Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How welcomes the suggestion by Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum for local lawyers to earn credit hours from various advocacy seminars to get their practising certificate (PC) renewed.
“I agree (with Malanjum’s suggestion). It is a good thing and I think everybody will agree because we are learning all the time. There are a lot of new things that we (can) learn,” he said during a press conference here yesterday.
Malanjum said he hoped to make the ruling compulsory by 2018, adding he would have to deliberate the matter with both the attorney-generals (AGs) of Sabah and Sarawak as well as the Sabah Law Association and Advocates’ Association of Sarawak before arriving at a final decision.
“It is still in discussion stage. I need to speak to the state AGs first and the associations. After that we will formulate the rules. Maybe 2018, we can refine it. It is good for lawyers to have courses. If they don’t attend a certain amount of hours in a year, then they won’t get the renewal.
“So it is good for the profession. But let me speak to the relevant stakeholders,” Malanjum was quoted as saying recently.
See, who is a lawyer, said Malanjum was well known to have many good ideas on how the legal profession could be improved, adding that the latter had brought in many very good senior judges from the Court of Appeal during the recently held third advocacy skills seminar.
See, who is state PKR vice chairman, said such seminars were good for lawyers as they would enable them to improve on skills, ethics and many other things related to the legal profession.
Source : The Borneo Post Online