Circular No: 043/2021
Date: 16 March 2021
Dear Members of the Kuala Lumpur Bar and Pupils-in-Chambers,
We refer to the report in the Star newspaper on 11.3.2021 titled “Chambering Students acting as touts”, wherein pupils-in-chambers have been alleged to have approached potential clients at various Courts in Selangor at the behest of lawyers. Both the Bar Council and Selangor Bar Committee have issued statements in relation to this.
The Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee echoes both views by the Bar Council and Selangor Bar Committee. These acts whether done through pupils-in-chambers, lawyers and/or agents, inter alia, run afoul of section 15A of the Minor Offences Act 1955 and are punishable by the same provision.
The Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee through its Criminal Law Practice Committee and the Bar Council Legal Aid Centre (Kuala Lumpur) has been and is actively working with the Kuala Lumpur Courts and relevant stakeholders in our efforts to eradicate touting. Thus far, our efforts include the following :-
(a) YBGK campaign where booths manned by our pupils and volunteer lawyers of the Bar Council Legal Aid Centre (Kuala Lumpur) are placed at level B1 and lobby of the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex (this campaign was temporarily halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic but is expected to resume soon); and
(b) several police reports have been lodged against members and agents where we are currently following up with the Attorney General’s Chambers pertaining to prosecution of criminal charges against these persons.
Whilst we remain resolute and serious in our ongoing efforts to eradicate touting at the Kuala Lumpur Courts, we call upon members to work together with us so that we can continue our efforts on a larger scale.
For pupils-in-chambers and/or associates who are being forced or made to tout either directly or indirectly, our doors are open where we will assist you to lodge a complaint to the Disciplinary Board against the Master/member and assist the pupil-in-chambers in finding a replacement Master.
Please contact us at email@example.com for assistance and to lodge your complaint.
Let’s work together to eradicate touting.
Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee
Collin Arvind Andrew
KLBC Criminal Law Practice Committee