Courtesy Call with the Managing Judge of the Criminal Division on 06.05.2011

The KL Bar Criminal Practice Committee (CPC) and representatives of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee paid a courtesy call on the Managing Judge of the Criminal Division, Y.A. Tan Sri Dato’ Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin and the KL Criminal High Court Judges on 6th May 2011 at 3.00pm.

Apart from the courtesy call, the CPC had taken the opportunity to raise these issues:

1.0 Tracking System
The meeting agreed that there are still some teething problems with the implementation of the Tracking System in the Criminal Division at the Kuala Lumpur Courts.

The Judges stated that they did not have any major issues with the Members of the Bar. The CPC raised the problem of the failure of the Prosecutions in giving the documentations to the Defence Counsel within the time directed by the Deputy Registrar and hence, there is non-compliance with section 51A of the CPC.

The Managing Judge requested Members of the Bar to cooperate and give the Tracking System a chance as it has just been implemented for the last 6 months. Adjustments are needed by all involved. He will also be calling a meeting with the Prosecutions to resolve the arising issues. The CPC requested to be invited for the meeting.

2.0 Reading Materials for Prisons Campaign
The meeting was informed that the CPC had launched a campaign to collect books and magazines for prisoners which will run from 27th April to 31st May 2011. The CPC invited all present to donate books and magazines for this purpose.

3.0 Legal Aid
The CPC stated that 80% of criminal matters are not represented. Clients may approach the Legal Aid Centre or the newly formed Yayasan Bantuan Guaman Kebangsaan for free legal advice/representations.

The CPC also highlighted that there is a proposed action plan to run a campaign against touting at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex.

4.0 Bukit Jalil Remand Centre
The meeting agreed that to date, the Remand Centre is functioning smoothly.

The CPC suggested that the signage ‘Mahkamah’ be changed to ‘Kamar Hakim’ as ‘Mahkamah’ would mean free access by the public.

The meeting adjourned at 3.45 pm.

Datuk Baljit Singh Sidhu
KL Bar Criminal Practice Committee