Bar Council Malaysia


Methodologies: Advocacy, Legal Aid, Capacity Building / Education

Fields of expertise: Justice Administration and Efficiency, incl. Anti-Corruption,, Judicial and Legal Education, Including on Human Rights, Legal Ethics

Types: Bar Association / Bar Council

Regions: Asia and Pacific

The Malaysian Bar is an independent Bar that was established under the Advocates and Solicitors’ Ordinance 1947, which was subsequently repealed by the Legal Profession Act 1976 (“LPA”).

Many objects and powers of the Bar are outlined in Section 42 of the LPA, the first of which is “to uphold the cause of justice without regard to its own interests or that of its members, uninfluenced by fear or favour”.  Its purposes also include:

  • to maintain and improve the standards of conduct and learning of the legal profession in Malaysia;
  • to facilitate the acquisition of legal knowledge by members of the legal profession and others;
  • where requested so to do, to express its view on matters affecting legislation and the administration and practice of the law in Malaysia;
  • to represent, protect and assist members of the legal profession in Malaysia and to promote in any proper manner the interests of the legal profession in Malaysia;
  • to protect and assist the public in all matters touching ancillary or incidental to the law;
  • to make provision for or assist in the promotion of a scheme whereby impecunious persons may be represented by advocates and solicitors; and
  • to establish a Compensation Fund (for losses sustained as a result of the dishonesty of lawyers).

Every advocate and solicitor practising in Peninsular Malaysia is automatically a member of the Malaysian Bar so long as he or she holds a valid Practising Certificate.  As at 28 June 2013, the membership of the Malaysian Bar stood at approximately 15,000 members.

The Malaysian Bar is governed by an independent and elected Bar Council, which comprises 38 advocates and solicitors who are elected annually to manage the affairs and perform the functions of the Malaysian Bar.

For more information, please visit the Malaysian Bar’s website.