by Wan Zafran Pawancheek
Published July 26, 2017
The public generally has two perceptions of lawyers:
one, that they all go to court; and
two, that lawyers often descend into belligerent verbal brawls or hyper-eloquent skirmishes of wit and law (or some fashionable combination of both) in open court.
While both perceptions are mistaken, the second is dangerously untrue.
Therefore, over the next few months, I intend to write about the practical aspect of the civil side of our legal system, with my series of articles entitled ‘The Malaysian Civil Courts’. I hope to guide laymen readers, and non-litigators (and perhaps even newly-minted litigators) on how lawyers and judges go about their duties in the Malaysian civil courts and what actually happens there.
I will begin with the four kinds of court appearances: mentions, case managements, trials, and hearings, and how they flow/lead into each other. I will expand from there.
If any topic vexes you, feel free to write to me with your suggestions.