KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Bar has called on the Judiciary to reconsider its directive pertaining to e-filing of civil cases during the government’s 14-day period of Movement Control Order (MCO).
Its president Salim Bashir said this was because members of the Bar are facing great difficulty in complying with deadlines in the e-filing of cause papers and other documents in court, as a result of the MCO.
He said, such e-filing work would necessarily require contravention of the MCO.
"The Malaysian Bar is very concerned by reports received from law firms regarding the problems they face relating to e-filing, which according to the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court, shall proceed as normal, as stated in their directive to the courts and the Bar Council, on March 17.
"Hence, the Malaysian Bar urgently calls on the Judiciary to reconsider matters pertaining to e-filing as contained in the directive, and requests the Judiciary to exercise discretion fairly and mercifully in entertaining abridgement of time applications after March 31, by taking into account the calamity facing large number of lawyers, who are unable to do e-filing of documents, notices and other ancillary applications within the required period of time under the law," he said in a statement today.
Salim said, the Malaysian Bar has been made to understand that, due to the MCO, a number of lawyers are unable to access their physical offices, for the purpose of retrieving files, documents and using facilities to do e-filing as directed; while some are not able to engage with clients to obtain instructions.
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He hope that the Judiciary appreciated the concerns and appeals from members of the Bar, in time to come.
"We hope that our members can be given some space to deal with the situation on the ground," he said.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on March 16 announced that Malaysia would be imposing a nationwide MCO from March 18 to 31 to curb the spread of COVID-19.
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