Sunday, February 22, 2009

The power is vested in the Attorney-General, not the Bar Council

The Sunday Star
WITH reference to the letter by WKL of Penang in The Star, February 19 (“UUM law grads still awaiting reply from Bar Council”), I wish to clarify on behalf of the Bar Council that the power to exempt Universiti Utara Malaysia law graduates from the Certificate of Legal Practice examination is vested with the Legal Profession Qualifying Board chaired by the Attorney-General, and not the Bar Council.

On Aug 24, 2008, 10 senior legal practitioners, together with other evaluators from the Judiciary and the Attorney-General’s chambers, all appointed by the Board, visited Universiti Utara Malaysia in Sintok, Kedah, and then Multi-media University in Malacca on Sept 3, 2008, to determine if UUM and MMU law graduates should be exempt from the CLP examination.

We have already made our recommendations to the Board, and it is for the Board to decide.

Malaysian Bar Evaluation Team head,
Kuala Lumpur.

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