Published: Wednesday January 23, 2013 MYT 1:46:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday January 23, 2013 MYT 2:33:28 PM
Bar proposes settlement with lawyer over EGM notice
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar and Bar Council have proposed a possible settlement over a lawyer's suit challenging the legality of a notice for the Malaysian Bar's extraordinary general meeting.
Lead counsel Tommy Thomas told High Court judge Justice John Louis O'Hara that they hoped to resolve the matter before the Malaysian Bar annual general meeting on March 16.
"The entire dispute is on EGM," he told O'Hara.
In the test case, lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz claimed that a notice for the Malaysian Bar EGM issued on May 4 was invalid and went against the Legal Profession Act 1976.
Mohd Khairul's co-counsel Shaharudin Ali told O'Hara that both parties have agreed to cordially meet and discuss the path towards amicable settlement of the case.
O'Hara set Feb 4 for case management.
Speaking to reporters later, Shaharudin said that his client was ready to proceed with the hearing of the striking out of the suit by both defendants.
Meanwhile, a group of people from several non-governmental organisations held a noisy protest in the court complex car park on Wednesday.
Clad in red attire, they were shouting slogans such as "Clean the Bar Council".
The court had in June last year struck out the claim against Bar Council chairman Lim Chee Wee and its secretary Tony Woon Yeow Thong after the plaintiff decided not to pursue the case against the two.
In his original claim, Mohd Khairul named the Malaysian Bar, Bar Council, Lim and Woon as defendants.
He claimed that on May 4 last year, Woon had uploaded a circular on the Malaysian Bar website stating that an EGM would be held at a hotel here at 3pm on May 11.
He said the defendants failed, refused or neglected the statutory rights of the Bar's 14,189 members by not mailing the notice and motion to them.