About us

 

“Through the centuries of war, social inequality and man’s inhumanity to man, there have been echoed the vow that justice should be available to all who seek it – irrespective of cost”


Blueprint for Justice
International Legal Aid Association

Purpose of the Malaysian Bar


- to uphold the cause of justice, without regard to its own interest or that of its members, uninfluenced by fear or favour;

- where requested to do so, to express its view on matters affecting legislation and to the administration and practice of the law in Malaysia;

- to represent, protect and assist members or of the legal profession in Malaysia and to promote in any proper manner the interests of the legal profession in Malaysia;

- to maintain and improve the standards of conduct and learning of the legal profession in Malaysia;

- to make provision for or assist in the promotion of a scheme whereby impecunious persons may be represented by advocates and solicitors.

The Malaysian Bar is unique in the sense that it has established the Bar Council Legal Aid Centres throughout Peninsula Malaysia to help citizens obtain access to justice.


PHILOSOPHY OF LEGAL AID


Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states “ALL are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law”.

Article 8 of the Federal Constitution states “ALL persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law”.

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MALAYSIAN BAR

The Malaysian Bar is a creature of statute established under the Advocates and Solicitors Ordinance 1947 which was subsequently repealed and replaced by the Legal Profession Act 1976. It is an independent Bar whose aim is to uphold the rule of law and the cause of justice and protect the interest of the legal profession as well as that of the public. There are approximately 16,000 lawyers in Malaysia and the number is growing annually. Each advocate and solicitor is automatically a member of the Malaysian Bar as long as he/she holds a valid Practising Certificate.