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Regulation Directory project - Malaysia

Legal Jurisdictions

Malaya (West Malaysia) and East Malaysia

Lawyer Title(s)

Advocate/Solicitor

Regulator(s) of Admission

Registrar of the High Court of Malaya for West Malaysia.
Registrars for the High Courts of Sabah and Sarawak for East Malaysia.

Contact/URL

www.kls.org.kw    

Regulator(s) of Practice

West Malaysia: Advocates and solicitors in West Malaysia are required to observe rules for regulating the professional practice, etiquette, conduct and discipline made by the Bar Council, (eg the Legal Profession Practice and Etiquette Rules)
East Malaysia: In Sabah and Sarawak, The Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and the Chief Justice of the High Court of Sarawak respectively, are empowered to make rules regulating the practice and etiquette of the profession in the relevant state, the method for the keeping of accounts and disciplinary proceedings.


Contact/URL

The Malaysian Bar Website http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/governing_laws/
Sabah Law Association Website http://www.sabahbar.org.my
Advocates’ Association of Sarawak http://www.sarawak-advocates.org.my    

Disciplinary Authorities

West Malaysia: The Bar Council handles all matters pertaining to disciplinary investigations and actions.
East Malaysia: In Sabah and Sarawak, the Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and the Chief Justice of the High Court of Sarawak handle all disciplinary proceedings.


Contact/URL

The Malaysian Bar Website http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/governing_laws/
Sabah Law Association Website http://www.sabahbar.org.my
Advocates’ Association of Sarawak http://www.sarawak-advocates.org.my

Primary Legislative Source

The Legal Profession Act 1976 (“LPA”) generally governs the legal practice in West Malaysia. Practice in Sabah and Sarawak is governed respectively by the Advocate Ordinance Sabah 1953 and the Advocate Ordinance Sarawak 1953.