If a party in any legal proceeding requires legal representation of a lawyer from outside Sabah, that party can get the lawyer concerned to apply for ‘ad hoc’ admission to practise in that matter.
BAR The Sabah Law Association (SLA) begs to differ with those who continue to criticize a Federal Court decision on 7 December 2015 on whether a lawyer called to the Sabah Bar may represent a party in arbitration “proceedings conducted and heard in
The decision, said a spokesman, reaffirms and reinforces the “exclusive right” of Sabah lawyers to practise in Sabah as stated in section 8(1) of the Advocates Ordinance (
The SLA expressed confidence that “
“The decision of the apex court further strengthens the notion that ‘unqualified lawyers’ from outside Sabah are not entitled to perform any form of legal work whether outside or in the courts. Otherwise, they would be committing an offence pursuant to section 16(1) of the Advocates Ordinance of Sabah,” said the spokesman. “This includes legal services such as conveyancing works, banking documentation, drafting agreements, and corporate and advisory works performed in
The spokesman reminded that by a Joint Press Statement with the Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS), the SLA had raised this issue on 19 October 2015 in stating that “legal services conducted in either Sabah or Sarawak are an exclusive right of lawyers from either of the two Borneo states respectively”.
Notwithstanding the Federal Court decision, added the spokesman, the
The discretion to allow such as application was wholly within the purview of the Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and
Sabah lawyers would greatly benefit, said the SLA, from the Federal Court decision in that it would put a stop to non-Sabah lawyers entering