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Abuse of process brings disrepute to our justice system – Malaysian Bar 
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THE Malaysian Bar is aghast with the slew of developments unfolding before our eyes in the case involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Federal Court.

The nation is witnessing our justice system being abused and brought to disrepute through the frantic acts and numerous attempts to postpone the hearing of the case, application to discharge from acting for the former prime minister, defiance by refusing to proceed with submissions on the appeal after the Federal Court had made its ruling, and the sudden discharge of Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Liew Teck Huat, and Rueben Mathiavaranam by Najib.

The public must be made aware that the level of professionalism expected of advocates and solicitors is measured against the existing rules on practice and etiquette. The Bar Council expects adherence by all lawyers so as to preserve the highest professional standards and in upholding the dignity of the legal profession. 

The Legal Profession (Practice and Etiquette) Rules 1978 (LPPER) sets the barometer for the conduct of lawyers in the country and also reflects the underlying paramount duty of lawyers to the court as officers of the court.

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