Day (10th December 2013)

Organized by the Human Rights Sub-Committee

The Committee is considering organizing a series of activities to commemorate World Human Rights Day on Tuesday, 10th December 2013.

54. Theme Dinner Party (sometime in December 2013)

Organized by North Johore Affairs Sub-Committee

This is being planned for December 2013.

55. Johor Bahru Legal Survey (sometime in December 2013)

Organized by Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee

This is being planned for December 2013.

56. Talk on Civil Litigation Procedure (sometime in December 2013)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee

This is being planned to be held in both Johor Bahru and Muar in December 2013.

We welcome suggestions on the speaker and topic.

57. Multi Festival Celebration (January 2014)

Organized by the Social, Charity & Welfare Sub-Committee

The Multi Festival Celebration is planned to be held in January 2014.

58. Johore Bar Forum on Court Matters (5) (15th January 2014)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee

The fifth Johore Bar Forum to discuss court issues and problems will be held on Wednesday, 15th January 2014.

59. Talk on Conducting Criminal Trial (sometime in January 2014)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee

This is being planned to be held in both Johor Bahru and Muar in January 2014.

We welcome suggestions on the speaker and topic.

60. Young Lawyers Charity Movie Night (sometime in January 2014)

Organized by the Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee

This is being planned for January 2014.

61. JBC Meeting with the Johor Bahru High Court Judge(s) (January 20 – 24, 2014)

Organized by the Courts Liaison & Public Relations Sub-Committee

This would be the fifth meeting between the Bar and the Judiciary to discuss and resolve court issues is planned for January 20 – 24, 2014.

62. Professional Standard Course (Ethics Lecture) (sometime in January 2014)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee

This will be the second such course to be conducted for the current year. The Course and Dinner would be held sometime in January 2014.

63. Talk on Estates (Probate and Administration) Properties and Trust Properties

(sometime in February 2014)

Organized by the Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee

This is being planned to be held in both Johor Bahru and Muar for February 2014.

64. Young Lawyers Socials (sometime in February 2014)

Organized by the Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Sub-Committee

This is being planned for February 2014.

65. Publication of the Third Issue of Info Johore Bar (February 2014)

Organized by the Publication Sub-Committee

The 3rd and final edition of the Info Johore Bar for the year will be issued in February 2014.

66. Annual General Meeting of the Johore Bar (22nd February 2014)

The Annual General Meeting of the Johore Bar for 2014/15 has been scheduled for Saturday, 22nd February 2014 at 10.00 a.m. at Jotic Auditorium, Johor Bahru.

67. Annual Dinner & Dance of the Johore Bar (22nd February 2014)

Organized by the Social, Charity & Welfare Sub-Committee

The Annual Dinner & Dance of the Johore Bar is scheduled to be held on Saturday 22nd February 2014 at 7.30 p.m. at a venue to be fixed.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE that whilst the Committee will strive to ensure that all these activities are carried out as planned, we give no guarantee that they will be so held. Some of the proposed events may be cancelled or substituted with other more suitable events or changes may be made in respect of the dates, speakers, topics, etc. We welcome your views and suggestions. Rest assured that we will keep you notified of cancellations and changes.

S. GUNASEGARAN

CHAIRMAN

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