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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar joined the evaluation team which visited Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) at Sintok, Kedah and Multimedia University (MMU) in Malacca recently to determine if UUM and MMU law graduates should be exempted from the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) examination, said Bar Councillor Roger Tan who led the team from the Bar.

Referring to the news report in The Star today, CLP needed for UUM law grads, says Bar Council, Tan clarified that the decision on exemption is to be made by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board (LPQB) and not by the Bar Council pursuant to the Legal Profession Act, 1976.

The evaluation committee headed by the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court, Datuk Halijah Abbas and set up by the LPQB also comprised the Treasury Solicitor, Puan Khadijah Idris, Professor Zita Mohd Fahmi of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, the CLP Director, Muniandy Kannyappan and Tan, on behalf of the Malaysian Bar.

The Committee was assisted by two legal teams in their visits to UUM on August 24-25 and MMU on September 3-4.
The Committee and team members were tasked to determine whether, by comparing the law syllabus taught by the two universities and the 10 areas of law covered by the CLP course, namely Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Tort (General Paper), Contract (General Paper), Advocacy and Duties of Counsel (Professional Practice), Ethics of the Legal Profession (Professional Practice), Land Law and Land Dealings (Professional Practice), Bankruptcy & Winding Up (Professional Practice), Probate & Administration of Estates (Professional Practice) and Civil Procedure, the law graduates of these two universities should be exempted from the CLP exam.

During their visits, the teams attended lectures, tutorials and moots; and examined and interviewed graduated students, existing students and their lecturers and tutors. Copies of the syllabus, examination questions, students' assignments and examination answers (categorised from poor to good), marking schemes, external examiners' comments, teaching materials and other relevant materials had also been extended to the teams during and prior to their visits.

The team members are currently in the process of filing their respective reports to the Evaluation Committee which will make the necessary recommendations to the LPQB.

At the visit to UUM, the following were responsible for the respective areas of law:

Criminal Procedure: Muniandy and Hisyam Teh Poh Teik who is a Bar Councillor and Chairman of Bar Council's Criminal Law Committee.

Evidence: Prof. Zita and Tuan Roslan bin Hanid who is the Butterworth Sessions Court Judge.

Tort: Puan Khadijah and Yeo Yang Poh who is a former Malaysian Bar President and now a Bar Councillor.

Contract: Prof. Zita and lawyer Megat Adbul Munir.

Advocacy and Duties of Counsel, Ethics: Roger Tan and Puan Hendon Mohamed, a former Malaysian Bar President and now a Bar Councillor.

Land Law and Land Dealings: Roger Tan and Andrew Wong Fook Hin, a former Bar Councillor and now the Chairman of Bar Council's Conveyancing Practice Committee.

Bankruptcy: Datuk Halijah and Teh Yoke Hooi who is a member of the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board.

Winding Up: Datuk Halijah and Puan Balqisaini bte Mohd Ali who is the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court Judge.

Probate & Administration of Estates: Puan Khadijah, Tuan Meor Sulaiman bin Ahmad Tarmizi who is the Taiping Sessions Court Judge and lawyer Lee Chooi Peng.

Civil Procedure: Muniandy and Nahendran Navaratnam who is a member of the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board.

At the visit to MMU, the following were responsible for the respective areas of law:

Criminal Procedure: Muniandy and Hisyam Teh Poh Teik.

Evidence: Prof. Zita and Tuan Roslan bin Mat Nor who is the Head of General & Sexual Crimes, Prosecution Division of the Attorney General's Chambers.

Tort: Puan Khadijah and Tuan Amarjeet Singh a/l Serjit Singh, who is the Head of Tort and Statutory Duties Unit of the Attorney General's Chambers.

Contract: Prof. Zita and Datuk Kuthubul Zaman b Bukhari, a former Malaysian Bar President and now a Bar Councillor.

Advocacy and Duties of Counsel, Ethics: Roger Tan and Puan Hendon Mohamed.

Land Law and Land Dealings: Roger Tan and Andrew Wong Fook Hin.

Bankruptcy: Datuk Halijah and Teh Yoke Hooi.

Winding Up: Datuk Halijah and Puan Balqisaini bte Mohd Ali.

Probate & Administration of Estates: Puan Khadijah, Tuan Ahmad Kamar bin Jamaludin who is the Senior Sessions Court Judge in Malacca and lawyer Lee Chooi Peng.

Civil Procedure: Muniandy and Nahendran Navaratnam.
sources: http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/bar_news/berita_badan_peguam/the_bar_joins_qualifying_boards_evaluation_team_to_uum_and_mmu.html

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