Practice Direction No. 1 of 2011 – Time Limit for Lawyers Appointed by the Court in Death Penalty Cases to Submit their Claims for their Services
Below is the reproduction of a circular that was received from the Secretary of the Bar Council pertaining to Practice Direction No. 1 of 2011 on Time Limit for Lawyers Appointed by the Court in Death Penalty Cases to Submit their Claims for their Services.
Click here for a copy of Borang AA (word doc format).
The Chief Registrar has informed us that court appointed lawyers who represent the accused in death penalty cases in accordance with Practice Direction No 3 of 2010 must submit their claim for services to the relevant registry of the Federal / Appeal / High Courts within thirty (30) days from the completion date of the trial. The claims should be made by filling up Borang AA.
For cases which are completed in December, the claims are to be submitted to the relevant court registry before or at the latest by 10 January of the new year. There have been cases where lawyers have submitted their claims two (2) to four (4) years after completion of the trial. This creates problems for the court since special approval from the Ministry of Finance is required before payments can be made.
Claims will be rejected if lawyers do not submit their claims within the specified time.
Please find attached Practice Direction No 1 of 2011 and the guidelines to fill up Borang AA.